A typical day would be going in get suited up in uniform,hat,mask and gloves enter into area and manually water and feed about 1000 cages of mice I will do that twice a week.A day of weaning about 700+ cages of mice, a day of littercounting the same sections weaned ,I have 3 different strains of mice that i do this with.We have two 15-30 min breaks each day you must do your paperwork on half your break I have to Retire out amounts of cages each week set back up new cages. Clean all 700+ cages each week with little to no over time in doing it all.I have also work in the surgery department where I filled surgery orders for customers for rats and mice.I've worked in a rat department weighing stock getting up orders, timed pregs,tail bleeding,littercounting,weaning,breed and care for the animals.But through all of what I do the best part is leaving to go home each day sad but true. The people you work with make a huge difference in the work place.
TECHNICIAN 2 (Former Employee) – 400 Park Center Drive – February 12, 2014
Charles River, was a interesting and challenging job. I enjoyed the six years I worked there. It was so different from anything I have every done. Working with twenty coworkers taught me how to deal with many types of personalities. It taught me patience and understanding. Breeding mice for the advancement of medical research was rewarding. I love animals, so this made work very enjoyable. The hardest part of this job was leaving. I worked with wonderful co-workers and management.
Animal Care Technician I (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – July 25, 2014
To make a long story short, staff is overworked and unappreciated. Although some staff were supportive, this was not the best work environment for myself and others who quit. The pay was literally what kept others there so long. Out of all my jobs, I can honestly say I would never come back here!
I would very much like to stay with CRL. CRL has given me some wonderful opportunities to learn new skills and they have supported my interests and education. A typical day at work is busy but rewarding.
respect from management, support.
short breaks! no employee teams or employee day out anymore.
Assistant Supervisor of GCIS & Learning Center (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – September 11, 2013
As an assistant supervisor, you get to deal with people as well as animals ( in my job). I worked in that company for almost 10 years and now I want to move on and up. I did get to recommend treatment ways for sick mice and I did enjoy seeing them get healthier.
at times doing your job and the job of those who called in
Chemical operator (Former Employee) – Charleston, SC – April 1, 2015
I learned that all medicines are tested with a powder derived from the horseshoe crabs blue blood. Managers where always in a good mood laughing and telling jokes but the hardest part of the job was working for 12 plus hours a day. But the most enjoyable part was dealing with live animals
Finance (Former Employee) – Wilmington – February 26, 2015
Certain managers are allowed to have favorites and limit personal growth. HR supports management and do not understand the system to see how it's flaws can be used against an employee if the manager decides to build a case. Even, when you know you are being set up - it is allowed.
Animal Care Technician I (Current Employee) – Cambridge, MA – September 2, 2013
Some people are smart, professional, and overall nice while my most recent experience as basically been the opposite. As a contractor I work in an environment where people can treat us badly with no repercussions from our host company and no protection from CRL.
Veterinary Technician (Current Employee) – Boston, MA – January 7, 2015
There is a lot of opportunity for growth, development and advancement within the company. The upper management is very supportive and encouraging of the staff. The staff are very welcoming. Like any other company, it is not perfect and there are always room for improvement.