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Charles River Laboratories CEO James C. Foster
James C. Foster
188 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great PTO policy, they really support having a work-life balance(in 17 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, quality people, and overall just a good company to work for(in 33 reviews)

Cons
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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
    • 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

      Advice to Management

      Consider pay for experienced staff and progress path.

      Charles River Laboratories2019-03-09
    • "okay"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Charles River Laboratories part-time

      Pros

      management were good in the department

      Cons

      salary wasn't excellent but okay for a basic job

      Charles River Laboratories2018-06-17
    • "IT Specialist"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

      Pros

      I work in IT department. There are no strict deadlines, no pressure, no bullying from the supervisors, working from home is also available

      Cons

      Location is not close to city and also they keep using old technology. They are very formalized and have procedures for everything.

      Advice to Management

      Try to adopt new ways to execute the daily bureaucracy and run the roll out. Digitizing the countless procedures and documents would be good too.

      Charles River Laboratories2018-03-18
    • "Working here"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Charles River Laboratories full-time

        Pros

        Not a stressful environment

        Cons

        Not learning anything, slow career progression

        Charles River Laboratories2018-03-26
      • Helpful (5)

        "Edinburgh (Tranent, Scotland)"

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        Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Tranent, Scotland
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        Strong values and work ethic High-quality training programmes Pension and Life Assurance plan Holiday entitlement (28 days + 4 days public holidays) Regular employee performance reviews that help personal progression Flexible working hours and possible working from home Subsidised staff room Free on-site car park CREDS – discounts for CRL employees with various retailers Recently opened on-site gym-classes...

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        Cons

        Underpaid, lower salary and bonuses when comparing to equivalent companies, which normally is the main reason for high staff turnover number Rural location – good for drivers, but no frequent public transport; staff room only open for 2 hours a day, possible to get snacks from vending machines, but nearest shop based in Tranent centre Driven by budget – continuous cuts in employee benefits/perks/services, e.g. removal...

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        Advice to Management

        Show that you care about employees by talking to them directly, taking interest in their day to day tasks and challenges, arrange regular meetings, surveys to address current issues, provide support and help to solve problems together, not just refer to someone else. Make employees feel rewarded for the job they do by focusing on their needs to successfully complete projects more than focusing on pleasing clients. Review...

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        Charles River Laboratories2018-03-01
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        "Assistant Scientist"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Charles River Laboratories

        Pros

        Fast paced, good learning ground

        Cons

        High workload, high pressure environment

        Charles River Laboratories2017-12-04
      • Helpful (3)

        "Demoralising"

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        Former Employee - Study Director in Glasgow, Scotland
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No Opinion of CEO

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

        Pros

        Reasonably interesting role, met some good colleagues

        Cons

        High staff turnover Poor salary Poor management support Poor career progression

        Advice to Management

        Stop viewing staff as a dispensable commodity that you can pay low and treat poorly until they leave.

        Charles River Laboratories2017-12-18
      • Helpful (1)

        "Great employer"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 culture, family comes first, flexible Working.

        Cons

        Can be stressful, possible to get overloaded at times. Always going to be the case when a company expands so much.

        Advice to Management

        Talk to the employees, measure stress, provide support for new hires.

        Charles River Laboratories2017-10-21
      • "Very nice company to start Industrial experience"

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        Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Nice co-workers, supportive and experienced Nice managers, Nice projects, diversified, New facilities, Free drinks (coffee, hot chocolate), free cakes.

        Cons

        Equipement a bit old, some pit bull managers, Salaries a bit lower for the area.

        Advice to Management

        Continue to treat well your employees.

        Charles River Laboratories2017-10-12
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