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"Inexperienced management / hostile work environment."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reno, NV
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Fine if you are a PhD. These individuals are treated with respect.

Cons

The monkeys are treated better than the employees.

To quote an HR person "the only professionals here are Study Directors". Anyone else is subject to their verbal abuse.

Nepotism ( a percentage of individuals are married and actually supervise one another!)

Inexperienced management. Hostile environment. People are afraid to make eye contact in the hall. The less people you know, the better.

Low pay and zero opportunity for advancement unless you at all times keep your mouth shut. Having an opinion or any level of expertise will put you in the unemployment line.

Advice to Management

Quit.

Other Employee Reviews for Charles River Laboratories

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good for entry level, that's about it."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (my specific department)
    Ice cream in the summer

    Cons

    Underpaid due to no competition in area
    No clear path for career growth (Fast Track is a joke)
    Poor management

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees they are your most valuable asset. Most employees feel this a stepping stone towards another career and this is reenforced. Education, experience and hard work are not rewarded. Employees feel that the company can pay reduced saleries because there is no competition for science based workers in the area (it is true). One HR represenative even said, "Where else are you going to go" as an address to our concerns. How rude and inappropriate to that. I would only reccomend workng for CRL if you are extremely desperate or fresh out of school and need some experience. PhD you have a chance to succeed but for those BS or MS you will be undervalued regardless of your contributions.


  2. "A good company to work for if you are looking for a springboard into another pharmaceutical company."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Wilmington, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Internal hiring is favorable for people who want to completely change job types, at least for the lower levels.

    Everyone is relatively easy to work with and, most of the time, the supervisors do not bother the daily flow of work, allowing for a very personalized work schedule.

    It is quite easy to find a group of people that one can relate to which makes the otherwise droll days pass by easier.

    Even if the company is not doing well financially, HR allows people to choose another department to work with in lieu of being laid off.

    Cons

    When the company is not doing so well, HR is very quick to reassign people to different departments. And although this allows these people to keep their jobs, it makes for increasingly difficult work situations for the remaining people.

    Withing any given department, there are only a few levels of progression. Once you reach a certain level, there is no where to go except other departments, unless you don't mind an abysmal maximum 5% raise (if you score lower than a 3, you get no raise. and there is absolutely no way to score a 5).

    Communication between managers and workers is relatively poor.

    While most of the work schedule is personally based, any aspects which require involvement with another group or person often becomes a hassle due to lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Many of the choices made by senior management are understandable and most of the reasoning is explained to us, but many of the lower levels consistently seem under-appreciated.

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