Charles River Development Reviews

Updated 4 Mar 2021

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82%
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Charles River Development President and Chief Executive Officer Spiros Giannaros
Spiros Giannaros
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "Charles River is a good place to work with some very smart people(in 34 reviews)

  • "The work/life balance is probably the best in the industry(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "There is no work from home option for people working in the lower ranks(in 19 reviews)

  • "Still transitioning from a work culture to a work/life balance culture(in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Support Specialist"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Great work/life balance"

    3.0
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    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
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    Current Employee - Associate FIX Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The work/life balance is probably the best in the industry.

    Cons

    -Slow progression -Low salary -Low bonus -No allowance for remote working -HR department is not very good

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  3. Helpful (4)

    "Charles River Development"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time for 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 .

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Client management associate"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development for 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. "Good experience, but don't stay long"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  6. "Great"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development

    Pros

    I love to Travel in Europe

    Cons

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

  7. Helpful (10)

    "The bookcover doesn't match the content here"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  8. Helpful (6)

    "A stable company, but with authoritarian management"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Charles River Development

    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.

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  9. Helpful (5)

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

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time for 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

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  10. Helpful (2)

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Development full-time for 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)

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