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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Stagnant pay"

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    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Medical Technologist in Wilmington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy work, entry level out of college, teaches some skills

    Cons

    stagnant pay, no proper career path from entry level

    Advice to Management

    they know what they're doing wrong there is just a lot of bureaucracy.


  2. "Internship review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people with a good atmoshpere

    Cons

    Hourly pay is very little

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Focused on business growth, employees not valued as much"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, type of work, fellow coworkers, satisfaction of helping clients in drug discovery, ability to transfer to different jobs, one day offerings, aggressive 401k and great type of benefits

    Cons

    Very low pay, high work volume that will overwhelm you, benefits are good but increase every year that equal your pay raise, promotions are based on business needs which means you do the job above yours for years without the title, most tech/supervisor/low level management employee bonuses are very low compared to the salary % for directors/upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate your foundation. Take care of the little people. Evolve your jobs and job descriptions to accurately described the hard work people are doing. Promote the deserving people who give everything to the success of their groups not the people who do bare minimum. Remember what the company was like years ago when each employee was valued. Just because the company is growing rapidly doesn't mean you cannot continue something great that was started by a great man- Dr Doc Foster


  4. Helpful (1)

    "No work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Pathology Technician II in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Clinical Pathology Technician II in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gym, Healthcare, 401K match, talented people

    Cons

    No work/life balance, Work fluctuates drastically.


  5. "Great Place!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Manager and good benefits! Flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    Lesser prospects to grow in the profile I worked for.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "House Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Lacking a lot for a big company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flex schedules, one month sabbatical after 5 years

    Cons

    The pay is abysmal, people are promoted with no management training, people are always replaceable

  8. 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.


  9. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Take good care of Employees

    Cons

    Overly technical and cautious on everything, makes for tons of extra work that they don't allocate for


  10. "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


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