Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
155 Reviews
3.3
155 Reviews
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Bio-Rad Laboratories President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance, well-being, safety and employee engagement are actively pursued (in 7 reviews)

  • Solid company financially, good product line up and industry growth is on the horizon (in 5 reviews)


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

  • Top executives have never worked anywhere else and they aren't moving (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 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
  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.  

    Great twenty years at Bio-Rad.

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    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Bio Rad life

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Bio Rad is a stable productive company. Many folks remain until retirement. Promotions are showered on a few and the lean manufacturing perspective is the norm.

    Cons

    The lean manufacturing perspective is excessive with a tendency to ask of employees a theoretic level of production regardless of extenuating circumstance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer a more balanced package across divisions for promotion and salary. The focus on some divisions highlighting insignificant achievements while disregarding the needs and achievements of other divisions leads to employee dissatisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Me-too technology, insular, low accountability

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    Current Employee - R&D Manager  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, some really great people, beautiful campus, decent compenstation

    Cons

    Poor holidays, frugal to a fault

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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