Charles River Laboratories

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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
91 Reviews

2.7
91 Reviews
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
James C. Foster
55 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    small departments that work efficiently with others

    Cons

    Be careful what you say about others because everyone knows each other.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Focused Professional Life Science Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Fully 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.

    Cons

    Rapid 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stay the best at what you are good at. Do not become Bausch and Lomb.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A frustrating place to work (BPS division)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Ex-employee of the BPS division. Comments pertain to this division of CRL only.

    1. Many of my co-workers were nice
    2. Adequate to good benefits

    Cons

    1. Low base salary
    2. Limited advancement opportunities
    3. High employee turnover rate, and senior/corporate management indifference to this problem.
    4. A corporate culture which tends to ignore large, systematic problems, while getting bogged down with minutiae
    5. A corporate culture which does not recognize the need for process improvements or R&D, instead focusing almost solely on short-term revenue goals
    6. General miserliness and penny-pinching, to the point of perhaps being pennywise but pound foolish, related to #5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To corporate management: GMP QC/release testing facilities are not animal breeding facilities, and should be managed differently.

    To local, senior management: Find some way, any way, to entice employees to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware, not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of work to keep you busy. You'll never get fired.

    Cons

    HR and Sr. Management treat employees like crud. You better know how to kiss up and stay on EVERYONE's good side at ALL times or else you are in for a bad time. CRL doesn't seem to believe in firing people which means that no matter how imcompetent your coworkers are, you are stuck with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor vision for employees and low morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good relations with my direct line manager

    Cons

    No one seemed to know what the company goals were. Meetings were fraught with bad-mouthing corporate and shooting sarcasm at upper management. People actually spent time on company hours looking for other job options and were not shy about it. Whenever someone got a new job, people lined up their cubby to ask for inside recommendations on the new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bashing corporate for your mediocrity. The people that work for you will respect you more if you owned your mistakes more pften

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work for internal audit at this company.

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    Former Employee - Internal Auditor  in  Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is nothing good about this company's internal audit department unless you enjoy dealing with juvenile behavior from those in charge.

    Cons

    Horrible work environment in the internal audit department. The entire department quit in 2008; no one has stayed there long after that. There are always job openings now. The guy who replaced me walked off the job after four weeks since he couldn't stand those in charge of internal audit. Nothing anyone did was any good for these guys. Mistakes were on you, but they were sure to take credit for anything that went well. They would stab you in the back for a nickel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of your present heads of internal audit and replace them with people who actually care about employees and not just themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    prison like atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Animal Caretaker  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Animal Caretaker in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    none the work is Repetitive and mind numbing

    Cons

    Always changing rules and standards management is almost totally incompetent, if you last long Enough you will need some type of corrective Surgery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to replace all management at frederick location, the company needs to look at how each location is managed and put in place a set of standard rules, it is like each location is its own entity inside of charles river

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

    Formulations Technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere with a lot of variation in projects.

    Cons

    Short staffed, long hours with little time outside of the lab.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Average Company

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    Former Employee - Technologist  in  Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Technologist in Wilmington, MA

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

    Pros

    It is a good place to obtain experience, there was always plenty of overtime, more than you would like at some times. The supervisors and project managers were, for the most part, friendly and helpful. The start times are flexible.

    Cons

    Although, It is relatively simple to move to another department to gain new skills there is not a lot of possibility for promotion. The work environment can be too casual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very "family friendly" feel to the company. Concerned professionals that are working on important medical research.

    Cons

    Have not seen any detractors as of yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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