Charles River Laboratories

  www.criver.com
  www.criver.com

Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
96 Reviews
2.7
96 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
James C. Foster
59 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good benefits- medical/dental, 401k (in 7 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Meetings were fraught with bad-mouthing corporate and shooting sarcasm at upper management (in 8 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between upper management and lower employees (in 4 reviews)

More Highlights

9 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    A great work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There were very many pro's, nice facilities, etc

    Cons

    Long and early hours, and so on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People in the Corporate Office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

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

    Pros

    The health coverage plans at Charles River are well ahead of other companies. Excellent BC/BS of Mass options, good dental, vision and lots of other options. Flexible hours (ad hoc) are a nice perq for those who have to juggle family responsibilities and/or a long commute. Nice corporate campus with on-site cafeteria. Really nice people. No bullies in the bunch.

    Cons

    Could use some more training/development classes and opportunities, especially for new managers. IT help is sorely in need of an upgrade -- they are not very responsive and often ineffective at helping.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let those on your management teams shoulder more of the load. You don't need to do everything yourself!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company with good people working there!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life experience with people who value their work at the company. Great to be with groups who have been at the company for many years.

    Cons

    Can be a little slow in growth but if you're willing to take the initiative, the company will definitely help put you on the right path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review
  5.  

    Focused Professional Life Science Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Fully supported staff with space, administrative supplies, made expectations clear, high salary, extras such as coffee and breakfast/ family events. Secure work place. Really good benefits- medical/dental, 401k.

    Cons

    Rapid growth and then layoff for some, not family flexible, parking lots issue. Cafeteria food cost too much, and difficult to go off site due to security.Too much overtime. Too many people getting hurt at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the best at what you are good at. Do not become Bausch and Lomb.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Charles River promotes a work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, MA

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

    Pros

    Charles River is a large company with a smaller, family-oriented feel. Employees are challenged to do their jobs well and achieve goals - both related to their own personal development and company objectives. We are also given the flexibility and autonomy to manage our own responsbilities and schedules. This helps promote a positive work-life balance, as does one of the company's great benefits - "summer breeze" (half-day Fridays in the summer).

    Cons

    I suggest bringing your own lunch. There are not many places to eat within a 5-10 minute drive, and the cafeteria could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Charles River: A fulfilling place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Wilmington, MA

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

    Pros

    Charles River is a great company and employer. The management team has created a good foundation for positive results in our field and in the community. The amount of mentoring and guidance I have received allows me to excel in my personal and professional life. There is so much room for advancement. Charles River employees are provided with a healthy and encouraging work environment that I had not experienced until I started working here.

    Charles River also provides a valuable service to the community through our research and development. By working for Charles River you feel like you are contributing towards a greater goal of helping people through curing diseases, even if you are not a scientist in one of our many labs around the world.

    I feel that Charles River is a rewarding place to work and would highly recommend employment at Charles River to friends, relatives and colleagues.

    Cons

    I do not feel that there are cons to working at Charles River. As responsible employees we are encouraged to pave a path towards personal and professional growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to the management team would be to continue to help employees strive to be their best. By all of us working towards common goals and objectives we can exceed expectations. I see a bright future for Charles River and appreciate having the chance to contribute towards such a dynamic organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, work schedule, family oriented company

    Cons

    Absolutely nothing, I wish they had a location in the country I currently live.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Opportunities and Career Advancements at Charles River

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Patience does pay-off at Charles River. Great career opportunities and transitions available from scientific / technical to business development and onwards to global marketing. This is a true differentiator of working at CR, they open career paths for you, create a good environment to excel in and let you develop at your own pace.

    Cons

    Challenging past few years in overall CRO market with many difficult decisions taken. Having navigated through this market, it has made our company and employees better prepared for emerging opportunities and ready to capitalize on new innovations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    feeling of inclusiveness and being part of something that has demonstrated an overall improvement to the quality of life

    Cons

    lower on the pay scale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

Work at Charles River Laboratories? Share Your Experiences

Charles River Laboratories

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.