Charles River Laboratories
2.5 of 5 81 reviews
www.criver.com Wilmington, MA 5000+ Employees

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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster

James C. Foster

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Strong company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Company to Work For

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

ConsNot much opportunity for advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more opportunities for advancement by offering trainings

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Reno, NV

I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than a year

Prossmall departments that work efficiently with others

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

ProsEven 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Positive experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Wilmington, MA

I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than a year

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Animal Care Technician I (Former Employee)
Reno, NV

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

ProsWork 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

ConsNothing 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 Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Systems Administrator (Current Employee)
Tacoma, WA

I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

ProsCharles 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.

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

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Balancing Work/Life

Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Reno, NV

I worked at Charles River Laboratories

ProsThe quality of work and personal life is good at Charles River Laboratories. Work hours are flexible and workload is not too bad (since there are ebbs and flows at every job). Everyone cares about the work that they do and the people are great to work with.

ConsAlthough work life at Charles River Laboratories is good, this is really the only scientific company in Sparks/Reno outside of UNR or DRI (both academically oriented) to work at. Therefore, in order to find another job I had to move out of the area.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep growing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Company has a great mission for mankind with extreme potential

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

ProsMany Staff are extremely committed to their jobs and the welfare of the animals. Flexible working environment and understanding supervisors. High performers are thought of highly

ConsWork can be tough and schedules are unpredictable. Lots of manual paperwork can create challenges to your daily job. Poor performers are allowed to stay around too long

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at issues with the big picture in mind and consider how initiatives impact employees at all levels

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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it is a good company to get experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

Prosthere are good advance opportunities

Conssalary are below average of the industry

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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