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

Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014

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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
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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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    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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    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

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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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    Accept a position at CRL with caution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Morrisville, NC

    ProsVery team-oriented approach to the laboratory work, where you can get help when you need it. You then, are expected to offer your services. Teaches you time management.

    ConsIf you are a senior member of the company, with a good salary, be aware you eventually will be targeted for being laid off. The company somehow determines the revenue each site should bring in each quarter. This number is routinely unattainable, and when it is inevitably not reached, high paid employees will be eliminated. The remaining staff then has to absorb the extra work, thus lowering morale ever more. An endless cycle. Management in MA are aware of this problem, but simply put, don't care.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhatever algorithm is used to determine the numbers.....stop using it. Be concerned that the quality of life for your employees is below sub-par.

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

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    Upper management seems clueless

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmall, friendly lab, great co-workers, flexible hours (reason for 2 stars)

    Consthings often reach a 'crisis mode' where our managers get pummeled by upper mgmt; trickle-down effect. data management: methods are sloppy, technology is atrocious and primitive, time-waster. clients seem to be promised more than employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper mgmt - recognize the value of your "low-level" employees. CARE about your employees. none of us at this lab feel you do.

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

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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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