Charles River Laboratories

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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They also have good benefits like vacation time (in 9 reviews)

  • A good place to learn some of the basics of nonclinical testing (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of communication between upper management with employees (in 8 reviews)

  • Horrible work environment in the internal audit department (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place, great people.

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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

    Excellent company during a very tough time.

    Cons

    Facing major changes to the marketplace that may affect core businesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good start in the laboratory animal field

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    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience. They also have good benefits like vacation time. The supervisors are flexible and understanding. Overall a great place to work in the laboratory animal field.

    Cons

    You have to work 2 holidays a years, but you get flex days. The work can be very physically exhausting.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Hard Work Honest Pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits, You know what the work you have to do is, no tricks with this company.

    Cons

    long periods of time bending over and lifting things can eventually hurt your back and I have seen it happen to people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice balance of work/life....in the beginning.

    Cons

    Had new Supervisor oversee my operations and changed the schedule since it did not work well with hers upsetting the balance of life/work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to Work For

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good supervisors who listen to suggestions. Yearly awards and nomination recognition.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for advancement by offering trainings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    small departments that work efficiently with others

    Cons

    Be careful what you say about others because everyone knows each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    One Charles River

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Even though Charles River is a global organization, there is a lot of emphasis on team work from site to site. Many of my colleagues that I interact with on a daily basis are all over the world (Canada, Europe, Asia, in the US but outside of Massachusetts) but we still work well as a team and support each other to achieve our goals. As a member of the marketing department, I have the pleasure of working with a variety of different groups within the company including operations, sales and the scientific staff. There is also a lot of room for growth within the company. I have seen a lot of my colleagues grow and move between departments when opportunities arise. The company does a great job of retaining employees.

    Cons

    It can be difficult at times to find a work life balance as the company expects more from its employees without increasing resources. However, this is not unique to Charles River, but a trend across industries and corporations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to encourage employees with positive reinforcement when deserved. It can really boost moral and create increaseed productivity.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very encouraging and positive environment. Got to know other employees well and felt team spirit. Immeadiate supervisor appreciated my efforts and treatedly me fairly.

    Cons

    As long as everything is going great, no worries. But when things started to slide, the team disappeared. Felt abandoned at the end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to figure why problems are there and work to address them if you value keeping employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Charles River- ACS Tech I

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    Work Schedule - Very relaxed when it comes to time off, school schedule, and various emergencies as they arise

    Full Benefits w/ decent pay and overtime if you like to work a little extra every week

    Cons

    Nothing to bad to say except that it is a testing facility, if your sensitive to animal rights and pharmaceutical testing then this obviously is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My experience at Charles River was rewarding and the people were great to work with.

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Charles River offers a competitive salary and great medical plan. Charles River offers an employees stock purchase plan. New hires start off with 3 weeks a year vacation.

    Cons

    Due to tough economic times the company is scaling back on its operations and employees. This is making it a very stresful time to be employed not knowing if you have a job day to day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was always very fair and my best advicce is to try to comunnicate to the employees how the business is doing.

    No opinion of CEO

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