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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated 6 December 2018
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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  • "Absolutely terrible work life balance" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Understaffed, underappreciated, very little integrity when it comes to upper management" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Quality Systems Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Looking forward to career advancement in the not so far out future.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say.


  2. "Human and animal abuse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Clean and sanitary work place

    Cons

    All I can say about this company is abuse, abuse and abuse. Both animals and employees. They are racist and there is no respect in the works environment. They treat you like a machine and worse like a garbage. Very low salaries and huge amount of work load. The worst section is toxicology with a very brutal supervision and managment.

  3. "Could be worse. Could be better."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you just want to get in, do a job, get out then this place is a decent option
    Pays well.
    Flexible schedule.
    Good people.

    Cons

    If you consider yourself ambitious, you will be frustrated with your time here. They need a warm body to do a procedure. That's it. For some, that's fine. But you won't be going anywhere.
    Condescending upper level people.
    HR likes to assign busywork.


  4. "Good as a CRO, not comparable to biotechs or pharma"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people, good work culture, starting to better care for employees

    Cons

    Lagging in technology, too bureaucratic


  5. "Analyst position- Overall good experience"

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    Former Employee - Immunology Analyst in Senneville, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Immunology Analyst in Senneville, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Good starting point to springboard to other opportunities

    Cons

    Repetitive work
    Not very competitive salary
    Can have forced overtime


  6. "Fulfilling, challenging, rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Horsham, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Horsham, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family like environment, diverse staff, dedicated staff, exciting work

    Cons

    Poor retention rate, negative attitudes, odd hours


  7. "Sounds good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Easy job, good health insurance.

    Cons

    Physical job, always on your feet except for breaks.

  8. "Lab tech"

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    Current Employee - Lab Tech I in Wilmington, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Lab Tech I in Wilmington, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment is friendly and hours are flexible

    Cons

    It's overall a good place to work.


  9. "Nice but overworked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, average benefits, nice people

    Cons

    Long hours, unpredictable work environment, lots of overtime

    Advice to Management

    match schedules between departments, stop relying on one or two employees to do everything


  10. "Fantastic place to work and grow!"

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    Current Employee - Document Management Associate in Mattawan, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Document Management Associate in Mattawan, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, learning opportunities, industry exposure, fast-paced growing company with lots of career opportunities

    Cons

    The nature of some jobs can seem a bit repetitive, and at times it can feel like you are a cog in a large machine.