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Good entry level but no growth opportunities.

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Former Employee - Research Assistant in Tacoma, WA
Former Employee - Research Assistant in Tacoma, WA

I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Over-time was limited so good work balance.

Cons

No professional growth opportunities, inexperienced management, departments don't work well together.

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  1. Good company in an unstable industry

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    Former Employee - Manager in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Wilmington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very structured, provides continuous training and support to employees. Lots of really nice people in the company with long tenure.

    Cons

    Too many Directors, VPs, so confusing.
    Company is too big, hard to get noticed for the extra efforts
    Not much room for growth if you don't have an an advanced degree

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the old culture that CRL onced had. A lot of good employees left due to change in management especially when the company started laying off people from different business segments.


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    Management is nothing more than a few high school graduates who've put in their decades with the company.

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Kingston, NY
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Kingston, NY

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    If you can stick it out (years), you will eventually end up making a good paycheck and they offer good benefits. The women in the front office are very kind and helpful. It was always a pleasure to see and speak with them. There are also a few good supervisors at this company but they are truly few and far between.

    Cons

    The job is very physical and demanding. Most people at the plant are just horrible to each other and go out of their way to be difficult and hurtful to one another. Most supervisiors look the other way, or, they are the worst offenders of them all when it comes to bad behavior. I've known workers, both men and women, who have been brought to tears because of the Bully in charge. Good work reviews are given to lousy workers because some supervisors are whimps, and in turn that hurts the team (but they don't care). SOP's are ignored and so is the humane treatment of the animals. If you tell anyone about it (which you're supposed to do) it is ignored as well. Charles River Labs is a company that says it will not tolerate harassment of any kind. Yet harassment runs rampant there, starting at the top within management and trickling down to the lowly peons. If management has an issue with you, they will go out of their way to give you a hard time at every bend in the road. The opposite is true if management likes you, well then, you're the golden child. Favoritism runs the show and brown nosing takes a close 2nd.

    Advice to Management

    Put in your resignations and let some real professionals have a chance to run this company the right way. It's time to start at the top and get rid of the dead wood, then work your way down the ladder. That's how you cut your budget Mr. Foster.


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