very physical and demanding job, too stressful for the salary, long hours, I have learned a lot and got much experience from this lab, love my co-workers. very hard to see animals go thought the pain and symptoms of drugs tested. Hard on my morals of how animals should be treated. I feel like they always push my limits with work load. don't want to do this for the rest of my life.
Research Scientist (Former Employee) – Montréal, QC – 29 February 2016
This company is good for entry level job seekers. The training is good and one can get lots of experiences. The co-workers are nice and there are lots of team work around. Some bosses/managers have favorites when it comes to give promotions or salary raises.
It is good company, however about this position specifically I should say it is very physical and work environment is very hard to tolerate. You have to take a night shift as well. Just good to start your career.
Standard working hours Great work/life balance Super HR team that are all committed to making the workplace great Difficult location (hard to find qualified people willing to make the commute) Great management team Professionalism
Research Scientist II (Current Employee) – Senneville, QC – 1 September 2017
While CRL offers many opportunity to learn and train, it does not offer room for growth, at least not at an adequate rate. Management is over worked and disconnected form the employees. Most enjoyable part of the job is the coworkers.
TEAM LEADER - GENERAL TOXICOLOGY (Current Employee) – Senneville, QC – 21 November 2014
Stressful relationships. Nobody trust nobody. Managers don't care about the mental and spiritual health of the team. People are obligated to do more than their scope of work (managers, team leaders working as technicians, technicians working as maintenance supporters... mandatory overtime rotations - it means, you can't choose and you can't refuse an overtime: it's your time, you will do it 10 PM, 2 AM... doesn't matter! Obligated extra hour and sixth day each 2 weeks. A technician starts at about 13 CAD/ hour. A Team Leader, about 16 CAD/hour. Good health insurance (SunLife), but doesn't worth, cause they'll stole your private life completely! The culture is: "do your job even if it's not good. Who cares! Don't speak too much, don't complain and give us more for the same price". Of course there're good people as co-workers, but you never know when the pressure - from the managers - will turn them against you!
Two annual barbecues free
Long hours (days of 10 hours for techs and 14, 16 hours for Team Leaders and coordinators). Lab people are Ok - 37.5 week.
IT PROGRAM DIRECTOR (Current Employee) – Montréal, QC – 11 March 2013
A typical day consisted of dealing with politics and employees that were afraid of management due to a culture of fear that was propagated by many in management. The hardest part of the job was the culture and a constant feeling of needing to watch my back because I learned the hard way that management could not be trusted.
The people I worked with were helpful and good at what they did. Deadlines were tight, but management were always willing to make adjustments where needed. Coordinating across departments and with multiple teams was rewarding and provided welcome challenges.
Technicienne en santé animale (Former Employee) – Senneville, QC – 9 March 2017
Les journées typiques étaient de 8 à 16h, souvent il y avait de l'overtime obligatoire (ex. 2h par soir ou 2h par sem minimum, et quand j'ai commencé, nous avions à venir travailler une 6ieme journée par semaine durant 6 mois), les supérieurs n'avaient pas beaucoup de considération de notre qualité de vie. Vers la fin de mon service, la charge de travail était mieux répartie mais l'ambiance de travail était sous pression, à la chaîne, quantité au lieu de qualité et tous les animaux des études finissaient en nécropsie, ce qui est difficile pour le moral à la longue. Je sentais un conflit de valeurs personnelles avec la mission de l'entreprise, mais les emplois en biologie (biologiste étant rares), je restais. J'ai aimé ma première année, les heures supplémentaires ne me dérangeaient pas mais à la longue, j'étais épuisée, et étant payée comme une technicienne alors que j'ai un baccalauréat, j'étais sous-payée et je savais que je ne m'épanouissait pas à mon plein potentiel. Ayant nouvellement un enfant, maintenant les heures supplémentaires et le temps plein à 40-50h semaine, ne me disent plus rien. De plus, je suis déménagée à 2h30 de route de mon ancien emploi pour vivre une vie de famille. Un emploi à 3 jours semaines, serait parfait pour moi désormais.
salaire bas, heures supplémentaires obligatoires sur une période prolongée, ambiance de travail lourde