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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)

  • 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. "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.


  2. "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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Malvern Location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth and advancement, decent benefits, casual work environment. Small sites allow for a close knit atmosphere. Lower level employees are treated with respect and encouraged to voice their concerns and suggestions for improvement.

    Cons

    Not very much structure, the work environment is very casual which is taken advantage of by less motivated individuals- leading others to have to pick up the slack.


  4. "Decent Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Accountant in Charleston, SC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, various career opportunities, room for growth, challenging work, good work environment and nice people in the local office, some nice people in the corporate office

    Cons

    Pay does not align with skills/achievements, difficult to maintain a work/life balance, corporate structure is a barrier to process improvements, lack of communication, system challenges

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your lower level employees who work with the systems daily. Involve your most talented employees in implementations to ensure accuracy and allow them to help you. Give your employees the resources to succeed.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not my first choice to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Big company with large market share.

    Cons

    Management does not want to handle important issues. Leadership puts people as managers who have no people or managerial skills. These managers make other employees life miserable. Leadership does not listen to employees who have ideas and identify issues and provide solutions. Instead they are punished for being vocal. As soon as job market improves I will choose to work somewhere else.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They know more about the process and how to get work done. The staff on the floor have ideas. Don't punish employees because they disagree with your decisions that don't worlk


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not the greatest leadership"

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with plenty of great ideas

    Cons

    Manager's that undermine and create a back biting environment in their subordinates


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Farm Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Farm Technician in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Farm Technician in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits nice people paid holidays double if worked good pay steady work flow potential for advancement with right attitude and dedication

    Cons

    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

    Advice to Management

    Incentives go along way


  8. 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


  9. "CRL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NHP TECHNICIAN in Poolesville, MD
    Former Employee - NHP TECHNICIAN in Poolesville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Challenging job responsibilities with non-human primates.

    Cons

    Contract work only. They allowed the US govt to push me around.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let the client push the contract workers for non-work related issues.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Pasadena, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall great company, very supportive, pay is decent for the work being performed. They are constantly having you do online training to maintain high standards. They offer to pay for your AALAS exam and give you a bonus for each certification you get.

    Cons

    I was contracted out to a site in Thousand Oaks, to say the least we were not welcomed as we would have liked. There was major communication problems with the contact site employees and The CRL employees, somehow we always got the blame. As time went on management changed and communication improved slightly. You should expect to work at least one weekend out of the month, and some holidays. There's not very much room to grow in this particular position unless you're willing to relocate and even at that you will not move up very much.

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve contract + site employee communication. Besides that CRL management was great.


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