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Charles River Laboratories CEO James C. Foster
James C. Foster
196 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits, quality people, and overall just a good company to work for(in 33 reviews)

  • "amazing people and great benefits(in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is harmful to health(in 19 reviews)

  • "Long hours, upper management has little idea what is going on on the lower levels and seems to not care(in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Ashland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Company genuinely cares for your well being. They purchased an already established facility that needed a lot of work and you can really feel their committment to improving it. Pays well. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Due to a lack of staff the job was many times overwhelming. The management levels are kind of all over the place.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce amount of "management" increase amount of "legwork" employees

    Charles River Laboratories2019-02-02
  2. "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great company culture, excellent growth.

    Cons

    compensation is below par to similar roles in other company

    Charles River Laboratories2019-05-20
  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Mattawan, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    You can learn a lot. There are abundant opportunities.

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the frequent and open communication.

    Charles River Laboratories2019-05-21
  4. "Fine place to work"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    They care about their employees

    Cons

    Overall some admin departments seem disorganized

    Charles River Laboratories2019-05-14
  5. "a good first job"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    a good job in industry after a Ph.D. or Master.

    Cons

    No work and life balance, favoritism, and no support for your employee's career development.

    Charles River Laboratories2019-05-22
  6. "Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Administrator in Wilmington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Very Flexible with working from home. Great benefits

    Cons

    Generally lower pay than nearby Boston

    Charles River Laboratories2019-05-04
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to get started"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    If you're fresh out of school and need work experience, this is a good place to be. They don't shy away from hiring new grads or young people, and for most positions having a ton of experience isn't really an issue.

    Cons

    Pay tends to be a bit on the low end across the board, work-life balance was pretty bad for a while but has improved a lot. A lot of times it's hard to get past entry level. While it hasn't been my personal experience, I know some department heads don't encourage career development nearly as much as they should. The downside to Charles River being so open about hiring new grads is that, well... EVERYONE is a new grad...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on employee satisfaction and keep asking for feedback! Your staff are your greatest resource. Consider sharing more benefits of the recent growth with the employees - a raise in pay will do wonders for employee morale, all across the board. Young, talented staff who've worked here since graduation will stay and become future leaders and managers in the company - but only if you give them development opportunities...

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    Charles River Laboratories2019-05-02
  8. "OK place to work to gain experience and then move on"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good health and retirement benefits. OK vacation time off. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Upper management only cares about mergers and acquisitions. No employee development. Cramped office and lab space. Low pay compared to industry standards. Poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about the next acquisition and focus on your current employees. Improve working conditions and pay. Stop trying to wring every cent possible out of your workers.

    Charles River Laboratories2019-05-17
  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Ashland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Good money, team oriented atmosphere, incentive to improve and grow within the company

    Cons

    Long hours, upper management has little idea what is going on on the lower levels and seems to not care

    Advice to Management

    Take an interest in all of the employees, not just the high paid, highly experienced employees

    Charles River Laboratories2019-04-29
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - LOA in Mattawan, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Benefits and growth opportunities are great.

    Cons

    Can get a bit busy

    Advice to Management

    Lower management needs an honesty policy.

    Charles River Laboratories2019-04-22
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