Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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Pros
  • They also have good benefits like vacation time (in 9 reviews)

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

Cons
  • The upper management of Charles River made this place a nightmare as an employee (in 8 reviews)

  • Low pay and zero opportunity for advancement unless you at all times keep your mouth shut (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Formulations Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Telford, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Telford, PA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to learn GLP, formulate various drug compounds, review protocols and preparation procedures

    Cons

    Slow training, barely any growth within company. Poor management and leadership in this department. False hope on promotions. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Respect employees. Take responsibility and action, not just talk and do nothing.


  2. Good Starter Position

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Microbiologist
    Current Employee - Microbiologist

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly staff, great flexibility in hours, fast-paced environment

    Cons

    Not enough staff to cover work, favoritism seems to get promotions

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees, be involved and know who's doing what


  3. Very top heavy and top management has no clue what they are doing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    good people and fair salary.

    Cons

    Terrible environment. Company has way too many directors and VPs who have no clue about a company environment. They created a new role and eliminated it within 6 months. Clueless. It's full of PHDs and physicists but no real managers. I worked for a guy that had no clue about running a department, yet, he constantly lies to senior management as he will take no blame but pushes all the blame to his subordinates. I would never recommend anyone to work there

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and look around. The ship is sinking and your sitting there listening to the band as the titanic goes down.


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  5. Challenging work, great work-life balance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Copywriter in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Copywriter in Wilmington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Charles River respects the contributions of every employee, regardless of their role. We are rewarded regularly with perks like extra company-wide time off and performance bonuses. They also offer an excellent benefits package. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, altered summer hours result in a half day Friday schedule.

    Cons

    Every department has their own policies ranging from lax to strict in terms of working from home which would be a perk if permitted more frequently, especially in my role as copywriter.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good company to work

    Cons

    No cons at this time


  7. Gained no work experience

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Had low work pressure. Managers understood engineering.

    Cons

    Didn't feel like I had any challenging work.


  8. A great place to build experience. Very fast paced. Wage growth is sub par.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist II in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist II in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Because it is a small lab you get the chance to wear a lot of hats. I was doing method development, report writing, investigations and working on the instruments. Co-workers were great and was what really made all the chaos of the job worth it.

    Cons

    Pay is well below "major pharma" which is to be expected of a CRO. It is very hard to increase your pay because although they were fair in promotions, the average reward was 4-5% increase which isn't a whole lot if you are already not making a lot. You will be working holidays/weekends.


  9. Great company for a foot in the door.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay. Great benefits. Family environment.

    Cons

    Moving up depends on who you know or who they wantedo to upset I was promoted). If you don't acclimate to the family culture, you are a bit of an outcast. I try to keep my personal and work like seperate. See 1st sentence.

    Advice to Management

    Actually look at people's merits and what they do. I was a hard worker in many facets AND will the qualifications to prove it. I did the most work and had the most responsibility but was the lowest paid person on the team. Sorry if I chose to go to bible study instead of bowling and drinking.


  10. Helpful (1)

    My experience at the Charleston, SC location was been rewarding, challenging (in a good way), and generally good.

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    Former Employee - Technical Services Coordinator in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Technical Services Coordinator in Charleston, SC

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits including insurance, vacation time, PTO, 401K match, Stock Purchase Plans, company outings to local sport events, etc. I feel like the company really takes care of it's employees and tries to retain them. There are many sites as well so often times employees can easily transfer to new jobs at other locations. In general, managers tend to reward good, hard work.

    Cons

    Cost of living in Charleston is lower so in general pay is lower as compared to similar jobs in other areas. Like most other jobs, company politics can play a role in hiring/promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work to retain employees and maintain employee satisfaction.


  11. A good start up place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Provides enough experience in the field to get you to the next level.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is not well balanced. Pay is fair but nothing to write home about. Not much opportunity for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Work on training programs for your employees and ensure they have a career path in the company, so the good ones don't have to leave for a better opportunity elsewhere after investing time and money training them.



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