Charles River Laboratories

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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
100 Reviews
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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61 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • Lack of communication between upper management with employees (in 8 reviews)

  • Horrible work environment in the internal audit department (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place, great people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent company during a very tough time.

    Cons

    Facing major changes to the marketplace that may affect core businesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad, between pharma and academia

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    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's generally a flexible place to work, and gives people room and responsibility to get projects done as they see fit. Staff is great and cares.

    Cons

    Lacks big systems to deal with basically everything. Many "systems" are seat of the pants, with little consistency between staff members and departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dedicate some money to upgrades and new equipment. Give bonuses. Make a sliding scale for raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good for starters

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Study Support Associate I in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Study Support Associate I in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent salary. Good benefits. Plenty of locations around the nation. Overtime pay is quite nice.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for improving yourself. Hard to get promoted to a higher position or to another location (internal applications) even if the position is the same as your current one; the higher-ups offer little help in this matter. Often a shortage of staff so gotta work lot of extra time and extra work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better sense of workload and number of staff required for such workload. Offer more incentives or opportunities to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A good start in the laboratory animal field

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience. They also have good benefits like vacation time. The supervisors are flexible and understanding. Overall a great place to work in the laboratory animal field.

    Cons

    You have to work 2 holidays a years, but you get flex days. The work can be very physically exhausting.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional place to work, no respect for employees, worst job I've ever had!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Charles River has many great employees - many of the low to mid-level managers are great and the staff is very knowledgeable. Good place to learn.

    Cons

    The upper management of Charles River made this place a nightmare as an employee! The organization functions as an amalgamation of many different companies and divisions and, as such, there is a large gap in harmonization and standardization across the organization. More importantly, upper management has little to no respect for it's employees. I witnessed behavior that ranged from extreme unprofessionalism to outright abuse - it was shocking. Promotion is based on nepotism instead of merit, and challenging the status quo with new ideas or fresh perspectives is discouraged. Salaries are lower than industry standard, and incentives are spotty - in cases, incentives may not even be paid (or only paid after a long lag) even when they're earned. This is by far the worst place I've worked in my career - I would strongly recommend against working for Charles RIver!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The human resource at Charles River is its greatest asset - it would be in the company's best interest to treat people with respect and compensate them fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Management doesn't care

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    Former Employee - Process Development Associate in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Process Development Associate in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    While members of the senior management team are busy strategizing over the direction to take the business, the lack of empathy for the manual labor pool in the laboratories caring for rats, mice, and dogs is disgusting.

    Cons

    Most jobs in animal care consist of mindless work and a large amount of injuries are incurred.
    Internal politics get in the way of the company being successful.
    Policies are so strict that employees are constantly fired. There is no compassion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a stronger management team that has a balance of business savvy and compassion for people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run Away As Fast As You Can!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Company has a mission to succeed.

    Cons

    CRL is doing everything it can to maintain validity within the pharmeceutical testing industry...but at the expense of its employees. If you are interested in working in anything other than testing on rodents, run!! There is not an adequate onboarding process, no training on systems, very little interaction with HR or management. If you trying to have a career here...you are only kidding yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your employees to their best qualities and skill set. Encourage and expand the knowledge of your resources (your employees)!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A great work experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There were very many pro's, nice facilities, etc

    Cons

    Long and early hours, and so on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great People in the Corporate Office

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

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

    Pros

    The health coverage plans at Charles River are well ahead of other companies. Excellent BC/BS of Mass options, good dental, vision and lots of other options. Flexible hours (ad hoc) are a nice perq for those who have to juggle family responsibilities and/or a long commute. Nice corporate campus with on-site cafeteria. Really nice people. No bullies in the bunch.

    Cons

    Could use some more training/development classes and opportunities, especially for new managers. IT help is sorely in need of an upgrade -- they are not very responsive and often ineffective at helping.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let those on your management teams shoulder more of the load. You don't need to do everything yourself!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Get in, get reimbursed education, transfer internally a lot to build skills/knowledge, then go to Pharma/Biotech company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    A good place to learn some of the basics of nonclinical testing. A good place to start building career network if you are just out of college.

    Cons

    If you stick with one position or one group for a long time, your knowledge will quickly plateau. Career development is very limited. If you want to progress in your career, you need to actively transfer within the company yourself (or leave).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my experience, fear-based management tactics were used. This is not a sustainable model. Also, if you want employees to stick around for a long time, open up sites in rural areas.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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