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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated September 3, 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. "H R representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexible good pay great science

    Cons

    No work life balance excessive overtime


  2. "Research"

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

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories as a contractor

    Pros

    They care about you as an employee.

    Cons

    The pay is average.

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "House Manager"

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    Current Employee - House Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - House Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, great management and leadership. Above average pay. Work alone everyday. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Some weekends are mandatory


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Necropsy Tech II"

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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

    Great company
    Lots of vaccation and sick time
    Rewarding knowing what you are working on will go to help others in the future

    Cons

    Long hours
    Hard on your body physically
    Dealing with chemicals on a daily basis
    Dealing with death everyday

    Advice to Management

    Need more shifts break up the work load. Need more trained and will employees. Older employees are not as productive as the new hires.


  6. "Great benefits and fair pay"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    excellent benefits, affordable health care premiums, paid time off

    Cons

    not a lot of opportunity to advance


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in Reno

    Cons

    Starting salaries are low for education they require

  8. "Research Technician!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work! I have learned so much!

    Cons

    No Cons. This place is so organized, gives appropriate training.


  9. "Great Marketing Dept"

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

    Pros

    Great company with a great team culture

    Cons

    none I can think of now

    Advice to Management

    great


  10. "Good Place to Learn"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for here a few years and I learned more things here than any other place. If you do a good job you will get more things to do. But if you take with a positive attitude you will learn alot of things.

    Cons

    They work you to the bone .

    Advice to Management

    keep an eye on your employees and if they are overworked. Always appreciate them.


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