Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
153 Reviews
3.3
153 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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  1. 1 person 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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    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.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    How to let process run you into the ground

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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 a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good, friendly work environment.
    Good work/life balance
    Low stress environment

    Cons

    IT Dept. VERY reliant on process for its own sake, not for the sake of doing things better. To many hoops (people). As result things that really need to happen don't and when things break, the process can drag out getting them fixed to an absurd level. Also affects ability to execute.
    There is a very large SAP deployment that has really sucked the life out of the IT department in terms of money, talent, and moral, and shows no sign of coming to completion.
    Some IT middle management is not accountable. They don't work well as a team.
    An inability to show the door to people who don't seem to be concerned about not contributing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CIO doesn't have an IT background and it sometimes shows in the decision-making. She also isn't very well served by a lot of her direct reports. Bringing on someone from the outside she trusts who knows the ropes and isn't afraid to crack the whip could really help.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Rocky

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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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good sense of community. Most people try to do a good job. Some things improved after a big SAP launch.

    Cons

    People want to do a good job, but don't always know how. There is lots of talk about best practices and world class structures , but its just talk. Lots of change has happened and will continue to happen. But its hard for the rank and file to see the benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is an absurd amount of work to do. Either reduce the overall workload or increase the staff level.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its good company to work with.

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work environment to work.
    flexible timing, you can take comp-off for the weekend activities.

    Cons

    Salary is not that good (compared to market)
    Its hard to persuade new technology.
    Some managers are not techy and won't understand how it really works.
    Its really hard to digest the offshore estimation(4 - 10 times more) for the work and how managers blindly accept it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Senior Buyer III  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer III in Hercules, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great management. Strong company and still growing.

    Cons

    Some of the meetings can be unnecessary.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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