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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated October 17, 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. "Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is a Federal government contract employer"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Specialist in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    When reporting discrimination to human resources as directed in the handbook, CRL simply circled the wagons because it's HR department is setup to indemnify the company against lawsuits and not in the service of employees as represented. CRL retaliated for reporting discrimination. But they were nice about it. They paid well and provided good benefits. It's a great company if you don't have an abusive supervisor.

    Cons

    They are extremely dishonest in their dealings with employees when reporting EEOC discrimination and retaliate for engaging in protected activities, even though CRL is a Federal government contract employer. CRL has a track record of problems complying with Federal government contractual obligations.

    Advice to Management

    False claims to the Federal government are a problem. Punishing employees for reporting the misuse of taxpayer money should cease. The corporate policies defined in company policies and procedures need to be more than lip-service. They need to be followed in practice.


  2. "Staff Scientist"

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

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexible. Life/work balance is good.

    Cons

    Lack of acknowledgement. Poor management. No growth opportunity

  3. "Cliques just like high school."

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay for the animal care department and benefits. Central location with security at the entrances. Received an hour for lunch which is helpful because it's a very physical job.

    Cons

    Management has their favs and the others just have to pick up the slack and don't receive any recognition for going over and beyond.


  4. "Very nice company to start Industrial experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, supportive and experienced
    Nice managers,
    Nice projects, diversified,
    New facilities,
    Free drinks (coffee, hot chocolate), free cakes.

    Cons

    Equipement a bit old, some pit bull managers,
    Salaries a bit lower for the area.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to treat well your employees.


  5. "Good job"

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    Former Employee - Production Technician in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Charleston, SC

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with work / home problems.

    Cons

    Not the greatest about pay for hourly employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take Care of the Hourly workers better.


  6. "Animal Care Technician I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, hours, and opportunity to work for one of the largest biotechnology companies.

    Cons

    Underpaid and work conditions aren't ideal


  7. "Hypocrisie & turnover"

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    Former Employee - Responsable commercial in Lyon (France)
    Former Employee - Responsable commercial in Lyon (France)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    véhicule de fonction, épargne entreprise, intéressement... etc tous les avantages d'un grand Groupe et super restaurant d'entreprise.

    Très formateur, bonne école du milieu

    Possibilité d'être muté dans le monde entier si vous n'êtes pas déjà sur la sellette pour des raisons stratégiques

    Cons

    mauvaise gestion, management négatif, cela pousse les bonnes personnes à partir ou pire par licenciement sans humanité, uniquement pour des raisons stratégiques (rachat, copinage). Donc la notoriété chez les clients s'en ressent et ils partent à la concurrence donc l'humeur interne devient exécrable et la pression est exercée

    Advice to Management

    La France n'est pas et ne sera jamais les USA, tant que le management Française ne le fera pas savoir aux Siège monde, les dégâts continueront (turnover qui coute cher, client qui fuient, désinvestissement des salariés entrainant des problèmes de productions etc....

  8. "ACT Review"

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    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician II in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician II in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Initial promotion opportunity and good benefits

    Cons

    Mostly work alone doing repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    Good management style


  9. "Decent Place to Work"

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

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    They are focusing more on flexible hours

    Cons

    Management can get overwhelmed with company re-org. Training needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "Great employer, some improvements to be made"

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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

    Great growth, good opportunities across the company, CEO is passionate

    Cons

    Profit still the #1 driver of all decisions

    Advice to Management

    You intend to do the right things, just do them!


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