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Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated Oct 3, 2019

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3.3
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Charles River Laboratories CEO James C. Foster
James C. Foster
218 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good benefits, quality people, and overall just a good company to work for(in 34 reviews)

  • "amazing people and great benefits(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is harmful to health(in 22 reviews)

  • "Long hours, upper management has little idea what is going on on the lower levels and seems to not care(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Animal Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great teamwork Happy coworkers Good work ethic

    Cons

    Overtime expected is too much sometimes

    Charles River Laboratories2019-03-10
  2. "Great to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Scientist in Tranent, Scotland

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good copmany to gain experience, nice people you work with

    Cons

    Low salary, a lot of overtime

    Charles River Laboratories2019-10-02
  3. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Assistant Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, perks, bonus

    Cons

    If you fit in it is great. If not it can be difficult.

    Charles River Laboratories2019-09-19
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sweatshop for Scientists"

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    Current Employee - Senior Assistant Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good starting pay for a graduate scientist, good progression for 3 years, overtime is paid well

    Cons

    Overworked, unrealistic deadlines, very low job satisfaction, progression after three years is poor, overtime is something you just cannot avoid - not great on days you have somewhere else to be

    Charles River Laboratories2019-08-18
  5. "Reasonable - Has it's pros and cons"

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

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

    Pros

    Progression scheme in some departments, benefits, employs graduates,

    Cons

    Maternity pay, allowance for absences for sickness and bereavement

    Charles River Laboratories2019-08-15
  6. "No respect for hard work and finally manipulations of performances"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice bunch of people to work with and a good location Good for an inexperienced young people to learn science and gain experience. Prefer females to do routine work and good promotions with life/work balance Good for British natives as they are mostly recognised for promotions, training and career prospects. Good for female leaders to be succesful

    Cons

    -Too much hard work as you cannot handle and management doesn't care at any cost, only think about their targets and career prospects with the rated high-bonus at the year end. - Some people in the management are inhuman-robots and selfish only concern their progress on the line. Sometimes, they are just laughing and spending the time on PC for sports cars or other nonsense. and laboratory staff doing all the hard work, but they don't care and respect. -If you are a group leader or above, then you will be lucky as you can supervise other people even without knowing the science behind experiments sometime. -Internal politics are too harsh. -Only promote and treat people who are in the right side. If they don't like you, they will rip you in some hard- parts of the project. -There are some old guards (15 years or above) who control the entrance and exits, even they can sack senior managers who do not listen to them using their dirt-tactics with HR puppets. -Some females are promoted very quickly, you will be surprised how they made promoted so quickly when you know their working strength.

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    Charles River Laboratories2019-08-13
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Charles river laboratories"

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    Former Employee - Animal Technician in Tranent, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None at all unfortunately sorry

    Cons

    Work load, the way the management staff treat you and the way other colleagues treat each other is horrible. Do not advise working here it’s not even worth the wage.

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    Charles River Laboratories2019-08-20
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Coordinator in Manston, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some of the people are amazing, hard working and dedicated people with very little given back to them for their dedication

    Cons

    Very little interest in helping people progress, badly managed, constantly firefighting due to high staff turnover and under staffing, pay is very poor, unpaid overtime expected

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    Charles River Laboratories2019-05-27
  9. "Laboratory Technician - Charles River"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Tranent, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Positive team environment - excellent training

    Cons

    - mediocre management experiences - unhelpful HR experiences

    Charles River Laboratories2019-04-21
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Senior Assistant Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly staffs and supportive HR is so helpful

    Cons

    Low pay and There is no progress path after some years

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    Charles River Laboratories2019-03-09
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