Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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  1. Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience. Will hire out of college. Immediate supervisors are excellent.

    Cons

    Management has no respect for employees. View us as disposable and make sure we know it. Work gets in the way of personal life often. Rampant favoritism and most peoplearent comfortable taking concerns to hr on site. Often times nothing happens even if it's a repeated complaint by multiple people..

    Advice to Management

    Leave and let someone better suited take over.


  2. Analyst Immunochemistry

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst- Immunochemistry in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst- Immunochemistry in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to get experience if you are fresh out of school (the McDonald's of the research companies)

    Cons

    A fair number of Scientists without a science degree

    Advice to Management

    Profits and efficiencies could be increased if R&D, validations and sample analysis projects were managed by people with a science degree.


  3. Poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro is good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor IT leadership team that fosters a very poor culture. The team is detached and operate like a clique of high school cheerleaders. Anyone that does not fit with the arrogant, superior attitude, is quickly disciplined or laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture starting with your executive leadership team.


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  5. Long-time current employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience, but best to move on to somewhere that will treat you better in the long run

    Cons

    Not a great place to work if you have a life outside of work. Be aware that you can consistently go above and beyond what is required but never get so much a a thank you for your hard work. You can do a thousand things right and make one mistake. Trust me, the one mistake is what you will hear about and you will be punished for it.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings. They are not machines. Acknowledge all the positives your employees do for the company. Do not focus solely on the negative. Yes, we all make mistakes. Because we are human, because we are overworked and tired. It might be more productive to try and boost employees morale instead of making them feel that they are not good enough.


  6. poor culture loaded with bad politics and conniving management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Senneville, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Manager in Senneville, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are decent and health benefits are particularly better than other companies.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment, poor leaders on the IT leadership team that create a wall between employees and CIO, promote and reward inexperienced, but favorite people that are aligned with them and proliferate a culture of intolerance, poor work ethic, extreme politics and low productivity. The morale is very low, and people are afraid to speak up because those that try to make improvements are quickly terminated. The leaders appear to be generally threatened by talented individuals and work fast to eliminate them, leaving only the bottom of the pile behind.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out your IT and senior leadership team that have a god-complex. It starts at the top in this company.


  7. Sinking ship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For people new to the industry you will get a lot of experience in a short time. Montreal site still carries some respect from CTBR times but that will not last for much longer.

    Cons

    Very poor management. Nepotism Poor organization. Scientific quality is secondary to costs. Short termism

    Advice to Management

    Employ some real managers with track records, not just friends and yes men.


  8. Deceiving!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The medical and dental plans are good but then again you pay for them. You also have a pension plans after a couple of years.

    Cons

    Low pay, if you are not part of the gang or friends with the manager you do not advance. They also hire friends and couples even though they are aware. Take advantage of you then thank you for your services.

    Advice to Management

    Stop brainwashing the employees if you do not apply the rules. Should keep quality employees, company starting to look pretty bad! Not what it used to be.


  9. Awful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pathology Technician in Tranent, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Pathology Technician in Tranent, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    SOME people were nice to work with. Good for training but most people leave straight away.

    Cons

    Pay was dreadful Forced overtime with reduced overtime pay Higher management didn't have a clue what they were doing. Often promoted people who weren't qualified to avoid paying them overtime. They seem to favour the people who do less work - harder workers end up picking up the pieces.


  10. Treat every employee equally!!!!!!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electron Microscopy Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Electron Microscopy Technician in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible, time off when needed

    Cons

    lack of communication, unfair treatment of employees, low salary, low bonuses, management do not delegate task, management show lack of care for problems employees have, management has lack of concern or care about advancement, lower paid employees do more work than the higher paid employees

    Advice to Management

    improve communication among management and employees, treat everyone equally, pay employee for what they are worth, delegate work more, listen better to employees when they come to you with problem or concerns, be on top of things as far as advancement opportunites and promotions


  11. Helpful (3)

    If you are good with high school mind games, this could be your first job out of college (if you went to college)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you can survive the insecure political backstabbing and high school games, the are a few departments worth being in for more than 1-2 years.

    Cons

    You could be in a job that requires a degree with others who did not go to college doing the same job, making you think your degree was a waste of money. Favoritism runs rampant like a rash. If you are not a favorite, superiors will set you up for failure until you are fired. Management is married to HR here, so if you have an issue you are limited to how much will be done about it.

    Advice to Management

    Need to make a rule about inter-office dating (ban it).



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