Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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  1. Low pay, good for entry level but get out ASAP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Good benefits like vacation time and medical insurance

    Cons

    Pay is low, no place to grow financially and technically, no bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard work is not recognized by the management. Need atleast good pay for motivation to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Looks promising upfront... Not so much

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Always changing envirnoment.
    Constant challenge day in and day out.
    HR tried to be mindful of crosstraining, but doesnt mean a promotion.

    Cons

    The politics are really bad at all levels. The Test Facility Management cares about their own jobs more than they care about improving the work place and the job itself. They are never willing to really challenge a customer as long as they pay is there.
    It also feels like you are being used, as they will consistently place you in mny different areas/projects, but refuse to compensate you adequetly due to a set path. One year means one year, regardless of whether you contribute a lot or nothing at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A growing company deserves growing support. Let go of what used to be guidelines and were made rules and try to improve the envirnoment for techs, management, and SD's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Unnecessarily high stress for a job that shouldn't be this hard.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    For the kind of things that we are responsible for, the salary is good. Also, coworkers are great. The vet techs and most PI's are friendly and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Management is TERRIBLE. You are stuck between a rock and a hard place constently. People are in constant fear of losing their job or they stop caring for the job. For the work that is done, they hire people that are over qualified to make up for the lack of training provided. They promise that things will get better. However, they are really slow on their promises. Also, there is no opportunity to grow, unless you don't mind moving to different locations. This is a new contract. Therefore, I'm really hoping things will improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because it is a contract, does not mean your employees should be pushed a side to meet the demands of the client. Also, before blaming other people for the mistakes they might have made due to said person feeling overwhelmed, look internally to figure out why all employees are feel this way. Do not just take the clients word for it. Discuss the situation with the employee to make a well rounded informed decision.

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  5. Opportunities for career growth was nonexistent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to work from home

    Cons

    Management has become increasingly lean with very little mentoring

  6. Accept a position at CRL with caution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very team-oriented approach to the laboratory work, where you can get help when you need it. You then, are expected to offer your services. Teaches you time management.

    Cons

    If you are a senior member of the company, with a good salary, be aware you eventually will be targeted for being laid off. The company somehow determines the revenue each site should bring in each quarter. This number is routinely unattainable, and when it is inevitably not reached, high paid employees will be eliminated. The remaining staff then has to absorb the extra work, thus lowering morale ever more. An endless cycle. Management in MA are aware of this problem, but simply put, don't care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whatever algorithm is used to determine the numbers.....stop using it. Be concerned that the quality of life for your employees is below sub-par.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Upper management seems clueless

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Small, friendly lab, great co-workers, flexible hours (reason for 2 stars)

    Cons

    things often reach a 'crisis mode' where our managers get pummeled by upper mgmt; trickle-down effect. data management: methods are sloppy, technology is atrocious and primitive, time-waster. clients seem to be promised more than employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper mgmt - recognize the value of your "low-level" employees. CARE about your employees. none of us at this lab feel you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Employees are really just faceless bodies here.

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    Former Employee - Report Coordinator
    Former Employee - Report Coordinator

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture (at US and UK sites), benefits, core values.

    Cons

    No room for advancement unless you are friends with management, team morale extremely low at most sites, lots of political infighting, very poor salaries at Canadian site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using fear tactics to keep people working at 110% with low morale and burnout. It is well documented that encouragement and advancement opportunities make people want to give their best at work.
    Stop rewarding years of loyal, exceptional service to the company with employee layoffs. The company is known for them and has a relatively negative public image.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Beware, not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of work to keep you busy. You'll never get fired.

    Cons

    HR and Sr. Management treat employees like crud. You better know how to kiss up and stay on EVERYONE's good side at ALL times or else you are in for a bad time. CRL doesn't seem to believe in firing people which means that no matter how imcompetent your coworkers are, you are stuck with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. prison like atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Animal Caretaker in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Animal Caretaker in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    none the work is Repetitive and mind numbing

    Cons

    Always changing rules and standards management is almost totally incompetent, if you last long Enough you will need some type of corrective Surgery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to replace all management at frederick location, the company needs to look at how each location is managed and put in place a set of standard rules, it is like each location is its own entity inside of charles river

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    There's Potential, But Needs Some Help

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    Current Contractor - Lab Tech in Malvern, PA
    Current Contractor - Lab Tech in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Rather laidback work environment. Managers dress business casually and technicians can dress in jeans.
    -Very friendly employees. Made me feel very welcome there the very first day.
    -Flexible schedules, for wage employees at least. You can arrive and leave at just about any time you want as long as you get in your 40 hours.
    -Nice place to get experience.

    Cons

    -Sometimes a little too laidback. I learned that people can get away with a lot of things that are downright unethical and sometimes dangerous.
    -Apparently incompetency doesn't get one fired.
    -Lack of communication between upper management and lower employees. Several cases of the right hand not knowing with the left hand is doing.
    -Low wages compared to many pharmaceutical companies.
    -Upper management seems unconcerned with employee needs.
    -High turnover rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees' concerns and take them seriously, lest you lose a lot of good workers. This has been a common theme during my time there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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