Charles River Laboratories

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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

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

2.7
92 Reviews
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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56 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.  

    Good place to get experience then move on

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    You can get a variety of experience in a relatively short time.

    Cons

    Salaries tend to be lower than other similar jobs in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more about the employees than the stock market.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A place for people Fresh-From-College to get some experience.

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Good place for people Fresh-From-College to get some experience.
    The benefit is OK.

    Cons

    Very low paid (almost minimum wage).
    Overload of work, mandatory overtime is required in some department.
    Harsh working environment in certain department.
    Hard to get a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Treat every employee equally!!!!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Electron Microscopy Technician  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Electron Microscopy Technician in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get in, get reimbursed education, transfer internally a lot to build skills/knowledge, then go to Pharma/Biotech company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    A good place to learn some of the basics of nonclinical testing. A good place to start building career network if you are just out of college.

    Cons

    If you stick with one position or one group for a long time, your knowledge will quickly plateau. Career development is very limited. If you want to progress in your career, you need to actively transfer within the company yourself (or leave).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my experience, fear-based management tactics were used. This is not a sustainable model. Also, if you want employees to stick around for a long time, open up sites in rural areas.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Focused on Business. Not so much on it's employees and departments

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    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Wilmington, MA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work Schedule- very relaxed
    co-workers- are great.Many great employees have come, gone and remain with the company. More leave than stay
    Benefits- average and has consistently increased in costs every year

    Cons

    too many senior management rolls and not enough workers.
    low pay compared to local companies
    inconsistent in yearly evaluations and promotions.
    management worries about every other department except it's own

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Reno Site - Laid back culture but heavy workloads

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor II  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor II in Reno, NV

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It is nice working in a professional environment that still maintains a casual, laid-back culture. Employees are dedicated to the mission of the company, which is aiding and accelerating drug development through preclinical research. I enjoy having a great deal of autonomy in my position... NEVER micromanaged.

    Cons

    Workloads within some departments were overwhelming at times. In general, salaries are not commensurate with other CROs and certainly not with large pharm/biotech companies. CRL- Nevada benefits from being the only gig in town for those with a biology/life sciences background. A lot of employees stay because the area is rich in quality outdoor activity, not to mention lower cost of living than the West Coast science hubs. That said, CRL seems to even be falling behind on salaries compared to other companies in the small Reno market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suggest periodic research/adjustment to ensure that salaries ranges are current and competitive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    One Company who is still figuring things out

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    Former Employee - Research Technician III  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Morrisville, NC

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Laboratory Staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great if you have an in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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