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Updated October 14, 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 14 reviews)

  • Great Manager and good benefits (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance, Work fluctuates drastically (in 12 reviews)

  • upper management is awful, lots of work to do which overwhelms people easily (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Data Central Coordinator"

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    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. Helpful (2)

    "Cliques just like high school."

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for the animal care department and benefits. Central location with security at the entrances. Received an hour for lunch which is helpful because it's a very physical job.

    Cons

    Management has their favs and the others just have to pick up the slack and don't receive any recognition for going over and beyond.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Under Paid, Overworked, Under Appreciated"

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    Former Employee - Formulation Chemist in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Formulation Chemist in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    3 weeks vacation with 1 week sick time. If you didn't get sick, you had 4 weeks vacation and that is pretty good for the US.

    Cons

    You are severely overworked and there is always a shortage of employees. In the 4 years I worked at CRL, Reno, it progressively got worse and worse. Management did nothing, HR did nothing. I assumed they were trying to cut the bottom line in order to satisfy share holders. In the end, employees suffered and I witnessed a mass exodus of employees as a result.

    I tried to stay positive, cross train in departments that needed the support and the only thing I received was criticism. It was very unhealthy to my work life and family life.

    Advice to Management

    Stay away from fear management and focus on your employees as people and not numbers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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

  8. "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


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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