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good place to work
Associate Scientist (Current Employee) –  Harlow, Essex15 May 2019
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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2.0
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positive but very absorbing
Cleaner full time (Former Employee) –  Tranent, East Lothian28 March 2019
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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5.0
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Not too bad
Assistant Scientist (Current Employee) –  Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh26 November 2018
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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Long days and no thanks
Animal Technician (Former Employee) –  edinburgh18 June 2018
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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2.0
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Avoid working here
licenced technician (Former Employee) –  Manston, Kent16 May 2018
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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Exciting and interesting work conducted
Study Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Edinburgh, Scotland29 December 2017
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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3.0
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overstretched
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Edinburgh City, City of Edinburgh17 June 2017
Work on average 9 hours overtime a week as we are understaffed and under resourced. I have learned many skills but the lack of progression after 2 years is why i intend to move on. The management are largely anonymous and unaware of the lack of resource.
Cons
low salary, no recognition for additional effort, no career progression
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Advise against working here
licensed technician (Former Employee) –  Manston, Kent11 June 2017
The animal work itself is not bad, however the workload is unachievable without the excessive overtime which you have no option but to do and often without notice. Workplace culture is one of blame and hostility as the constant time shortages lead to mistakes and shortcuts; not an environment to strive for high standards of animal welfare (as the company say they do).
Middle management have little respect or appreciation for employees; there is also a lack of diversity, respect for other cultures/races and equal opportunities as most longer-term employees have rarely ventured out of Thanet.
Pay is minimal for this industry and for science graduate roles which is probably a factor in the revolving door of high staff turnover. Some days you are expected to work without a break for 6-8 hours.
Pros
Colleagues are mostly friendly and decent
Cons
Poor pay, conditions, treatment and hours
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5.0
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detailed
Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Manston22 January 2017
Was one of the best workplaces I have ever worked at with such great teamwork and high spirited employees.
Needs more staff to keep an easier function.
Pros
pay
Cons
function
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1.0
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terrible hours,poor conditions and horrible supervisors
Maintenance Electrician (Former Employee) –  Edinburgh, SCT29 March 2014
Poor salary and long hours,lone call out work in unfamiliar buildings,abrubt and devious managers and unpleasant work conditions.
Pros
job security
Cons
breaks, salary, work conditions, mangers.
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