Charles River Laboratories Reviews

Updated 27 May 2020

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3.3
62%
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71%
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Charles River Laboratories Chairman, President, Director and CEO James C. Foster
James C. Foster
242 Ratings
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  • "There is no work/life balance here(in 29 reviews)

  • "Work long hours with interrupted training with nothing extra in pay(in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Animal Technician"

    5.0
    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. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to Start Career"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Study Director in Tranent, Scotland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good basic training. Large company with Benefits.

    Cons

    Can be expected to do work not comfortable with. Depending on the situation may be pressured into taking certain roles.

    Charles River Laboratories2020-05-22
  3. Helpful (1)

    "low pay no personal development"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    low pay, no presonal development, just a number to manager

    Charles River Laboratories2020-04-29
  4. "average mid level position"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Saffron Walden, England
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, friendly colleagues ready to help

    Cons

    Low salary for expensive area, research exclusively client-driven

    Charles River Laboratories2020-04-01
  5. Helpful (1)

    "good start after graduation"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist 
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    routine easy work good for graduate first job

    Cons

    clliquey bad commute only managers cared about

    Charles River Laboratories2020-03-12
  6. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to start"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Support Function in Saffron Walden, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to go to expose yourself to multiple different methodologies and technologies within the field of early drug discovery. Charles river hire a lot of new graduates, which is great opportunity for those not sure if they want to continue education, persue an academic career, or go into inductrial research.

    Cons

    Money. As a CRO their budget is pretty tight, but they are getting lots of business so this could be changing soon. Don't expect a huge big-pharma paycheck. It's not terrible; hence 'a good place to start.' You may also get frustrated with the spending on technology - due to tight budgets. Charles R won't spend money unless they're guaranteed an immediate payback.

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    Charles River Laboratories2020-01-26
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to get initial experience"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Tranent, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good place to get experience, lots of training provided Company benefits eg pension scheme are good

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours, overtime expected at very little notice No interest from managers in personal development and aspirations Stressful work environment HR unhelpful and unfriendly

    Charles River Laboratories2019-11-06
  8. "Administrative worker at Charles River"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Administrative 

    I worked at Charles River Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Positive working culture, good hours

    Cons

    Have to be ok with the fact that they test on animals on site

    Charles River Laboratories2019-11-01
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great to start your career"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    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
  10. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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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
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