Charles River Development Employee Reviews about "work from home"

Updated 12 Jan 2020

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Charles River Development President and Chief Executive Officer 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. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good people, bad work culture and work life balance.

      12 Jan 2020 - Associate Systems Analyst in Martinsville, IN
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      Pros

      Work with very skilled people Decent benefits

      Cons

      Long hours 30 minute lunch if you are an hourly employee Lots of finger pointing when things go wrong Early 90s work feel and culture Not a lot of positions to get promoted to There is no work from home option for people working in the lower ranks.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      really substantial work experience

      5 Aug 2019 - Software Engineer 
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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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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee

      High pay for boring job

      19 Oct 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - Engineering staff's salaries are above average - but for good reasons (see "cons" for details). - The product development and life-cycle processes are very well organized, especially considering the size and complexity of the system. A good chance to learn some very marketable skills and techniques in this area. - Exposure to a lot of financial industry knowledge, which is also sells good. - Nice and intelligent rank and file people (but the air is thinning rapidly with every management level).

      Cons

      Where to begin... - The management style is very authoritarian, from CEO/owner all the way down. Talented leaders leave, masters of corporate politics stay. - The technologies and architecture the system is built on are obsolete by 15+ years, with no real efforts to move it into 21st century. It appears that the key decision makers in this area are quietly planning to cash out before this comes back and bites the company in the butt. - 45-hrs work week, no work from home unless it is a major snowstorm or a zombie apocalypse. - The corporate culture is very dull (think "Office Space"). Company events are as much fun as a distant relative's funeral. - Regular firings of people to keep everybody else motivated to work harder. - Add up all of above and it explains why the company has to pay high to retain at least somewhat competent workforce. Does not help much though, the really good engineers are either avoiding the company or leaving quickly.

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      17 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Hard-working leader in the industry with great people on board makes it a stimulating place to work

      10 Oct 2014 - Team Lead in Burlington, MA
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      Pros

      They hire the best talent available and have built a great pool of expertise over many years. It is a collegial atmosphere with free sharing of ideas. The latest Java and C# technology keeps you current. Upper levels of management have high competence - the company doesn't make decisions lightly. The president/owner of this privately held firm is still highly involved in the business and technical aspects. Compensation and benefits are on par or better than others. The company works at a steady but somewhat fast pace - everyone is expected to be a strong contributor and on their game. The work hours are reasonable for the most part - I've worked other jobs with much higher demands. Work time is flexible with some core hours.

      Cons

      It can be difficult to move around in the company, there isn't a formal process in place to make it happen across the business units. However, people are promoted from the inside when possible to fill needed roles. The company supports self-improvement through internal training; tuition reimbursement is not a formal benefit. The strong team culture makes working from home less effective and therefore doesn't happen very often.

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Crd software engineer review.

      2 Jan 2018 - Entry Level Java/C# Developer in Burlington, MA
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      Pros

      - Good work life balance. - People will give you enough time to get on pace with a lot of things you see. - People will help you settle down. - The company is financially stable and rarely will you see layoffs.

      Cons

      - Technology wise they are at least 10 years behind the market. The reason is that they need a stable product for some legacy customers to support legacy features and thus are very reluctant to jump on new things. - Company culture is not great.They do not permit work from home(at all), its a strict 9 hr work day so even if you finish your tasks earlier you have to sit idol for the rest of the time. And this is not team specific, I have seen this across all teams in development. - If you are a tech savy engineer looking to join a company which will bring you up to speed with the latest Technologies then crd is a BIG NO!!

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee

      A place full of proud, self motivated professionals, they “get it done” and go home to their families

      30 Jan 2011 - Product Specialist in Burlington, MA
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      Pros

      If you are looking to work with highly professional, self motivated group of people, this is the place. All are focused on delivering competitive, quality product. But if you are looking for a pat on the back with every small project that gets done, this is not the style here. Work week is 45 hours, but that's it. Only on few occasions some are asked to work few weekends. In general, management respect the fact that most employees have families and need to be home in the evenings and weekends. Although few junior college grads were hired recently, the vast majority of employees here are usually senior professionals. The few juniors that were hired were selected as the best of many interns who were screened for months. The bureaucratic nightmares that you normally see in large organizations, are virtually non existent here.

      Cons

      The company does not officially support working from home, although many do it when needed.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      If only I could give no stars! Worst company I have ever worked for.

      2 Nov 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      I can't think of a single pro!

      Cons

      The list is too long. - The management has absolutely no respect for their employees. They fire somebody just so they can keep the employees on their toes. And they don't like you mingling with your co-workers! - Zero team activities. Not even a team lunch once a year. - There are absolutely no perks. I think the only perk is they provide water and coffee for free. - Just forget about your work/life balance, social life. They have a weird 45 hours work week. No working from home. And they are monitoring you all the time! BEWARE! - The managers are inexperienced. They do everything else other than managing. - no growth opportunities, no bonus, not a great salary, raises are nominal.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      I love it here.

      30 Oct 2012 - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
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      Pros

      CRD is a financially stable company; software has great reputation and recognition in industry. Mostly very smart people focused on getting their job done (slackers beware - there is a low tolerance threshold for incompetence). Comfortable work environment. I don't see much micromanagement. and I don't think there is as much 'politics' as most other companies. Good training program. Gym in the building.

      Cons

      Would like more flexibility to work from home.

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    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Recent direction is not positive

      14 Oct 2017 - Product Management in Verden (Aller)
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      Pros

      Excellent exposure to clients (asset managers, hedge funds). Constant opportunities for relationship managers and product teams to talk to clients. Great to have on-site talented engineering teams.

      Cons

      The CEO/owner has let go - or driven out by resignation - in recent months several of the industry experts the firm had. We've lost colleagues that understood the markets, could talk to the clients in great detail about their business needs, and provided direction for the product. Remaining managers are concerned about making project decisions because of recent events. This has left us in some areas rudderless. The CEO/owner does not wish to get involved in the road map planning of new projects or initiatives, or to delegate the responsibility to another senior manager. The projects have road maps based on the resources the CEO/owner is willing to commit. The CEO/owner months later checks in and expects different results, and summarily lets go - or forces out - the individuals leading the effort. The firm is obsessed with pushing all clients to SaaS but is not materially investing in technologies that would better leverage the SaaS model. The work-from-home policy is luddite. The CEO/owner works from home 99.9% of the time, but if staff want (or need) to work from home occasionally, they are reminded that work from home is not sanctioned. The CEO/owner is myopically concerned by a single competitor when it's losing deals to multiple competitors.

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      19 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Not the place to go for modern technology

      4 Aug 2018 - Senior Engineer 
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      Pros

      High proportion of intelligent co-workers Good base salary

      Cons

      Technology is incredibly out of date with no appetite from senior management to address it Lack of flexible hours. 45 hours with little tolerance to flex hours for one off reasons No work from home. Tons of process which has been grown to compensate for antiquated technology No career advancement.

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      14 people found this review helpful
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