Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
156 Reviews
3.2
156 Reviews
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Bio-Rad Laboratories President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
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96 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Most managers have never worked anywhere else (in 4 reviews)

  • Decision-making isn't always straightforward; often it's not clear who is responsible or accountable for specific decisions (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a contractor

    Pros

    Great management. Great - team oriented environment!

    Cons

    Hard to believe, but I cannot think of any complaints that I have.

  2.  

    Good stable company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This place is comfortable and stable. They give you good opportunities to work your way up and explore other areas of interest from within the company and management actually care about your career growth.

    Cons

    This place is comfortable and stable. Not a lot of risk taking, not a lot of innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More innovation = more exciting to come to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marcom

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a contractor

    Pros

    Good team, smart people. There is nothing they couldn't accomplish. However their wings were often clipped by bad management decisions.

    Cons

    The management. Does not support their team.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work and good people to work with. Stable and strong company.

    Cons

    Watch out for those occasional big lay-offs when things get tight. No loyalty to even the long time employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent Company, Sales Division Needs Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits. Diverse product line, name-brand recognition, products often sell themselves.

    Cons

    Capricious, reactionary management at the RM level and above. Price cuts below reasonable levels which ultimately gives reps little room to negotiate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has already begun to make changes to the old guard. Time will tell if these changes will pull the company out of the red. Coaching should be a tool to help reps be more successful, not an excuse to bully others into submission for cathartic purposes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great twenty years at Bio-Rad.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Leardership  in  Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Leardership in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Tremendous stability and culture, considering the family ownership aspect.
    Innovative products and new product pipeline make it appealing to sales and customers.
    Great people that support each other.
    Excellent benefits and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    NIH funding can be an issue for the Life Science Group and all other biotech tool providers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Really cool Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    The company is pretty stable, and the people are generally hard-working. As with any company, there are ways to improve, and I think Bio-Rad is ultimately working towards that goal. I think that if you're truly driven and organized, you can achieve much here.

    Cons

    However, with improvement there are costs. These include more demand on the employees, which, unfortunately, does create a tense atmosphere. There are some poor performers, but it looks as though new policies will seek to either help them improve or let them go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great life - balance work place.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Hercules, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a huge, profitable company. They are conveniently located. They have great benefits and salaries.

    Cons

    Training is more of learn as you go. No two people have the same approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great open work culture....smart people to work with

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

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with. There is an open door policy and people are receptive to new ideas. You will find have opportunity to work with some really smart folks and really learn a lot.

    Cons

    Everyone wants to stay....so the speed to top might be a tad slow, but if you are good they make sure you get ample growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integration of new acquisitions especially making sure they fit in/integrate to the culture of Bio-Rad will be critical in next few years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management and lack of accountability

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    Current Employee - LSG  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - LSG in Hercules, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice location, easy commute. Very low accountability so if you want to come to work just to hang out and chat, or if you are an under-performer with great sales skills (selling up), this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Most managers have never worked anywhere else. Favoritism towards employees that come to Bio-Rad straight out of college and work their way up. This means that those with advanced degrees or significant work experience from other companies are undervalued and get passed over for promotion and the top projects. Conservative and cheap to a fault. Expect you to fly coach around the world and won't allow you to go over your meal per diem by a dollar. Slow to adapt to customer needs and market, which has resulted in significantly poor financial performance in the past few years. No raises, no promotions. Get in line for your promotion behind the six other people in your department that are underpaid. Political environment is the closest thing that I have seen to 8th grade- gossip, backstabbing and overall gross culture. Most of the under-performers get by because they are good at "selling" themselves to upper management. But, management never checks to see if they actually accomplished anything. Also the cafeteria is the worst!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to clean out the upper ranks. Learn from lean methodology and get rid of employees who aren't pulling their weight. Don't expect that getting more people involved will yield a better result. Expect accountability and metrics from everyone. Don't let under-performers get promoted or lead teams. Shut down gossip and don't allow those who shout the loudest to win. The smartest and most productive are not the ones who go around touting their work to anyone who will listen. Create a culture of meritocracy, not political gaming. Get rid of the hierarchy that requires three levels of approval for every decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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