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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 11, 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 11 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. "House manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits pay able to work alone

    Cons

    To much drug use bosses come to work drunk

    Advice to Management

    Need to get your act together


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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 (1)

    "Charles River: "Where human imagination goes to die""

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

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Working at Charles River provides a terrific learning opportunity. In that, "Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise."

    Cons

    The word "Machiavellian" best captures it: "Cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics or in advancing one's career."

    Advice to Management

    Evolve.


  4. "ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    beni. are ok could do better

    Cons

    pay is still below the field pay ....they can do a lot better


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid This Company At All Costs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    The only thing I liked were my coworkers

    Cons

    Where do I even begin? Horrible work environment, micromanagement to the point of harassment, verbal and emotional abuse was constant, we were not allowed to help one another and were told that if an employee was going too slow to yell at them to "kick their rear in gear", were expected to feed animals at a minimum of 60 tanks a minute and times were constantly being monitored and measured, everyone I know who still works there is trying to get out, and I know someone who worked for them at a different location that literally had the exact same experience. The entire corporation is run like a sweatshop.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people, not like numbers. The conditions of this place are like a sweatshop and are illegal


  6. Helpful (3)

    "do your research"

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

    Pros

    good benefits and social responsibility.

    Cons

    below market salaries, poor leadership, too many bossy bosses bossing non direct reports around, very turf oriented, lack of team cohesiveness, leaders who cannot lead so micro-manage instead. expected to be available on weekends and during vacations.

    Advice to Management

    retire, let someone else more capable do your jobs.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good to bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    First decade was awesome.

    Cons

    Some changes should be closely monitored by corporate. Its about management, It can make or break a place. Turn over was outrageous. I've never seen anything like it.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "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


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