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Former Employee - Senior Technologist
Former Employee - Senior Technologist

I worked at Charles River Laboratories

Pros

Good place to learn about the pharma/biotech/CRO industry if you're a kid just out of college. Most people are laid back and happy to teach you if you're willing to learn.

Cons

The pay is abysmal, as is the benefits--even by a CRO's standards, it's not very good. The most promising people leave as soon as they can.

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None.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inexperienced management / hostile work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Fine if you are a PhD. These individuals are treated with respect.

    Cons

    The monkeys are treated better than the employees.

    To quote an HR person "the only professionals here are Study Directors". Anyone else is subject to their verbal abuse.

    Nepotism ( a percentage of individuals are married and actually supervise one another!)

    Inexperienced management. Hostile environment. People are afraid to make eye contact in the hall. The less people you know, the better.

    Low pay and zero opportunity for advancement unless you at all times keep your mouth shut. Having an opinion or any level of expertise will put you in the unemployment line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good for entry level, that's about it.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Reno, NV

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (my specific department)
    Ice cream in the summer

    Cons

    Underpaid due to no competition in area
    No clear path for career growth (Fast Track is a joke)
    Poor management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees they are your most valuable asset. Most employees feel this a stepping stone towards another career and this is reenforced. Education, experience and hard work are not rewarded. Employees feel that the company can pay reduced saleries because there is no competition for science based workers in the area (it is true). One HR represenative even said, "Where else are you going to go" as an address to our concerns. How rude and inappropriate to that. I would only reccomend workng for CRL if you are extremely desperate or fresh out of school and need some experience. PhD you have a chance to succeed but for those BS or MS you will be undervalued regardless of your contributions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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