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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated November 20, 2017
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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  • 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. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Exciting job! always doing something different as a QA professional.
    You get to know people from all departments, diverse, great environment.
    You can bank your overtime and take time off!

    Cons

    Pay isn't great and if ever you get a raise is 25 cents.

    Advice to Management

    Educate employees on productivity, sigma, etc. The techs don't get the same chances as other departments. Value more your people, specially the techs that spend long hours at the animal rooms.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Research Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good entry level position to get acquianted with the pre clinical research industry. Quick pace make days go quickly.

    Cons

    Laboratory workload can be more than staff can handle and long hours are expected. Sometimes can be made to feel the money is more important than the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Work to make employees feel more appreciated and understand that the stress put on the employees can effect the daily work.

  3. "Good job"

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    Former Employee - Production Technician in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with work / home problems.

    Cons

    Not the greatest about pay for hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take Care of the Hourly workers better.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Animal Care Technician I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, hours, and opportunity to work for one of the largest biotechnology companies.

    Cons

    Underpaid and work conditions aren't ideal


  5. "Staff Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexible. Life/work balance is good.

    Cons

    Lack of acknowledgement. Poor management. No growth opportunity


  6. "Great employer, some improvements to be made"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great growth, good opportunities across the company, CEO is passionate

    Cons

    Profit still the #1 driver of all decisions

    Advice to Management

    You intend to do the right things, just do them!


  7. "ACT Review"

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    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician II in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Initial promotion opportunity and good benefits

    Cons

    Mostly work alone doing repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    Good management style

  8. "Decent Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    They are focusing more on flexible hours

    Cons

    Management can get overwhelmed with company re-org. Training needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is a Federal government contract employer"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When reporting discrimination to human resources as directed in the handbook, CRL simply circled the wagons because it's HR department is setup to indemnify the company against lawsuits and not in the service of employees as represented. CRL retaliated for reporting discrimination. But they were nice about it. They paid well and provided good benefits. It's a great company if you don't have an abusive supervisor.

    Cons

    They are extremely dishonest in their dealings with employees when reporting EEOC discrimination and retaliate for engaging in protected activities, even though CRL is a Federal government contract employer. CRL has a track record of problems complying with Federal government contractual obligations.

    Advice to Management

    False claims to the Federal government are a problem. Punishing employees for reporting the misuse of taxpayer money should cease. The corporate policies defined in company policies and procedures need to be more than lip-service. They need to be followed in practice.


  10. "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    was good start up to work with on the software end side.

    Cons

    they did not have patience to wait for the solution we were giving


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