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Charles River Laboratories Reno Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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Reno, NV

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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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Pros
  • They are really starting to push for a work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Great Manager and good benefits (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance, Work fluctuates drastically (in 10 reviews)

  • A few nay sayers some upper management is political if ur not "in" ur "out" if u catch my drift can be unfair to some (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Data Central Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Central Coordinator in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Data Central Coordinator in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits, pay, and perks the company supplies are sufficient.

    Cons

    There is not a lot of room for growth within the company.


  2. "No work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Pathology Technician II in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Clinical Pathology Technician II in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gym, Healthcare, 401K match, talented people

    Cons

    No work/life balance, Work fluctuates drastically.


  3. "Great place with some minor tweaks"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician Assistant in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Research Technician Assistant in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people in every department

    Cons

    Errors seem to always be put on technicians. Activities aren't fully prepped at all times as needed


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Sink or swim."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You learn a lot! It's a really good place to get experience. Keep under the radar to excel the fastest.

    Cons

    There is expected overtime. Watch your back at all times. Some people are very hard to work with. Try to be as detail oriented as possible.

    Advice to Management

    Please give management training courses. Many managers have no clue how to talk to their employees and are unprofessional.


  6. "Rampant nepotism"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great starting benefits, some very friendly people

    Cons

    under paid for the pressures of the job and requirements placed upon you. hard to advance without first being friends or family with someone farther up the food chain.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth


  7. "Research assistant III"

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    Current Employee - Scientific Associate in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate in Reno, NV

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for the area

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible

    Advice to Management

    Hire the correct amount of staff


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Research Technician Asst."

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

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Relaxed dress code. Good working environment. Incentives. Opportunity to learn from very knowledgeable scientists.

    Cons

    Watch your words. Because of the employee recommendation job incentives everyone knows someone within the company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not employee friendly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company tries to image itself as employee friendly and they will make many claims of how much they do for their employees at least at their Reno facility.

    Cons

    Once an employee is on board, they show their true colors and don't provide the opportunities claimed in the interview.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about what you can provide.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Reno Site - Laid back culture but heavy workloads"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor II in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor II in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is nice working in a professional environment that still maintains a casual, laid-back culture. Employees are dedicated to the mission of the company, which is aiding and accelerating drug development through preclinical research. I enjoy having a great deal of autonomy in my position... NEVER micromanaged.

    Cons

    Workloads within some departments were overwhelming at times. In general, salaries are not commensurate with other CROs and certainly not with large pharm/biotech companies. CRL- Nevada benefits from being the only gig in town for those with a biology/life sciences background. A lot of employees stay because the area is rich in quality outdoor activity, not to mention lower cost of living than the West Coast science hubs. That said, CRL seems to even be falling behind on salaries compared to other companies in the small Reno market.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest periodic research/adjustment to ensure that salaries ranges are current and competitive.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    small departments that work efficiently with others

    Cons

    Be careful what you say about others because everyone knows each other.


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