Charles River Laboratories

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  1.  

    Accept a position at CRL with caution

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Upper management seems clueless

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Employees are really just faceless bodies here.

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    Former Employee - Report Coordinator
    Former Employee - Report Coordinator

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (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
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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 (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.  

    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 (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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    There's Potential, But Needs Some Help

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    Current Contractor - Lab Tech in Malvern, PA
    Current Contractor - Lab Tech in Malvern, PA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Rather laidback work environment. Managers dress business casually and technicians can dress in jeans.
    -Very friendly employees. Made me feel very welcome there the very first day.
    -Flexible schedules, for wage employees at least. You can arrive and leave at just about any time you want as long as you get in your 40 hours.
    -Nice place to get experience.

    Cons

    -Sometimes a little too laidback. I learned that people can get away with a lot of things that are downright unethical and sometimes dangerous.
    -Apparently incompetency doesn't get one fired.
    -Lack of communication between upper management and lower employees. Several cases of the right hand not knowing with the left hand is doing.
    -Low wages compared to many pharmaceutical companies.
    -Upper management seems unconcerned with employee needs.
    -High turnover rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees' concerns and take them seriously, lest you lose a lot of good workers. This has been a common theme during my time there.

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

    High Turnover For a Reason

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

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

    Pros

    Great Vacation time, pay isn't great but fair considering Reno's cost of living, the abundance of biology majors in this college town, and lack of other biotech companies. They could probably get away with paying less so I do give them credit for not short changing their employees.

    Cons

    The other reviews are spot on about nepotism and the work environment. Most people are trying to get into nursing school or constantly applying to other jobs. As others have said, they are the only biotech company in town so unless you are willing to move out of the area or change fields.... You are stuck here.

    Layoff happy. If you have a mortgage, a family, or are looking for something long term. This isn't the place for you. Sure the economy is on an upswing now but there will be times again in the future when it will do down. I’ve watched as people who have worked there for almost a decade are let go in layoffs.

    Terrible work schedule. Have kids? Don't even think about taking this job. Long hours are common and they happen with little or no warning and frequently (at least a couple times a week). I don't see how someone with children could balance this without having a stay at home spouse or an amazing day care that will keep your kids even when they are sick or keep your kids 3 hours later on last minute notice.
    As others have said, only those in higher positions are treated with respect. A lot of managers don't know what actually occurs in their department. Worse yet, there are managers who don't even know what they are doing.

    My department had a very, very high turnover rate. I counted, 66% of people in my department have left in the past few years. The remaining 33% are people that replaced them or people who aren't there by choice because they failed at attempts to get out. What those numbers say to me is that they have had to replace our whole department twice in the last few years. To me, that is a very high turnover rate.

  9.  

    Friendly working environment but cheap

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Senneville, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Senneville, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, good benefits

    Cons

    No compensations, no bonuses, low base salary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for first job and then go somewhere else

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Nice place to get experience right out of school and learn the basics of the industry.

    Cons

    Progression availabilities are very limited. Very bad management. Poor salary and very high workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more on their employees to make sure they are satisfied and want to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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 (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

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