Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
181 Reviews
3.1
181 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.  

    I loved working here throughout at various positions

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    Great people, excellent core company values, career development opportunities

    Cons

    None that I know of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Constant improvements, new products, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    Stable company with a lot of growth opportunity

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are below average in my opinion.

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  5.  

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    Products are of high quality. Management is trying to position the company to be a one source solution.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of turn over in the past 2 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very rigid, by the book.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    Great people in the trenches.

    Cons

    Managers are very by the book and rigid. Tight with information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have great assets under your noses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Bio-Rad Laboratories

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Pros

    It is very laid back. The people are very nice and good to work with

    Cons

    The pay is low. Benefits are not great. Human Resources does not negotiate.
    If you travel international, you must fly coach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees a little better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Contract Position

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    Former Contractor - Supply Chain
    Former Contractor - Supply Chain

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a contractor

    Pros

    Bias warning (contract employee)

    Fair treatment of employees. People are nice and easy to get along with. Work-life balance -- people are out of the office by 5.

    Clean and new facilities. Stable and low level of stress on employees.

    Cons

    Seems that the company is not very receptive to change. Constantly hear about slow upward mobility as a trending topic. Talent will look elsewhere, it will sooner or later find out.

    It may be this way due to the products that they deliver. I wasn't with the company long enough to understand the product and market competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate management structure difficulties. Upon doing so, you may find that most management employees won title because of length and not results. If that isn't true then find ways to reward high-performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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