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Charles River Laboratories
The management team at Charles River Laboratories preparing to serve colleagues at an employee barbecue  

Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Charles River Laboratories was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):

  • Charles River Laboratories supports charitable initiatives that align with its corporate social responsibility pillars: humanitarian efforts, health and wellness, environmental sustainability, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education -- and encourages employees to give back to the community through a matching gifts program (to $500 per year)
  • Along with helping employees save for the future, Charles River Laboratories offers a number of financial benefits including a share purchase plan (available to all), signing bonuses for some, year-end bonuses and referral bonuses of up to $900
  • Employees working at Charles River Laboratories' primary office can take advantage of a number of onsite amenities, including a cafeteria with healthy and special diet menus, an employee lounge with a pool table, foosball and board games, and subsidized access to a fitness facility, featuring circuit training, yoga, pilates and Zumba classes
Charles River Laboratories employees standing against bullying on Pink Day  


Industry Medical Research and Development
Established in Canada 1965
Publicly traded yes
Parent company Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.
Parent company head office Wilmington, MA, United States
Major Canadian hiring locations Sherbrooke QC, Senneville QC, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 1,255
Part-time employees in Canada 107
Average age of employees in Canada 41 years
Longest serving employee 40 years
Long-term savings defined-contribution (DC) pension
Alternative work options flexible work hours, compressed work week, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 12 months
In-house training initiatives in-house training, online training, leadership training, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities, employees receive paid time off to volunteer, (up to 1 paid day)

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