Charles River Laboratories
Happiness score is 44 out of 100
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About the company

  • CEO
    James C. Foster
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  • Founded
  • Company size
    more than 10,000
  • Revenue
    £730k to £4m (GBP)
  • Industry
    Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
  • Headquarters
    251 Ballardvale St. Wilmi...
  • Link
    Charles River Laboratories website
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Cleaner & glass cleaner in Tranent
on 18 August 2022
They get their money worth out you
Cleaning job very stressful Not flexible for cleaners cover different areas all the time money not bad could be a lot better hours are not bad mon to fri
Senior Laboratory Technician in UK
on 12 July 2022
No care for employees struggling during COVID. Poor management. Lack of empathy and long term employee investment. Low level employees were nice however.
Senior Assistant Scientist in Edinburgh
on 1 April 2022
Overworked and under appreciated
Volume of work is very high and the pay does not reflect the work analysts do. The company likes to say they care and are listening but the analysts are overworked and not paid accordingly, without them producing data the company fails, but they are not treated fairly.
Sample Preparation Scientist (Covid Testing Centre) in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
on 5 February 2022
Sample prep technician
Good people and culture, able to learn other techniques if you wanted to. Was busy but we handled it. But pay was way to low compared to other covid labs.
Pathology Technician in Tranent, East Lothian
on 10 January 2022
Not worth the stress or hours
Work load is excessive a lot of over time required with no paise or appreciation for you time or effort. Never hear anything good about the work load you have completed it’s always not quite good enough.Unrealistic targets/goals expected. Work load over booked with not enough staff or hours. Surprise overtime e.g will finish at 7pm with no prior warning. Shocking staff turnover. Not a lot of room for progression. Very big personalities loud and busy rooms. HR not understanding/ no sympathy for mental health. Work life balance is non existent. Will be criticised for not doing enough overtime this also affects your progression. Work can be given to you 5 mins before your finishing time however you cannot leave site until work is completed meaning you WILL be staying late. Holidays more or less have to be booked 1 year in advance or not guarantee will most likely have to carry holidays over to following year.

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