Charles River Laboratories

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5 people found this helpful  

Terrible place to work

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Current Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Reno, NV
Current Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Reno, NV

I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

Pros

They actually have good pay and if they followed their own SOPs and guidelines good advancement opportunities. They treat the animals well because that is the right thing to do and it is their business. There are tons of breaks, basically whenever you want and plenty of people show up late and leave early. So, you only work like seven hours a day and get paid for eight. There are paid holidays and if you work on Thanksgiving or Christmas, food is provided, usually from Boston Market. They do take care of their employees and give lots of room for error.

Cons

Unfair treatment of employees, supervisors are incompetent. I understand their hands are somewhat tied and they cant make a decision without corporate but why are they needed then? Employees are lazy, disrespectful, rude and selfish. While some are busting a hump in the back, others are sleeping at their desk as a supervisor walks by and says nothing. If you are lazy, great place to work. If you work hard, run for the hills!! The drama makes the pay not worth it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start from the top. You need new supervisors in ACS, Tech ops and Necropsy. Senior techs in ACS need to be let go as they continually teach new people not to follow SOPs and can't even set up a rodent rack correctly. Bottom line is you need employees that want to be there and care about the animals more than when they get their next break.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 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
  2.  

    Great people, Good entry level experience, poor advancement opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    spacious facility, average benefits package, great people to work with, will hire new college graduates, good communication, relaxed atmosphere, good sense of teamwork

    Cons

    lots of changes in management structure - could never seem to get it right who should report to who (and some managers are appointed to supervise employees without knowing what their direct reports' jobs are), pay is on low side, my workload doubled while my coworker was on maternity leave and all i got out of it was having to work weekends all summer, vacation requests occasionally get denied for poor reasons, not much room for advacement, sometimes atmosphere can get too relaxed where people become unprofessional, HR has been known to give misinformation on benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offering some room for growth would do a lot for employee morale

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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