Charles River Laboratories
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Good work crew, disconnected management

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Insourcing Solutions is a contract vehicle. The management is less than excellent as far as support, and staffing. It's all about their bottom line cash. They will underbid and understaff. They will promise a one weekend a month overtime duty, but in reality will be 2-3 weekends a month, and cut your overtime with "alternate work schedule" and have you not work on weekdays. This make it impossible to complete workload during the week causing stress and fatigue, overworking all employees constantly.

Pros

reasonable benefits

Cons

Disconnected management. Unreliable / dishonest HR personnel
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Great place to gain experience

I had a great time there, met lovely co-workers, lunch is always fresh, good quality and cheap. Worked in different departments, and met a great deal of technicians who are passionate about their work. Truly remarkable colleagues, very helpful when you need help, you can count on them.
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Ambiente lavorativo opprimente e stressante

Possibilità di crescita vicine allo zero. Competizione, nepotismo e finzione pervadono l’aziendaNon consiglio a nessuno questo posto di lavoro

Pros

Nessuno
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Promotions to fill positions can be good or bad

You can move up but under qualified people can move up as well. Tread carefully. Room for growth and improvement. Could be better. Reliant on a great team environment.

Pros

Great work environment

Cons

Management is silly
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Altijd veel werk met een leuk team

Charles River is een groot bedrijf met veel doorgroeimogelijkheden (mits je er zelf achteraan gaat). De werkdruk ligt over het algemeen hoog maar je doet het samen met je team waardoor het goed te doen is. De arbeidsvoorwaarden zijn goed het salaris is naar verhouding wat je doet en wat je kan (een erg modern systeem met banden en percentages ipv schalen en stapjes). Daarbij is er een eindejaarsbonus afhankelijk van hoe je het gedaan hebt en hoe Charles River het algemeen gedaan heeft kan deze een stuk hoger zijn dan een 13e maand.Over het algemeen vind ik het een netjes bedrijf.
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Unprofessional and unbalanced work environment

Unprofessional and disrespectful management in the way they speak and act towards the analysts. Analysts are yelled at by management. Can never take a day off when requested. Favouritism towards those are the manager’s favorite. No advancement or raise compared to the amount of work given. Overworked with forced overtime every week due to poor communication and management. High stress and pressure to performed perfectly with no room for mistakes. Often demanded to perform task outside of job position level. No staff appreciation. Very high turn over.

Cons

Forced over time, yelled at by management
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If they like you, you're set. If not, good luck

New management is trying to fix the culture but there's still enough people who have been there long enough that can affect your success at the company
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Nothing

Horrible place to work management is awful they don't want to speak to you until there's a problem they tell you the wrong things to do then blame you for doing the wrong things
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It is alright

Primates are dangerousExpect to work at random times after your shift endsExpect to bust your a** without anyone noticingEverything else is ight Decent job out of college
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Opportunità in breve tempo

Sono in Charles River da pochi mesi e già la mia posizione dal punto di vista della mansione e attività è cambiata, in meglio. L’azienda e le opportunità si muovono in fretta, se si ha voglia di fare esperienza, arricchire il proprio bagaglio personale ed essere proattivi è il posto giusto.
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Extraordinary place to work at.

It is a great place to work at. As long as you can handle being inside your whole shift. And also the care of the animals is the main goal at the end of the day.
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Terrible management

Insourcing Solutions is the absolute worst part about Charles River. They don’t want new ideas. They only want work horses. Run far. The pay is horrible. Do not come to work for CRL unless you want favoritism and abuse. Upper management and HR do not listen when the clients complain they believe the clients only!
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Environnement de travail stressant

C’est un laboratoire de recherche, il faut être précis dans notre travail donc cela est stressant à court terme. Le salaire n’est pas très avantageux.

Pros

Repas gratuit (sometimes)

Cons

Courte pause, overtime ++, physique
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Trusting environment where managers treat you with respect, and allow you to do your work without micromanaging.

Charles River has great benefits, fair pay, and trusting managers that let you do your work with the trust and respect you deserve. The importance of the research CRL does should be enough to want to succeed in the job. No one wants to ruin an experiment because they got lazy and didn't maintain sterility! If you work hard, and maintain a good attention to detail you will be rewarded both with respect and monetarily.

Pros

Lunch breaks, consistent hours, clear expectations, vacation time and benefits

Cons

Working with animals involved in biomedical research isn't for everyone, but CRL has many protocols in place to eliminate unnecessary suffering, and make the animals as comfortable as possible.
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Overall, a good company to work for. Good management, great benefits, and good culture.

Management/ coworkers were super helpful and always willing to help new employees succeed and learn. The benefits were great, and PTO allowed for lots of flexibility within reason. The position was not a good fit for me personally, but as a company, they are solid.
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Sample management is terrible

Whatever you do, DO NOT GO INTO SAMPLE MANAGEMENT. I have been in there for almost 4 years without a promotion. I work my but off from day 1 literally developing every that the department has on the lab tech side. They promoted PEOPLE I HAVE TRAINED and ask me questions TO THIS DAY. they will not promote you unless you are a kiss up and lazy. I will not recommend anyone to this company.
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Not Great

They promise good advancement opportunities during your interview but then nothing progresses after that. Management picks favorites and gives them easier tasks or barely anything at all. One person is expected to do the work for 2-3 people.
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Production Technician

Company provides low pay to technicians. Not much room for advancement. I would not recommend this job as a long term option. It’s best for someone right out of college who is looking to gain experience to apply for something with more pay and better learning opportunities. Company culture definitely has to change since this position and location has high turnover.
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Always something to do.

They were just starting and adapting a second shift when I started working there in 2017. Always potential for picking up extra shifts, making extra money. Matching of 401k and such is a great bonus as well. Managers are hit or miss with kindness but aren't we all sometimes?
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Worse than high school

This place is nothing but cliques and gossip. The managers and trainers all talk about you and single you out to everyone when your new and everyone acts like it’s high school. It’s pretty much show up and shut your mouth and even then it’s still not good enough. If you don’t fit it your treated like complete trash by everyone and constantly pulled into talk to the higher ups about things you did or said even if you didn’t do or say it by all the mean girls. It’s literally worse than high school.
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Management Concerns

Work environment is unhappy & negative. Managers are unable to give clear instructions, often change rules, very hypocritical. And they play favorites

Pros

Benefits, you can listen to headphones, schedule

Cons

Unfairness, lack of communication, depressing
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3.1 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.4 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.0 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.8 out of 5 stars for Management
3.0 out of 5 stars for Culture
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