Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
173 Reviews
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173 Reviews
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Bio-Rad Laboratories President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent benefits, work/life balance (in 10 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 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leaving a great company....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Hercules, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bio-rad is a generous paying company. You'll work with great people.

    Cons

    Maybe there should be a little more room for innovation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Impossible to move up the ladder for field service engineers unless you are willing to move to California.

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

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

    Pros

    work with a great group of people. pretty good benefit package. not bad work/family balance most of the time.

    Cons

    Pay scale is 10-15k below industry. HR has a performance matrix for field service engineers that makes it virtually impossible to excel. you are punished for not getting to a site within 12 hours even if you are working at another ETC. part availability severely hampers the ability of the engineers to fix machines in a timely manner. Decision making and changes crawl at a snails pace. upper management does things the way they have always been done. you are judged solely on numbers and how they look on paper to upper management. No raise last year for anyone in CDG and not looking good for this year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take some risks. admit when something does not work and find a solution. don't try to make what we have work when we have repeatedly proven it will never work. If pay does not increase there will be a mass exodus of service engineers in the near future! have spoken to many guys looking for another opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Why is it consider the best place to work for in the bay area?!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    meet some of the best people, but they're pretty much gone now. All left for better pay and growth.

    Cons

    No growth, poor management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs more consensus from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Old School, Conservative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Corporate culture is pleasant; but probably different in CDG (Clinical Diag) versus LSG (Life Sci). I worked in LSG. For the most part, people are friendly, polite and genuine. Work-life balance is strong, particularly in the product management side of the business. To be truly successful at BR, you need to manage up effectively, and really develop a strong rapport with your management team. Without clear direction and communication you will be overlooked and face the possibility of making the short list when the frequent lay offs approach. Pro's: Corporate is cautious and extremely risk averse. It's understandable. The corporate acquisitions have been a mixed bag, for each successful one (Digital PCR) there seems to be a poor one. The conservative environment can be a positive thing, If you manage your professional life correctly - you can stay here for years and enjoy modest career growth, with excellent benefits, generous PTO and decent compensation.

    Cons

    Bio-Rad is filled with great people to work with. However there are a few Machiavellian sociopaths that have managed to make their way into middle management. Challenges: if you are thinking about a career here - be aware, although everyone seems to be genuine and on the up and up - don't always assume you are working with someone who has the same goals. Pay attention, and be cautious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CDG is doing well. The only way that you'll make LSG grow is to make acquisitions in growing application areas and extend the technology outside of the LSR realm. And yes, that's risky. But those companies are out there. If you simply maintain the status quo, you will never make the $5B that you are dreaming about! The business category growth and grant funding doesn't support that #. For Corp HR: Consider more 360 reviews. You've got some real issues in-house within the shared services group management. If you don't manage that effectively, it could become a problem.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Accounting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    Good Company to work for

    Cons

    Good benefits and Holiday parties

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not going anywhere fast

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

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very lax, not too organized, Many employees get away with substandard work. People get promoted for mysterious reasons. So you can make it there.

    Cons

    No growth and prospects of growth. All good people left or have been let go because the threaten the calcified "leaders".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your office and go see how bad things are, a company is more than just numbers. Besides you see the trend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Stable, perhaps to a fault

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Very low turn over. Great work life balance (as long as you don't have a long commute). Very structured departments and groups. If you're comfortable with a very stable day-to-day operation with few bumps in the road this may appeal to you. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Many of the Pros can also be considered Cons for the motivated and career-minded. Additionally, this is a very silo-ed organization. You may never work with (or even meet) anyone outside of your operational group. Pay scales are known in the industry to be consistently low across the organization. Politics are to be expected in a large organization - no exceptions here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay will attract stronger candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Surprisingly unorganized for a global company

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    Former Employee - Production Chemist I in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Production Chemist I in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice place to start out. You may have an chance for personal growth. Chance for lateral movement within the company once you are an employee which is great for professional development. Overall company culture is nice. Many events on campus such as BBQs and ice cream socials. Hercules campus is very larger and amazingly gorgeous with trials and a lot of views such as the Bay, bridges, wild turkey, and deer (in the evening). The corporate cafe has a very relaxing atmosphere. It backs to the Bay with indoor and outdoor dining options. Incredible!

    Cons

    First of all, this a typical 8-5 job. Little flexibility so work-life is challenging to manage. The intentions are good but the approach is inconsistent. There is a lot of change going on so no information is reliable. It seems to change on a monthly basis. Department management knows the technical side of the company but some are not very good at the business side. They do not know how to communicate effectively so it wastes a lot of time and resources. Some are not willing to listen to or try others' ideas and approaches even if it is an effective method or approached commonly used by competitors or in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen communication within the management team and down to the workers. It will increase efficiency, save the company time and money, and help the work-life balance. A lot of time is wasted rushing assignments on the front end. Take the time to be organized. The company has a lot to offer but the competitors have better, stronger, and smarter operations logistics. Supervisors and management should understand the technical and business side AND be able to communicate assignments and tasks to others. Some management do not hold themselves accountable for their weaknesses. Blaming others unfairly kills morale and causes great employees to leave to work for competitors. Do not feel threatened by others with strong leadership skills. It is very good for the company. Training should be by a designated lead and NOT a new employee with limited experience in a department or with a method. Bio-Rad's management team is doing way too much so there is no real leadership and makes it feel like a circus. Supervisors should be available for the workers. Lastly, use meetings to accomplish something. Stay focused!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Emotions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hercules, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and a somewhat stable employer during a period of economic turbulence. Founders remain committed to the organizations' sustainability and continue to invest back into the Company to help it grow and / or maintain it's market share. Being in an industry that helps improve the life of others and makes a difference for others feels good.

    Cons

    Business performance is "soft." Long tenure employees including many senior managers have little to no experience outside of Bio-Rad and can be overly risk adverse. This has creates a stable business during recent past but pay and benefits are average at best and the stability of the business can be at risk under new-changing business conditions. The work environment can also feel a bit stifling with clusters of employees at all levels of the organization who are slow to act and that seem afraid or insecure and spend more time and energy trying to protect themselves and their self-interests through passive-aggressive behaviors and management styles that create distrust. Some pockets of the organization are slow-paced and employees seem disinterested and low energy while other areas are working really hard with outdated systems and procedures that don't allow them to work smart instead of hard. HR policies and systems are outdated, feel ascetic and are ineffective. At times, who gets ahead and hired seems to be based more on "who you know" than "what you know" or "what you have really accomplish."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to play in the big league you need to stop thinking like you're still in the little league. Your decision-making process and speed to action needs to improve and be more focused on actual facts and on what is in the best interest of the customer and the organization. Implement HR policies and procedures that are less "top-down focused" and that are more reflective of current-day best-practices including compensation and benefits structures that are more competitive and that reward individuals more on actual business accomplishments. Better prepare and train your managers to be less "top-down" and more effective as leaders.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK, but very corporate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Some nice people though paperwork and bureaucracy reign supreme. Nice opportunities for training right at the company and through sponsored training outside.

    Cons

    Hard to advance, management avoids risk. Not very interesting place to work. Campus is out in the boonies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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