Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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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. Comfortable environment, slow personal growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative II in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Representative II in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    very secure, no layoffs, nice people, comfortable atmosphere

    Cons

    if you start in a low position they will not allow you move forward as it's "too big of a jump" from one job class to another. They heavily value length of time employed over value someone brings to company

    Advice to Management

    you are losing great staff every year when your middle management team promotes people who have just been here long but really don't contribute much. It hurts morale and drives people away.

  2. SQA Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

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

    Pros

    Working environment was good, people are nice and easy to work with. Salary + bonus was decent, but not outstanding.

    Cons

    Some senior managers not very knowledgeable and would take credit for work done by employees.

    Advice to Management

    Need to weed out the weak among you and replace with higher quality talent.

  3. Enjoyed working at this family-owned business

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hercules, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a contractor

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

    Pros

    The company has some great products. I enjoyed working with a great team of very smart people.

    Cons

    Growing pains - trying to be more global. Had a budget crunch and many laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire new C-level executives and then fire staff because overpaid execs.

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    General

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, beautiful campus, close commute

    Cons

    Slow moving, demanding, away from excitement

    Advice to Management

    Bring new blood from outside

  6. Helpful (1)

    An excellent place to be a software developer.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere is comfortable. There was a genuine effort at team-building. We always kept on top of software development methods for desktop and embedded applications. The company emphasized training and safety (necessary in a big bio-tech environment).

    Cons

    Some of the drawbacks typical of a large company. A bit slow to upgrade infrastructure. Occasional reshuffling of divisions and priorities.

  7. Excellent company with industry-leading benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Voted one of the Best Places to Eork, this company offers highly automomous roles with rewarding comp packages.

    Cons

    Low rate of turnover, fewer onsite perks than other Bay Area employers.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Engineer

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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

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

    Pros

    Excellent location. New building.
    Nice view of the bay.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted.
    And when you do get promoted, good luck getting a raise in salary.
    HR makes technical decisions on which Engineer to hire instead of Engineering Hiring manager.
    HR is more powerful here than they should be. They should not be forcing decisions on Management.

  9. Great company to work for especially compared to other large life science employers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, great training, stock options; company car

    Cons

    None that I can think of; Everything about Bio-Rad is better and more organized than previous employer.

    Advice to Management

    After working for another large life science employer, Bio-Rad is light years better in how its managed and how it treats employees.

  10. Great Company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Constant improvements, new products, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunities.

  11. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, excellent core company values, career development opportunities

    Cons

    None that I know of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

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