Charles River Laboratories
2.6 of 5 85 reviews
www.criver.com Wilmington, MA 5000+ Employees

Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014

Be The First To
Add Photos

All Employees Current Employees Only

2.6 85 reviews

                             

40% Approve of the CEO

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

James C. Foster

(52 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend
85 Employee Reviews
in

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
  • Show more review highlights

Reviews

    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great Company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Benefits, work schedule, family oriented company

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Focused Professional Life Science Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFully 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.

    ConsRapid 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 Senior ManagementStay the best at what you are good at. Do not become Bausch and Lomb.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
  • We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Charles River promotes a work-life balance

    Director (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, MA

    ProsCharles 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).

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

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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great Opportunities and Career Advancements at Charles River

    Global Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsPatience 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.

    ConsChallenging 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.

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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Charles River: A fulfilling place to work

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, MA

    ProsCharles 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.

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementMy 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.

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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Conslower on the pay scale

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing what you are doing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • Approves of CEO

     

    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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Approves of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Strong company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
    • Culture & Values
           
    • Work/Life Balance
           
    • Senior Management
           
    • Comp & Benefits
           
    • Career Opportunities
           
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Great Company to Work For

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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

    Was this review helpful?
    Yes | No
    Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Charles River Laboratories? Contribute to the Community!

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

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Charles River Laboratories reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Charles River Laboratories CEO James C. Foster. All 85 reviews posted anonymously by Charles River Laboratories employees.