Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Bio-Rad Laboratories President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
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Pros
  • It's an excellent place if you have a family and want some good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Solid company financially, good product line up and industry growth is on the horizon (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Top executives have never worked anywhere else and they aren't moving (in 4 reviews)

  • Decision-making isn't always straightforward; often it's not clear who is responsible or accountable for specific decisions (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Senior Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent environment to work in. Friendly people

    Cons

    Work can get a little repititive


  2. Instrument Assembler/Materials Handler

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    Former Employee - Materials Handler in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Materials Handler in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work for up to date topics

    Cons

    sometimes work loads not on time

    Advice to Management

    have better rules


  3. Slow and Steady

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid products; Loyal employees; Good learning ground

    Cons

    Too low Sr management turnover; Very traditional and risk-averse organization; Utilize technology better to enable business outcomes

    Advice to Management

    Develop a more aggressive strategy to achieve solid growth plan while increasing margins; Invest more into employees and beyond ERP


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  5. Regional Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best job at Bio-Rad most days.

    Cons

    Most pressured-job at Bio-Rad most days

    Advice to Management

    Provide more leadership training


  6. Helpful (2)

    Depends which division you work in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Speaking from the perspective of the Blood Virus Division in the Seattle area - formally Genetic Systems Corporation which became part of Bio-Rad through yet another acquisition (Bio-Rad has no real scientific talent of its own to speak of). We used to say that it was the people that made it a great place to work - this might still be true. Local management was for the most part committed and approachable, very commendable despite constant pressure from corporate to do more with less and the constant fear that your group would be axed because another group from another acquisition could do it more cheaply.

    Cons

    Bio-Rad corporate does a very good job of making people fear for their jobs just enough that you never get comfortable. Little opportunity for advancement in the current day version of the company. Despite trying to be more nimble technologically, Bio-Rad struggles to keep abreast of advancements in blood testing equipment because they waited for too long to play catch-up (installing testing systems running DOS 6.22 is unheard of anywhere else today). Unless you work for one of the corporate favored divisions (USSD in particular), or are not in upper management, you will not be treated as more than a disposable resource despite your contributions to the company (they recently let go of a long-time employee in local management who made incredible contributions to the company and always put product and people (internal and external) first...these qualities conflicted with producing a cheaper product at faster rates with less questioning of corporate tactics - they expect 'yes' men/women).

    Advice to Management

    none - BioRad management never listened to advice when I was there so I doubt offering any now would be any different.


  7. Helpful (4)

    It varies by Groups

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In the Life Science Group, the scientists and engineers were top-notch. The marketing people were also scientists, many with advanced degrees, and all quite savvy about their domains. Management in my group was outstanding, particularly middle mangement, although the people at the top were mostly very sharp. Bio-Rad is a big ship, and hard to turn, so even poor managers did little to slow the carefully-planned growth for which Bio-Rad is so famed. Industry-standard benefits, and possibly better pay than most places. Communication from top to bottom is pretty good.

    Cons

    Policies are rigidly enforced, which means that nobody has any perks (including upper management, so there's that).
    Lower-echelon people at Bio-Rad tend not to express dissatisfaction. I know there is always some there, but people just try to work around it, and often succeed.
    HR is a bunch of doll-eyed sharks. Some of them are incompetent in the bargain, but not many.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more risky, guys. The world isn't going to bite.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Company cares for its employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stable company that can weather difficult economic times without big layoffs. Management cares for their employees, which is rare in current American corporate culture. Amazing work life balance, albeit very structured hours. If you have a situation with your kids, they understand that you need to attend to them. Bio-Rad prefers to hire from within, so when a position opens up, you have a decent shot.

    Cons

    Bio-Rad is not the fastest moving company and often find project delivery times exceed the competitiveness of the product in development. Few people ever leave the company, so advancement options are dependent on those above you finding another position within the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Old fashioned in a changing world — don't get left behind

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people in a "nice culture'. New management in LSG is finally doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Simple things can take forever to get done. Accounting should be gutted and rebuilt from the bottom up, incompetence and complacency rules the roost. Sr management is too busy trying to save pennies when millions are going down the drain. Get with the times and lead.

    Advice to Management

    You have a strong brand and a rich history spend some money on some PR to get that message out, people care about stuff like that. Even if you don't understand it.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Work here if you have no choice, are just out of school or retiring soon

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, warm and friendly. Great campus and good benefits. Family feel.

    Cons

    Very low skill level, lack of focus. No way to move forward on merit. Management is AMATEUR

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue, division managers are driving the company to the ground. Get a new board, these dirctors are too old.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Yesterday's solutions for tomorrow's challenges

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    Current Employee - Senior Global Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Global Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Regular folk trying their best. Mgmt is approachable. Everything takes so long to get done that there isn't a lot of pressure to be an overachiever.

    Cons

    Trying isn't the same as doing. Most overachievers leave the company frustrated - seeking better pay and a more compelling mission.

    Advice to Management

    Y'all are looking old, tired, and out of shape. Get at least 7 hours of rest every night. Fall asleep with gratitude in your heart. Get up early and exercise for 30 min. DO NOT go to work until you have taken the time to move your body.



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