Charles River Laboratories

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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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    Focused on Business. Not so much on it's employees and departments

    Supervisor (Current Employee) Wilmington, MA

    ProsWork Schedule- very relaxed
    co-workers- are great.Many great employees have come, gone and remain with the company. More leave than stay
    Benefits- average and has consistently increased in costs every year

    Constoo many senior management rolls and not enough workers.
    low pay compared to local companies
    inconsistent in yearly evaluations and promotions.
    management worries about every other department except it's own

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Reno Site - Laid back culture but heavy workloads

    Quality Assurance Auditor II (Current Employee) Reno, NV

    ProsIt is nice working in a professional environment that still maintains a casual, laid-back culture. Employees are dedicated to the mission of the company, which is aiding and accelerating drug development through preclinical research. I enjoy having a great deal of autonomy in my position... NEVER micromanaged.

    ConsWorkloads within some departments were overwhelming at times. In general, salaries are not commensurate with other CROs and certainly not with large pharm/biotech companies. CRL- Nevada benefits from being the only gig in town for those with a biology/life sciences background. A lot of employees stay because the area is rich in quality outdoor activity, not to mention lower cost of living than the West Coast science hubs. That said, CRL seems to even be falling behind on salaries compared to other companies in the small Reno market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSuggest periodic research/adjustment to ensure that salaries ranges are current and competitive.

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

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    Good company with good people working there!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsCan 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Opportunities for career growth was nonexistent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexibility, ability to work from home

    ConsManagement has become increasingly lean with very little mentoring

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    One Company who is still figuring things out

    Research Technician III (Former Employee) Morrisville, NC

    ProsGreat work-life balance, ability to grow within the company if you don't mind moving to other locations based on job availability.

    ConsThe leaders in the company have little experience and could take a step back and listen and appreciate the technical staff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a step back to evaluate your technical staff. Get rid of the dead weight and show appreciation to those employees who bend over backwards.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard Work Honest Pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

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    Laboratory Staff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are great. Motivated to do an excellent job

    ConsManagers need better management training. Zero room for advancement unless you are a 'yes' man

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because someone has a Masters or PhD does NOT make them a good manager

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great if you have an in

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits. Growing company.mot usually overloaded by work though things can get a bit tight. Some flexibility with schedule.

    ConsOnly move up with the right connections. Don't manage money well. Things change on a whim. Lots of cuts with no regard for your experience and years of service.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad environment, but management needs to step up

    Quality Assurance Auditor (Current Employee)

    ProsGood work/life balance, friendly co-workers, good chance to learn about the science if you talk to the right people

    ConsFew opportunities for advancement, support for outside training is virtually nil, difficult to get the resources you need to do your job as the company is very tight-fisted with money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure your managers can actually give direction. Some regularly have to poll their employees or ask their own manager before they can provide an answer to questions. Also, be sure you're aware of how it looks to the lower-levels when you withhold bonuses and/or promotions and have layoffs but are still touting how you've acquired or are in talks to acquire a new company. Morale is crashing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Member of a Shrinking Industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Benefits. As many other emplorers cut employee benefits, Charels River continued to provide yearly bonuses and 401k contributions to even the lowest paid employees. The health benefits are excellent and they provide very good vacation benefits.

    ConsGoing through work force reduction due to dynamic changes in the industry. They used to have a very family oriented feel to their corporate culture but have recently lost that as they moved towards a more "strictly" corporate culture. As with any corporation, workforce reduction improves the bottom line when an industry suffers from a shrinking industry. You defintely get the feeling you're just a number now but that is just the nature of business today.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen Better and react to the employee surveys.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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