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Charles River Development Reviews

Updated 1 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Work happens at a good cadence so good work life balance" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Charles River is a good place to work with some very smart people" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "no work from home option at all (specially in operation team)--- why not have same policy for everyone" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Just forget about your work/life balance, social life" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with some very bright minds, can learn a lot, fast paced meaning lots of work

    Cons

    Micromanagement, mandatory 45 hour weeks, zero to no perks

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith in your workers and do not micromanage.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Don't.............."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Rank and file employees were fantastic.

    Cons

    Anti-progressive.
    Anti-individual.
    Anti-promotion.
    Anti-communication.
    Ridiculously Political.
    Controlling.
    Hypocritical.
    Dishonest.
    Anti-morale.
    Anti-training.
    Compulsory 60-minute unpaid lunch, to keep everyone on site for 9 hours.
    Deliberately diacourages camaraderie.
    Management rude, dishonest, guarded.
    Infrastructure poor.
    Slaves to process, where no process officially exists.
    If you have the choice to either eat a lukewarm plate of vomit, or work for this insidious, maggot-infested stain of a company, bottoms-up.

    Advice to Management

    Resign, the lot of you. Start again. This time with enterprising, decent human beings.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, industry leader/great solutions, some really smart people to work with

    Cons

    High turnover of staff, zero chance of career progression, company culture does not inspire, annual salary is pre-decided by management regardless of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Lead and manage employees by motivating and inspiring them and they might stick around just a little bit longer


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of responsibility, but limited support"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Burlington, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Burlington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tons of responsibility for a first job
    Lots of exposure to senior management
    Consistently pushed to learn more

    Cons

    When sent out into the field, support can be very limited at times. For somebody that didn't have contacts within engineering, it can be extremely daunting. Very sink or swim mentality.
    Nonexistant company culture.

    Advice to Management

    More feedback and communication, please.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "dead end company for personal growth"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    salary is competitive
    mall is close by...

    Cons

    no work culture at all
    unfriendly environment
    buggy proprietary technologies with close to zero or outdated documentation
    outdated workplace - unless you are nostalgic about 80th office space
    no teamwork (you barely talking to your team)
    no team buildings (drink alone, eat alone will be your credo)
    no introductory steps for newcomers - you will be expected to perform as good as people working here for 10 years from day 1
    you are expected to work long hours (directly or indirectly)
    micromanagement (up to ridiculous every hour check)
    don't expect work/life balance here - work hard, play hard is not about this company - work hard, work hard - people are expected to spend 9 hours working and are ashamed to be relaxed
    every team has it's own code style which is far from standards
    no freedom to make your own decision how to implement code, you will be forced to do as your team lead sees it even if it's obvious anti-pattern

    Advice to Management

    hire a company to audit your processes, code, solutions, architecture and make sure that people have their titles because of their qualities / abilities, and not just because of the long work in the company


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Decent Company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Growing company, overall good company

    Cons

    Some managers/Team Leads have zero leadership skills to become Team Leads, no freedom at all to work independently so much micro management. Not only work has to done but it has to be the way your team lead thinks is the right way (which is always wrong). Zero leadership skills. Some team leads dont even know how to communicate things micro management is their top priority. If anyone in the team complains about anything or try to share their thoughts with the management, they are kicked out of the company. seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Give proper training to Team Leads to become better managers.


  7. "Implementation Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Stimulating, challenging work. Experience across all security types, investment strategies, and firm types.
    Ability to work remotely.

    Cons

    Lack of information organization within professional services.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Principal Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Best place for gaining domain expertise in trading
    Decent pay and 401k
    Stable product and no budget issues
    Process oriented and sticks to it fiercely

    Cons

    Career stages are not well defined
    Tech leads are absolute decision makers like it or not.
    It's all about pleasing the tech lead, disagreeing can get you fired.
    If your performance review reads "meets expectations", you will get 60% of the bonus.
    Outdated tech stack, product not easily flexible for any new adaptation
    No WFH, mandatory 45 hrs work week.
    Developers are QAs and vice-versa.

    Advice to Management

    Good technical talent necessarily does not translate to good managers
    Implement one up reviews
    State Street acquisition is a silver lining that time will tell.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "The most diabolically evil place I have ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, that is about it.

    Cons

    - Mandatory overtime. 45 hours per week.
    - CEO is a jerk, and he makes sure to hire managers who are the same.
    - Management by intimidation, threat, and fear.
    - Constant eavesdropping and micromanagement.
    - Forced overtime.
    - It made me physically sick to work there.
    - God help you if you go to the cafeteria for lunch, take a walk, or use the onsite gym.
    - Continual and rampant firings.
    - Two-faced Team Lead.

    Advice to Management

    I hope you pay for the harm you have caused, and continue to do.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Product Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, flexible working environment, caring supervisor

    Cons

    Not any cons from my perspective