Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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  1. 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.


  2. Opportunities for career growth was nonexistent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, ability to work from home

    Cons

    Management has become increasingly lean with very little mentoring


  3. Unnecessarily high stress for a job that shouldn't be this hard.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    For the kind of things that we are responsible for, the salary is good. Also, coworkers are great. The vet techs and most PI's are friendly and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    Management is TERRIBLE. You are stuck between a rock and a hard place constently. People are in constant fear of losing their job or they stop caring for the job. For the work that is done, they hire people that are over qualified to make up for the lack of training provided. They promise that things will get better. However, they are really slow on their promises. Also, there is no opportunity to grow, unless you don't mind moving to different locations. This is a new contract. Therefore, I'm really hoping things will improve.

    Advice to Management

    Just because it is a contract, does not mean your employees should be pushed a side to meet the demands of the client. Also, before blaming other people for the mistakes they might have made due to said person feeling overwhelmed, look internally to figure out why all employees are feel this way. Do not just take the clients word for it. Discuss the situation with the employee to make a well rounded informed decision.


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  5. Looks promising upfront... Not so much

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

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

    Pros

    Always changing envirnoment. Constant challenge day in and day out. HR tried to be mindful of crosstraining, but doesnt mean a promotion.

    Cons

    The politics are really bad at all levels. The Test Facility Management cares about their own jobs more than they care about improving the work place and the job itself. They are never willing to really challenge a customer as long as they pay is there. It also feels like you are being used, as they will consistently place you in mny different areas/projects, but refuse to compensate you adequetly due to a set path. One year means one year, regardless of whether you contribute a lot or nothing at all.

    Advice to Management

    A growing company deserves growing support. Let go of what used to be guidelines and were made rules and try to improve the envirnoment for techs, management, and SD's


  6. Low pay, good for entry level but get out ASAP

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

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

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

    Pros

    Good benefits like vacation time and medical insurance

    Cons

    Pay is low, no place to grow financially and technically, no bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Hard work is not recognized by the management. Need atleast good pay for motivation to work.


  7. Gained no work experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Had low work pressure. Managers understood engineering.

    Cons

    Didn't feel like I had any challenging work.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

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

    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 Management

    none.


  9. Good place to get experience then move on

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

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Think more about the employees than the stock market.


  10. Charles River Eh?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Senneville, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Senneville, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Not recommended

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.



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