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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated June 17, 2017
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  • No work/life balance, Work fluctuates drastically (in 10 reviews)

  • upper management is awful, lots of work to do which overwhelms people easily (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "A Great Place to Regret."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hours are regular, although you will probably work weekends.
    The benefits are reasonable.
    The pay is decent. Not great, but not bad. This is why most people I knew stayed with the company.

    Cons

    Management is quite petty. You can be written up or fired on a whim. Over the years, I saw plenty of people quit or get fired due to this petty behavior. I frequently sat at home and cried because of the management.
    You will not get promotions unless you act as petty as the management. The hardest workers and nicest people I knew never left the bottom tier.
    Lazy people are allowed to stay lazy, which just breaks the spirit of anyone who wants to work hard. If lazy people do not complete tasks, those tasks will be piled on the hard workers.
    The work is repetitive and requires little thinking or skill. That might be fine if you are just content with a paycheck, but if you want a sense of worth or pride, you will probably want out as much as I did.

    Advice to Management

    I have forged great friendships with a number of my managers at other companies over the years. There is not a single manager here that performs their job satisfactorily. Each one was either petty, incompetent, lazy, or all of the above. I'm talking about both lower and upper management. I recommend the company take a long, hard look at how you train your management and teach them about employee retention.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "0 Stars"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Only adding one star because I couldn't proceed without it.

    Cons

    Out of touch executive team, nepotism, management team that shouldn't be in the roles they are in.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Document Specialist I"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist I and Archivist in Limerick, PA
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist I and Archivist in Limerick, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about Laboratory procedures and the paperwork that the scientists needed.

    Cons

    CRL did not give the managers enough help to get the work done in a timely and accurate fashion. A lot of mistakes were found throughout the site

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people ad listen to the need of the employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lab tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Overtime. Lots and lots of mandatory overtime. It would be very difficult to find any words that were good about this company.

    Cons

    Indentured servant. Absolute worst place to work. Run fast the other way. You will make more per hour at a fast food place. Run like a sweat shop. Arrogant small minded management. Strong behind the scenes cronyism .


  5. "Easily Replaced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - N/A in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company and good location.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance. Under appreciated by management, high turn over and high work volume. Cafe is small and overpriced.

    Advice to Management

    Make employees feel more valuable


  6. "Review Chicago"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If interested in a future career in animal science this company can develop your skills.

    Cons

    Schedule was not flexible and high turn around.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is essential to a happy productive team including trust building.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technologist in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Technologist in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to get hired due to the MASSIVE employee turnover rate.

    Cons

    Starting salary is $16 which is far below industry standard. This comes with little to no opportunity for advancement or even a small raise. Harassment among employees is rampant and managers are fully aware and do nothing about it. Managers are disconnected with what is actually going on and are hired with no experience in the field. Inappropriate and offensive behavior is common with little to no consequences. Long hours with breaks for coffee or water not being permitted while working in a lab where these things are not allowed. Non-flexible work hours, notice must be given if even slightly late or early.

    Advice to Management

    Serious lack of leadership or motivation to employees. Little to no incentive for hard work, caters to doing the bare minimum.

  8. "Research assistant III"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate in Reno, NV

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for the area

    Cons

    Work life balance is horrible

    Advice to Management

    Hire the correct amount of staff


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Deceiving Place of Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician I in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    decent benefits, job is not too far to get to, hours beat most of traffic

    Cons

    under paid for amount of work, no respect, treated as replaceable, no cohesion with upper management, constantly looking for reasons to fire people, minimal opportunity for career growth. HR is not on your side and protects upper management. Complaints against anyone that is a position above an ACT go unnoticed or disregarded.

    Advice to Management

    This is a horrible place to work. When you have your interview they lie on how much opportunity there is for growth. They don't even cross train you. Wherever you are placed, you can believe that's all you're doing. You learn nothing, gain nothing. Unless this is your first job. Anyone with experience will be miserable. You have to interview to be promoted to an ACT II. Even if you have the qualifications and experience you have to fight for the promotion against co workers. They do not just promote people. AND with the promotion you get a minimal raise, not even a dollar, and no new skills to learn.


  10. "Rampant nepotism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great starting benefits, some very friendly people

    Cons

    under paid for the pressures of the job and requirements placed upon you. hard to advance without first being friends or family with someone farther up the food chain.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth


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