Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated 28 Feb 2021

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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
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  1. "CRL"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, England

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    CRL does good benefits and pay

    Cons

    Shift work is never fun

  2. COVID-19

    "I have been working at Charles River now for 4 months and so far my experience has been very good."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Associate QA Auditor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The approach to training - very relaxed and I feel comfortable asking anyone questions Culture - from when I first joined I felt very welcome in QA. Everyone is very kind and everyone is treated with respect

    Cons

    As I’ve started during coronavirus I’ve been remote working which, for training, isn’t ideal as I think face to face is always very beneficial when learning new things. This obviously cannot be helped though


  3. "Great"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Sample Preparation Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Recommends

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories part-time

    Pros

    Great people and work place culture

    Cons

    Mostly shift work, high-pressure - won't be for everyone

  4. "good"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cam, England

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    interesting work, friendly people/ environment

    Cons

    there's not always good communication

  5. "Job Interview"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist II in Tranent, Scotland

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Permanent Contract Good working-life balance Colleagues are nice

    Cons

    Too many man in power

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  6. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - PCR Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and good salary. Great people and company really cares about its employees.

    Cons

    Not much progression. Very competitive.

  7. "Charles River"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Graduate scheme is good for experience

    Cons

    Managers overwork you and only care about making money

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Dire salary"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some friendly people. Good location.

    Cons

    Salary is well below market average for scientist/senior scientist roles. Senior scientist salaries start from just 29K. Many people start well below this as Scientist even if they are PhD qualified. Very little or no opportunity to progress.

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  9. "platform engineer"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Production Analyst in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great company to work for, very flexible, great people

    Cons

    no cons what so ever

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very enjoyable"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Scientist 

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Company values People I work with

    Cons

    Salary isn’t great Overtime is a lot

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