Charles River Laboratories

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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
92 Reviews

2.7
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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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  

    Stressful time and profit driven company.

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    Former Employee - Research Specialist  in  Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Research Specialist in Shrewsbury, MA

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to work in a GLP environmemt.

    Cons

    When the company was closing management kept employees guessing as to who would get the axe next. Very shabby treatment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act like your employees are valuable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Deterioration in management since acquired by CRL.

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    Current Employee - Scientific Director  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Scientific Director in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Good location in pleasant countryside. Staff are enthusiatic, although not as obvious now the Montreal site has been taken over by CRL.

    Cons

    Loss of confidence in management by staff. Job security a big issue now CRL is continually loosing market share to larger and smaller competitors. Some very poor major decisions on investments by company management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to employ a team of scientists with business knowledge at the most senior level from a CRO environment who are capable of planning and implementing clear strategies for retaining present clients and acquiring new ones. Running a CRO is entirely different from running an animal breeding business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional, contradicting, disrespectful, misinforming upper management that engages in unethical work practices.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Upper management does their best to suppress their workers by overloading them with too much work, discouraging taking breaks, saying you didn't meet their expectations when you did, hiding relevant information, showing favoritism to people that otherwise contribute nothing to the company, and finding ways of getting people they don't like to quit. Reporting any matter is laughed at and never addressed. Previous reviews of this company are pretty accurate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of belittling your employees, value them. Listen to what they have to say. If the majority of people are saying the same thing, mabey the way things are handled should be reevaluated.

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

    Good experience until the last two years when changes in management occurred.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Had some great mentors and learned a lot.

    Cons

    Was laid off to save someone else's job because of poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at some of the decisions that are made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    The benefits package is very nice. The training was outstanding, and you definitely learn a lot from the trainers, especially if you work with them. This is a great opportunity to learn some skills, and improve your skills. Think of this as AAA baseball before moving on to the majors.

    Cons

    The leadership needs to be re-evaluated. The people doing the work, and even the next level are very good. If you want

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once you get to the manager and senior manager level, things begin to fall apart. A helpful hint: Just because someone has worked in a position for a long time does not mean they will make an effective manager/supervisor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn but not a place to advance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    has very good vacation package (3 weeks) with the potential for 4 if you have 1 week roll over from the following year. A great amount of responsibility in this job is required even for new green employees. I have learned so much here in the 5 years i have worked here because management is so hands off.

    Cons

    No communication between upper management and the lab (in which is this extremely important since there is no Supervisor). Management is also out of touch with the lab and constantly sets high demands on them even with limited resources in a GMP world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers they do know what they are talking about and are knowledgeable on what they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not recommended

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    some parts of the company may provide opportunities for growth. Overall, not the place for scientists. A pharmaceutical company may be the preferred if your interest is in research.

    Cons

    the company does not value scientists. Low salaries and not so great prospects for upward movement. A CRO environment may not be ideal for conducting pure research.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Charles River Eh?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Senneville, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Senneville, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Need Experience? - Come join and then get out. Like everybody does.

    Cons

    The dept excluding clinic are hell to work in. The Manager doesn't even allow you to play radio in these departments except Finance. The dept I worked at the Manager wasn't even able to make decisions on its own - the nego group was making it for him. And well it's a secret to anyone working there anyway.

    Outstanding work is never appreciated and God forbid if you leave 5 second early - the check your card swipe and you would be called in the office for those 5 seconds and if you worked 2 hours extras?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is known to micro manage the employees. The stories were that every little email would get picked up by IT dept. The middle management doesn't know how to deal with employees - very bad treatment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Good work hours, decent benefits, knowledgeable coworkers. The people you work with are dedicated and strive to do good work.

    Cons

    Management doesnt value employees, they constantly make their numbers by cutting the benefits of employees but raises are small even if you are a top performer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to focusing on the employees and they will continue to provide high quality. Constanting retraining new employees leads to mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eh,

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    Former Employee - In-Life Technician  in  Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - In-Life Technician in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Good training and experience. If you're a college grad looking to get job experience, CRL will take you. Just don't stay too long. The necropsy and archive departments aren't terrible places to work.

    Cons

    Where to start... The well fare of the techs and quality data are not a priority. Working nights and weekends and major holidays are expected (and through lunches). In-Life technicians have a ridiculous amount of responsibility and can lose their job over practically nothing. All in all, the office is Disorganized and very disfunctional in almost every aspect. There's inadequate staff for the research projects, archaic data gathering systems, disgruntled/overworked employees at every turn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out while you still have your sanity. Or start improving communication between techs, study directors, supervisors and clients. Push for more employees or turn down clients until you nail down the staffing issues. Most importantly, work on organization; completing assignments and studies "by the skin of your teath" is no way to do science and should not be a norm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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