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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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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 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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    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. "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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Get out!"

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    Former Employee - PK Scientist in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - PK Scientist in Wilmington, MA

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

    Pros

    None that I can speak of

    Cons

    Worked in the PK lab as a contractor. Very remedial work and extremely high pressure. They do not treat contractors well. As soon as they feel they do not need you any more, they will boot you out the door without a question asked. Extremely cliquey. Very inexperienced management. Some other departments may be better, but I suggest you avoid the PK department like the plague. They treat you like dogs.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Working at CRL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Charles River Laboratories offer a strong benefit package (including medical, 401K match and perks). Direct supervisors are good to work for.

    Cons

    Overall employee moral can be low at times, negatively often times breeds negatively. Can be difficult to move up the ladder.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Day in the life is not so pleasant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing positive from my perspective except some friends I made there.

    Cons

    The management team is like a group of school yard bullies. If you are not in their clique you are not going to go anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the manager's who have worked there for 25+ years. They have no leadership and no experience since they all grew up from taking care of animals and now treat their employees the same.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Okay for recent college grads to gain experience, but don't stay for too long"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, ability to move around the company, salary is about average for the industry

    Cons

    Terrible culture - Nepotism, disconnect between corporate and the other sites, lack of professionalism by management (cursing, rumors of affairs/hook-ups, management openly trashing other employees, including corporate leaders). I've overheard managers complain to their own employees about their other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people to positions of management simply because they're the only ones that stuck around long enough. Too many managers seem to lack the interpersonal skills needed to effectively lead people


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nice employees but dirty work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Animal Caretaker in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Animal Caretaker in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my time at this company (management and employees).

    Cons

    I do not like the duties of the Assistant Animal Caretaker position (changing cages of researchers). It is very simple and repetitive.

  8. "Supervisor"

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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

    Flexible Work Schedule, Benefits, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Appreciation, Growth Opportunity

    Cons

    Politic playing, Flexible Schedule doesn't apply to everyone, Review Process is standard, XXX, XXX


  9. "Good first job to gain experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tech in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Tech in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule, fellow employees are awesome. You will learn a variety of techniques. take what you learn and go elsewhere.

    Cons

    upper management is awful, lots of work to do which overwhelms people easily.

    Advice to Management

    accept change.


  10. "Stagnant pay"

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

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

    Pros

    easy work, entry level out of college, teaches some skills

    Cons

    stagnant pay, no proper career path from entry level

    Advice to Management

    they know what they're doing wrong there is just a lot of bureaucracy.


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