Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    One Company who is still figuring things out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Morrisville, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, ability to grow within the company if you don't mind moving to other locations based on job availability.

    Cons

    The leaders in the company have little experience and could take a step back and listen and appreciate the technical staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back to evaluate your technical staff. Get rid of the dead weight and show appreciation to those employees who bend over backwards.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Laboratory Staff

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

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Motivated to do an excellent job

    Cons

    Managers need better management training. Zero room for advancement unless you are a 'yes' man

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone has a Masters or PhD does NOT make them a good manager


  3. Accept a position at CRL with caution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    If 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 Management

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


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  5. Upper management seems clueless

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

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    things 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 Management

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


  6. Great if you have an in

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Growing company.mot usually overloaded by work though things can get a bit tight. Some flexibility with schedule.

    Cons

    Only 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Not a bad environment, but management needs to step up

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, friendly co-workers, good chance to learn about the science if you talk to the right people

    Cons

    Few 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 Management

    Make 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Member of a Shrinking Industry

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits. As many other emplorers cut employee benefits, Charels River continued to provide yearly bonuses and 401k contributions to even the lowest paid employees. The health benefits are excellent and they provide very good vacation benefits.

    Cons

    Going through work force reduction due to dynamic changes in the industry. They used to have a very family oriented feel to their corporate culture but have recently lost that as they moved towards a more "strictly" corporate culture. As with any corporation, workforce reduction improves the bottom line when an industry suffers from a shrinking industry. You defintely get the feeling you're just a number now but that is just the nature of business today.

    Advice to Management

    Listen Better and react to the employee surveys.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Employees are really just faceless bodies here.

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Not a place you will likely stay for too long

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

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Hire students right out of college and give them the opportunity to see many sites and get a feel for what area they may prefer to settle in.
    -Many of the coworkers were nice and willing to help one another (depending on the site you were at)
    -Flexible with giving time off when needed
    -Good place to build experience

    Cons

    Where should I start...
    -Lack of communication between upper management with employees
    -Not much opportunity for advancement
    -High turnover rates
    -Very physically demanding
    -Some supervisors seem to just overlook when employees do things wrong instead correcting them and showing the proper way to do things.
    -Some supervisors seem to care more about themselves and their lives then their own employees.
    -Employees are not really encouraged to go above and beyond what is required because they never seem to be rewarded with even a simple thank you.
    -Management never seems to take the ideas of the employees even though the employees are the ones on the floor actually performing the given tasks

    Advice to Management

    Break out of the office and actually meet some of the employees. See what they are doing for the company and consider ideas they may have.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Strong company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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