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Lot to be done to help company improve.
Need more organisation

Better structure and time management

Better kit required to complete work

Nice people

Very helpful

Opportunity to learn
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HR director and other Senior Management let it down as they offered as little flexibility as possible to staff. Culture of oppression and strict hierarchy oppressed ideas, innovation, morale and productivity of staff. Nice people worked there but their outlook and morale flattened and twisted, beaten down by unnecessary humiliation and oppression.
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They treat everyone with potential here. I regretted having to leave.
The work is both interesting and enjoyable if you put the effort in you can reap the rewards
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Good job security but due to intensive work load the work /home balance was not great. Loads of opportunity for job advancement if driven. Great team but sometimes stress caused tension.
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awful place, cruel and not for me. nice to get home and see my lovely pets. manager is overweight, loud and not nice, hours are long and tiring, pay is bad
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The people here are nice but the is an atmosphere of despair, where the ethos is being lucky to have a job. Which is a shame because the people are better than that.
Also the salary’s are below anywhere else.
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Good company for those looking for work straight out of university with ample opportunity for advancement for graduates. Training opportunities are fairly good, with quite inclusive workplace culture, also opportunities to get involved in charity work in community. Salary does not reflect role worked.
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Progressive company with lots of good benefits (free food days, gifts at christmas/easter, salary review and small bonus each year) however, expect extremely high workload and majority of upper management very old school and not willing to change with the times.
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The first company I encounter in the UK who is not big on diversity and inclusion. You're pretty much on your own when it comes to advancement and career progression and if the management doesn't want you to advance, you can kiss your career goodbye.
No life/work balance.

Very scarce possibilities to train and develop.
Cons
Management not committed to development
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4.0
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its good to work around kind people. Under the right management you grow despite of politics. An opportunity to learn from the best people is available.
Pros
kind scientists
Cons
parking
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Nice place to work but drive towards efficiency is a drive away from a nice atmosphere.


Very friendly atmosphere with a lot of people willing to help, however the work demand prevented a lot of development
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Very busy place with too little stuff, in results a day of work there is exhausting. The management is well organised and as well as the rest of people I've worked with there are great, friendly and helpful individuals. The hardest part of my work experience at Charles River was the amount of daily work, i often had to cut my breaks short and stay longer just to keep up. After a typical day at work my energy levels were drained.
Pros
"realistic minimum wage"
Cons
physically exhausting
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Interesting projects and smart people. Opportunity to learn a lot. Too many projects and not enough staff made for a stressful environment with high turnover.
Pros
diversity of projects and opportunities to learn
Cons
long hours
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The actual content of the work isn't too strenuous but the volume of work can be overwhelming and the large amounts of analysis to be complete in such a short time with minimal help isn't great.
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Over 14 hour days and expected to work 7 days in a row. No thanks for staying late or arriving early. Mentally and physically exhausted and no time for a family life. Only good thing was the money but you work to live not live to work!!!! CEO wonders why he has such a massive turnover and wants his colleagues to have a work life balance!!! Never going to happen.
Pros
money and creds (money off website)
Cons
Long hours, mental exhaustion
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4.0
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Worked there for 3+ years. Fast paced, interesting work environment. Ended up being stuck in a technical job with no advancement and no extra support with a workload that doubled.
Pros
Lovely people
Cons
Poor progression, poor pay
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The job/work is enjoyable, physically and mentally demanding
Management have no idea how to manage people or manage a company.

Very clicky. If your not friends with management or your face does not fit you will have difficulty here, including bullying
Pros
interesting work
Cons
pay/hours, H&s, bullying, unqualified/uneducated management
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5.0
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Mi esfuerzo y constancia junto con la formación proporcionada por la empresa me han ayudado a llegar a ser Study Director en uno de los equipos más importantes del sector Químico.
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I found the workplace to be fun with management always listening to staffs needs.

Additionally the work carried out was interesting and ever developing keeping the job fresh and helping maintain my interest.
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working here was very interesting the job its self is really good.
very busy all the time.

down side no bank holidays

late hours and weekends

some growth and training
Pros
once a month trats
Cons
poor pay
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Undergraduate placement student doing a degree in Biology. Department worked almost solely in Chemistry so it wasn't what I was looking for. May be better for chemistry/Biochemistry students.
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