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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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Pros
  • Flexibility and work-life balance, values (in 12 reviews)

  • Great Manager and good benefits (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance, Work fluctuates drastically (in 9 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. Featured Review

    "Exciting Place to Work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Manager in Wilmington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I really enjoy working for Charles River Labs! They value their employees and offer excellent compensation and benefits. The training and development offered to managers is top notch! I am looking forward to growing in my career here.

    Cons

    I can't really report any cons at the moment!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    They are really starting to push for a work/life balance. Offered flex schedules, good PTO, good people to work with, challenging work and room for growth. They encourage you to apply within the company to try new departments if you so wish.

    Cons

    None that I can think of since they are working hard to keep employees happy right now


  3. "Working at CRL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Scientist experience at CRL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. For many employees, can start and finish when you like, as long as you do your minimum hours required. Lots of people change positions within the company, giving one choice and opportunity.

    Cons

    Lots and lots and LOTS of overtime, unpaid for many salaried employees including myself. Nights and weekends.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice employees but dirty work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  7. "Purchasing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and work-life balance, values

    Cons

    Lack of communication and red tape

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more


  8. "Lab technologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great job out of college.

    Cons

    Poor management and no raises were given except for an afternoon extra 30 cents each year.


  9. "histology technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Histology Technician in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Histology Technician in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    -good culture
    -big company
    -career advancement
    -good benefits

    Cons

    -low salaries
    -only one location in canada


  10. "Supervisor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. "Good first job to gain experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.



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