Charles River Laboratories
2.5 of 5 80 reviews
www.criver.com Wilmington, MA 5000+ Employees

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A good company to work for if you are looking for a springboard into another pharmaceutical company.

Senior Technologist (Current Employee)
Wilmington, MA

I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

ProsInternal hiring is favorable for people who want to completely change job types, at least for the lower levels.

Everyone is relatively easy to work with and, most of the time, the supervisors do not bother the daily flow of work, allowing for a very personalized work schedule.

It is quite easy to find a group of people that one can relate to which makes the otherwise droll days pass by easier.

Even if the company is not doing well financially, HR allows people to choose another department to work with in lieu of being laid off.

ConsWhen the company is not doing so well, HR is very quick to reassign people to different departments. And although this allows these people to keep their jobs, it makes for increasingly difficult work situations for the remaining people.

Withing any given department, there are only a few levels of progression. Once you reach a certain level, there is no where to go except other departments, unless you don't mind an abysmal maximum 5% raise (if you score lower than a 3, you get no raise. and there is absolutely no way to score a 5).

Communication between managers and workers is relatively poor.

While most of the work schedule is personally based, any aspects which require involvement with another group or person often becomes a hassle due to lack of communication.

Advice to Senior ManagementMany of the choices made by senior management are understandable and most of the reasoning is explained to us, but many of the lower levels consistently seem under-appreciated.

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Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Reno, NV

I worked at Charles River Laboratories


Pros: The quality of work and personal life is good at Charles River Laboratories. Work hours are flexible and workload is not too bad (since… Cons: Although work life at Charles River Laboratories is good, this is really the only scientific company in Sparks/Reno outside of UNR or… Advice to Senior Management: Keep growing Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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

Electron Microscopy Technician (Current Employee)
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… Advice to Senior Management: improve communication among management and employees, treat everyone equally, pay employee for what they are worth, delegate work more, listen better to… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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