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Charles River Development President and Chief Executive Officer Spiros Giannaros
Spiros Giannaros
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  • "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. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Client management associate

      3 Dec 2015 -  in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      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

      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      good for 6 months but bad for long term

      11 Jan 2013 - Implementation Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, flat structure so you get things done faster. Great place for learning and sharing so you understand how Charles river fits in the financial environment. Very relaxed atmosphere. Great product built by some very smart people. its also implemented and supported by people who know how to do it right

      Cons

      where to start, everything here is the bare minimum that goes for pension, benefits and insurance the salary is ok. if you have career ambitions avoid this place at all costs. I can go on and on I second and support all the cons mentioned about this company.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Former employee, great company

      22 Oct 2020 - Compliance Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Small company, a lot of collaboration with very smart people, great and continuous training.

      Cons

      Have to go abroad for a very extensive training period which, in my case, happened in the summer. The costs are all covered all you lose is your time basically.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Decent place

      26 Dec 2020 - Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people with lots of experience. Opportunity for lot of experience in finance domain Decent pay Transparent management

      Cons

      Repetitive work Tight deadlines many times No laptops for engineering No equity

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Legacy Software!!! Good Pay

      26 Nov 2019 - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Higher than industry standard salary, Gym, Smart people around. There is a hope to modernize product/solutions technically. 4 weeks vacation from first year.

      Cons

      Legacy product, lot of over engineered solutions and very hard to understand them. Almost every engineers work from Burlington office and the teams lack a global work environment culture. Health benefits are not good.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Former Employee

      really substantial work experience

      5 Aug 2019 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Charles River is a good place to work with some very smart people

      Cons

      no work from home option at all

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great place to work

      27 Jun 2019 - Manager in Burlington, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very smart people, dedicated workforce, self motivated/self starter mentality.

      Cons

      None I can think of since PKL left.

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    8. 3.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Software Engineer

      1 Apr 2019 - Software Engineer Co-Op in Burlington, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. Decent pay 2. Work can be good, depending on team 3. Smart people to work with

      Cons

      1. Old tech stack 2. No wfh 3. Very old code base 4. Side projects for interns 5. No team bonding activities

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Work!

      29 Dec 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Charles River is a great company filled with very smart people. I am very surprised by some of the reviews I have seen on here, because this is not my experience at all. The product speaks for itself, as it's one of the top in the industry. Charles River is a company that has grown very steadily for over 10 years and it's filled with very good people that have been here for a long time. This is a great place if you're looking for a long term career. It may not be for everyone, but if you're willing to put in dedication and good work, there's many opportunities to grow your career. If you do your job, you'll be successful.

      Cons

      Charles River, may have some growing pains here and there, as they look to make the product better, add new products and services, but it's no different from any other company in that regard.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Smart People, Good Technical Experience

      7 May 2014 - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Charles River hires very smart people. Co-workers are some of the best I've worked with. Large-scale application development, so this offers a great opportunity to see how to design, extend, and manage a complex code base. Development is in Java and C#, against multiple databases, and is non-trivial -- so good for anyone who has an interest in data structures, algorithms, threading, and performance. Also good for people who have experience in one language domain but want to build up their experience in another. Good growth potential, and company pays well. Company has a reputation around hours, but in practice schedules are flexible, most developers and management have families, and respect work-life balances -- geenral approach is to work smarter, not harder. Also, this isn't a company where you are on a pager or working weekends on production issues. Company is big enough that they can hire to grow and focus on issues, but small enough that they can get things done and don't have significant politics issues.

      Cons

      Culture can be a bit dry, and the work-life balance mentioned above is still evolving, but this is generally more of a communication issue than a real issue. Best for people with solid programming / data structure experience and/or financial experience.

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