Charles River Laboratories

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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
95 Reviews
2.8
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
James C. Foster
58 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Employees are really just faceless bodies here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Report Coordinator
    Former Employee - Report Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Culture (at US and UK sites), benefits, core values.

    Cons

    No room for advancement unless you are friends with management, team morale extremely low at most sites, lots of political infighting, very poor salaries at Canadian site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using fear tactics to keep people working at 110% with low morale and burnout. It is well documented that encouragement and advancement opportunities make people want to give their best at work.
    Stop rewarding years of loyal, exceptional service to the company with employee layoffs. The company is known for them and has a relatively negative public image.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strong company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice balance of work/life....in the beginning.

    Cons

    Had new Supervisor oversee my operations and changed the schedule since it did not work well with hers upsetting the balance of life/work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Strong company not going anywhere anytime soon.

    Cons

    Upper management does not communicate clearly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company to Work For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good supervisors who listen to suggestions. Yearly awards and nomination recognition.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for advancement by offering trainings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A frustrating place to work (BPS division)

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Focused Professional Life Science Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware, not a good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor vision for employees and low morale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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