Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated Sep 23, 2021

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3.4
63%
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
James C. Foster
401 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good Benefits and company culture(in 52 reviews)

  • "They have great benefits and offer competitive pay(in 33 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Long hours, no work/life balance(in 36 reviews)

  • "Long hours due to understaffing(in 22 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Salary

      Jul 4, 2021 - Trainee Scientific Assistant in Harlow, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great experience for university students as a placement position.

      Cons

      Location is not the best.

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      You're just a number

      Sep 19, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Job Security Overtime Pay makes up for below average pay

      Cons

      Overtime is expected 'It's the Charles River way' is used as an excuse when you mention inefficiencies or feeling unappreciated.

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good employer

      Aug 18, 2021 - Laboratory Scientist in Tranent, Scotland, Scotland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Tries to do right by their employees Socially conscious employer Interesting work

      Cons

      Very busy Staffing pressures Can lead to things falling through the gaps

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Charles River labs

      Aug 16, 2021 - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great working environment - Top quality research - Employees development

      Cons

      - Compensation - Not flexible - Amount of work to meet the deadlines

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good company culture and development opportunities.

      Aug 7, 2021 - Scientist in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good company culture and development opportunities.

      Cons

      Fixed term contract and competitive

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Excellent place for a graduate

      Aug 5, 2021 - Lab Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits Fun and friendly atmosphere Good work/life balance Managers care about career progression Beautiful park

      Cons

      Political aspects Lots of odd jobs to do that don't match original job description Labs need upgrades Micro managing

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Disposable employee

      Sep 9, 2021 - Senior Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Low level employees are generally nice.

      Cons

      Willing to risk vulnerable partner's life during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Extremely petty and vengeful upper management.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Decent for starting out in industry

      Aug 9, 2021 - Senior Assistant Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scotland
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good start in the industry. Work with some very talented and friendly people. Get good experience and learn some key things about the drug development process.

      Cons

      Can be overworked and under appreciated. Feels like very senior management are only catering to expectations on a corporate level and not thinking about actual staff onsite.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      abc

      Jul 23, 2021 - Principal QA Engineer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent work culture and hence liked it

      Cons

      Slow work culture due to big company

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Definitely getting better

      Jul 20, 2021 - Study Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Constant workload - Continuous opportunities to learn - Great progression scheme - Training courses

      Cons

      - A push to take on too much work than can handle - Sometimes a lack of care for team/analysts - Sometimes a lack of communication with important updates

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