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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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Pros
  • They are really starting to push for a work/life balance (in 13 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. "Rampant nepotism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Shipping and Receiving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Packing and Shipping Technician in Catskill, NY
    Former Employee - Packing and Shipping Technician in Catskill, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not sure...... Heard a great deal of good but never saw any. Was lead on for a really long time.

    Cons

    Being screwed for 7 weeks while I was a serious candidate for the position. Lost other opportunities because of being lead on for so long.

    Advice to Management

    Work faster.... Make quicker decisions when it comes to ones livelihood!!!!!


  3. "Stuck in there old ways"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    good benefits, summer hours are nice

    Cons

    behind in the times, the old workers do not want to change and this includes Management.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your Management teams and get people with more work experience. Just because they have been there DO NOT Promote them they are not qualified for the job.


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  5. "Great place to start but don't stay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Free ice cream in the summer

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Assembly line science

    Advice to Management

    BETTER COMMUNICATION!!!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Trying to do too much at once"

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good but employees are too busy to take advantage of them.

    Cons

    Too many initiatives going on and not focused on fully integrating new organizations. New sites are over stressed and over worked without much help from corporate. Benefits are good but not enough time to actually use vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are tired and burnt out. Stop trying to do too many things at once. You are working your employees into the ground.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Discriminative, Racist, and Horrible"

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

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

    Pros

    An opportunity to get into the biomedical research field and explore other options.

    Cons

    Management is extremely "shady". If you report any problems about another employee...it will get back to them... Which causes an very uncomfortable situation. African American employees are treated differently when it comes to small mistakes. There is a lot of racial profiling and stereotyping. Management often overlooks any issues with job performance of their "favorite" employees. The management will talk to you any kind of way, blame you for things that are out of your control and then ask you to come in on your off day. These people are so messy, at the end of the day you can't even be too upset with them because they are simply ignorant and they don't know any better. Very sad situation.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Just because you don't really like your job, don't make it hard and miserable for new people who still have enthusiasm and drive for what they do. Stop dimming a person's light just because they don't smile in your face and pretend to be your friend. If you are unhappy with what you do, simply leave and let someone else have a chance to make the workplace better and improve its culture and morale


  8. "Need I say more!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The learning experience in invaluable

    Cons

    Very poisonous work environment. The management style utilized across the board is personal and highly based on favouritism. This is highly expected though when you place people with no manegerial skills in the wrong place. So, bottom line if you want to get up the lader, you need to polish your brown-nosing skills.

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to what your employees are saying without holding a grudge
    - Take management courses
    - Simply be faire


  9. "Disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Experience. Will hire out of college. Immediate supervisors are excellent.

    Cons

    Management has no respect for employees. View us as disposable and make sure we know it. Work gets in the way of personal life often. Rampant favoritism and most peoplearent comfortable taking concerns to hr on site. Often times nothing happens even if it's a repeated complaint by multiple people..

    Advice to Management

    Leave and let someone better suited take over.


  10. "Analyst Immunochemistry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst- Immunochemistry in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Analyst- Immunochemistry in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to get experience if you are fresh out of school (the McDonald's of the research companies)

    Cons

    A fair number of Scientists without a science degree

    Advice to Management

    Profits and efficiencies could be increased if R&D, validations and sample analysis projects were managed by people with a science degree.


  11. "Poor management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro is good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor IT leadership team that fosters a very poor culture. The team is detached and operate like a clique of high school cheerleaders. Anyone that does not fit with the arrogant, superior attitude, is quickly disciplined or laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture starting with your executive leadership team.



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