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"One Charles River"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Even though Charles River is a global organization, there is a lot of emphasis on team work from site to site. Many of my colleagues that I interact with on a daily basis are all over the world (Canada, Europe, Asia, in the US but outside of Massachusetts) but we still work well as a team and support each other to achieve our goals. As a member of the marketing department, I have the pleasure of working with a variety of different groups within the company including operations, sales and the scientific staff. There is also a lot of room for growth within the company. I have seen a lot of my colleagues grow and move between departments when opportunities arise. The company does a great job of retaining employees.

Cons

It can be difficult at times to find a work life balance as the company expects more from its employees without increasing resources. However, this is not unique to Charles River, but a trend across industries and corporations.

Advice to Management

Continue to encourage employees with positive reinforcement when deserved. It can really boost moral and create increaseed productivity.

Other Employee Reviews for Charles River Laboratories

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Charles River Laboratories is Unfair and Unethical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can deal with the poor and unfair treatment and bite your tongue, it's a good job with good benefits in a very depressed area of Ulster County, NY.

    Cons

    On Thursday, October 18, 2012, Charles River had a major layoff. Only to have several of those employees return to work again the following Monday (?). Raises were given all over the plant after the lay-offs and some supervisors were demoted, only to be able to work loads of overtime and get paid even more money than usual working for hours instead of salary. Here we all thought that money was tight and Jim Foster was cutting his budget due to the economy. On top of that, those of us that were let go were told we couldn't bad mouth the company or anyone at the plant by name or our pitilly little severence pay would have to be returned. Sounds a little like blackmail. I believe there are lawyers out there that only practice constiutional law, and they do it for a reason, if you get my drift!!? It wouldn't have been so bad if the lay off was performanced based instead of senority based (which is just completely wrong, unfair and makes no sense). Good workers, hard workers, dependable workers were let go while lousy slacker call outs got to keep their jobs. I only hope this company continues to operate in this fashion and eventually goes belly up or PETA or some form of ANIMAL WELFARE shut it down. Animals are suffering as a result of the type of workers that have remained employed. I've seen it!

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a refresher course in what it's like to work in those rooms following their own SOP's. They could also stand to take a class a business ethics and constiutional freedoms and cruelity to animals.


  2. "Good entry level but no growth opportunities."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Over-time was limited so good work balance.

    Cons

    No professional growth opportunities, inexperienced management, departments don't work well together.

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