Charles River Laboratories

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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2014

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2.6 87 reviews

42% Approve of the CEO

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

James C. Foster

(53 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Really good benefits- medical/dental, 401k(in 6 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance, ability to grow within the company if you don't mind moving to other locations based on job availability(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Meetings were fraught with bad-mouthing corporate and shooting sarcasm at upper management(in 7 reviews)

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional, contradicting, disrespectful, misinforming upper management that engages in unethical work practices.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsThe pay and benefits are pretty good.

    ConsUpper management does their best to suppress their workers by overloading them with too much work, discouraging taking breaks, saying you didn't meet their expectations when you did, hiding relevant information, showing favoritism to people that otherwise contribute nothing to the company, and finding ways of getting people they don't like to quit. Reporting any matter is laughed at and never addressed. Previous reviews of this company are pretty accurate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of belittling your employees, value them. Listen to what they have to say. If the majority of people are saying the same thing, mabey the way things are handled should be reevaluated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience until the last two years when changes in management occurred.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHad some great mentors and learned a lot.

    ConsWas laid off to save someone else's job because of poor management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a hard look at some of the decisions that are made.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to start

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Horsham, PA

    ProsThe benefits package is very nice. The training was outstanding, and you definitely learn a lot from the trainers, especially if you work with them. This is a great opportunity to learn some skills, and improve your skills. Think of this as AAA baseball before moving on to the majors.

    ConsThe leadership needs to be re-evaluated. The people doing the work, and even the next level are very good. If you want

    Advice to Senior ManagementOnce you get to the manager and senior manager level, things begin to fall apart. A helpful hint: Just because someone has worked in a position for a long time does not mean they will make an effective manager/supervisor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to learn but not a place to advance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proshas very good vacation package (3 weeks) with the potential for 4 if you have 1 week roll over from the following year. A great amount of responsibility in this job is required even for new green employees. I have learned so much here in the 5 years i have worked here because management is so hands off.

    ConsNo communication between upper management and the lab (in which is this extremely important since there is no Supervisor). Management is also out of touch with the lab and constantly sets high demands on them even with limited resources in a GMP world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your workers they do know what they are talking about and are knowledgeable on what they do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not recommended

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee)

    Prossome parts of the company may provide opportunities for growth. Overall, not the place for scientists. A pharmaceutical company may be the preferred if your interest is in research.

    Consthe company does not value scientists. Low salaries and not so great prospects for upward movement. A CRO environment may not be ideal for conducting pure research.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Charles River Eh?

    (Former Employee) Senneville, QC (Canada)

    ProsNeed Experience? - Come join and then get out. Like everybody does.

    ConsThe dept excluding clinic are hell to work in. The Manager doesn't even allow you to play radio in these departments except Finance. The dept I worked at the Manager wasn't even able to make decisions on its own - the nego group was making it for him. And well it's a secret to anyone working there anyway.

    Outstanding work is never appreciated and God forbid if you leave 5 second early - the check your card swipe and you would be called in the office for those 5 seconds and if you worked 2 hours extras?

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is known to micro manage the employees. The stories were that every little email would get picked up by IT dept. The middle management doesn't know how to deal with employees - very bad treatment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Wilmington, MA

    ProsGood work hours, decent benefits, knowledgeable coworkers. The people you work with are dedicated and strive to do good work.

    ConsManagement doesnt value employees, they constantly make their numbers by cutting the benefits of employees but raises are small even if you are a top performer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to focusing on the employees and they will continue to provide high quality. Constanting retraining new employees leads to mistakes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Eh,

    In-Life Technician (Former Employee) Horsham, PA

    ProsGood training and experience. If you're a college grad looking to get job experience, CRL will take you. Just don't stay too long. The necropsy and archive departments aren't terrible places to work.

    ConsWhere to start... The well fare of the techs and quality data are not a priority. Working nights and weekends and major holidays are expected (and through lunches). In-Life technicians have a ridiculous amount of responsibility and can lose their job over practically nothing. All in all, the office is Disorganized and very disfunctional in almost every aspect. There's inadequate staff for the research projects, archaic data gathering systems, disgruntled/overworked employees at every turn.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out while you still have your sanity. Or start improving communication between techs, study directors, supervisors and clients. Push for more employees or turn down clients until you nail down the staffing issues. Most importantly, work on organization; completing assignments and studies "by the skin of your teath" is no way to do science and should not be a norm.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to get experience then move on

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can get a variety of experience in a relatively short time.

    ConsSalaries tend to be lower than other similar jobs in the area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink more about the employees than the stock market.

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    If you are good with high school mind games, this could be your first job out of college (if you went to college)

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Horsham, PA

    ProsIf you can survive the insecure political backstabbing and high school games, the are a few departments worth being in for more than 1-2 years.

    ConsYou could be in a job that requires a degree with others who did not go to college doing the same job, making you think your degree was a waste of money. Favoritism runs rampant like a rash. If you are not a favorite, superiors will set you up for failure until you are fired. Management is married to HR here, so if you have an issue you are limited to how much will be done about it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to make a rule about inter-office dating (ban it).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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