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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. Helpful (1)

    "Support Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    Good knowledgeable people, good working balance

    Cons

    No bonus, little incentive, but possibility to improve career changing team


  2. Helpful (8)

    "The bookcover doesn't match the content here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Development full-time

    Pros

    1. Good learning curve
    2. People are knowledgeable (most of them)
    3. Initial training is extensive.

    Cons

    1. Some highly unskilled people.
    2. Some questionable movement of people within and across teams.
    3. Benefits not upto par with the rest of industry.
    4. People will snipe you every chance they get.
    5. No career progression.
    6. Company's reputation in the industry is going down due to past strategic decisions.

    Advice to Management

    I would write something here but it is obvious they would not listen.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work - low level of career progression/mgt"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting people to work with
    - Interesting work and projects
    - Variety of clients

    Cons

    - Company administration/processes can be heavy and disorganised
    - Little (or none) career follow up
    - Loads of work for low recognition (at least in implementation)

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people and value them - recognise the work done - agree training/career development plan - need better benefits and work life balance


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Client management associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working hours, challenging environment, Around very smart people. Job is harder than what you do in investment banking or elsewhere.

    Cons

    Includes travelling 30% of the time depending on your role


  5. Helpful (6)

    "A stable company, but with authoritarian management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Decent pay, nice London offices in good location (good cycle parking and showers), overall a well respected brand and organisation with seemingly good prospects.

    Cons

    Two or three people at the top call all the shots. It is privately owned by the CEO who takes a very active view on most areas of the business. Those who disagree (and are senior enough to be noticed) are fired or resign resulting in quite a high turnover of senior management in certain departments. This can be quite demoralising further down the chainn when the "reset" button is hit each year, and a new manager comes in. It doesn't take advantage of the very clever and experienced people who are hired.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the senior management you hire. Take their advice, and support them even when their suggestions are not how things have been done previously. Alternatively, make the limited scope for development clear at interview stage, to reduce management turnover.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "calm but no progress unless you want to travel 100%"

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    wide exposure to market processes, investment classes
    good client facing experience, many clients
    finish work at 6pm
    occasional travel at client site
    Support team well run, good manager
    open communication on a technical level with other teams

    Cons

    pay rises max 3% per year
    flat structure, no internal promotion, only to other teams
    option to move to Implementation team which means 100% travel at short notice (1+ year in a foreign city, not your choice)
    only 5 paid sick days per year
    only 20 days holiday when you join
    only minimum statutory maternity pay - minimum legal, they won't change that

    Advice to Management

    Create more flexible roles
    bring benefits in line with the London market standards


  7. "Good experience, but don't stay long"

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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

    Pay is in the high end for BA work and the experience you get with both order management and working as a consultant is great. Finally, it helps you build a great network in the front office world.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities.
    Only 21 days of annual leave and max 5 sick days a year.
    Poor people management.

    Advice to Management

    Train the managers.
    Improve the benefits.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Charles River Development"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Charles River leads the field in the 1 stop shop OEMS space.
    Impressive client base.
    Quality of employees.
    A current and robust technical platform.
    CRD feels well positioned.

    Cons

    Small company growing bigger.
    Company buy in closed even at director level (shares, options etc)
    Still very US-centric.
    Sites need to control their own P&L .


  9. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love to Travel in Europe

    Cons

    Travelling 100% of time not allow you to organize your life


  10. 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.