Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Bio-Rad Laboratories President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
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Pros
  • It's an excellent place if you have a family and want some good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Solid company financially, good product line up and industry growth is on the horizon (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Top executives have never worked anywhere else and they aren't moving (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. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to work for. I have been working here for 25 years.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer/Planner in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer/Planner in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bio-Rad is a very stable organization that treats their employees very good. The view of the bay is wonderful. The work life balance is great. They are very slow to taking risks, this can be a good thing as the company is doing very well financially because of this.

    Cons

    Bio-Rad is very slow to change. Management decisions are very slow. Progress is slow. Chances are not taken when they should be. Management does not always follow the processes and guidelines and non-management employees are left to clean up the messes that are left by the out going managers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees under them, when they see things that should not be going on and bring it to your attention do something about it. Even if it means to irritate or upset another manager.


  2. Good people, slow management.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Generally friendly atmosphere and hard-working colleagues. Good benefits, especially 401K and vacation time, and managers are willing to help you set a schedule that works for you (at least in marketing).

    Cons

    Management moves at a glacial pace. Fair amount of "this is the way we've always done things and we're sticking with it" despite obvious and easy improvements that could be made to business processes.

    Advice to Management

    Improve opportunities for career development and training (especially during on-boarding of new employees, who are essentially left to figure things out for themselves in an ad hoc manner at the moment).


  3. Instrument Assembler/Materials Handler

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    Former Employee - Packer in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Packer in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy work assignments and exciting subjects to work on.

    Cons

    Changing titles of employment without telling employee. Loading jobs at the minute to be finished. No wage increase for three years. Showing cultural preference.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. A good company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is pretty good and the opportunity for professional development is excellent. The scientists and engineers are top notch. Benefits are the industry standard. They take good care of their employees and are customer focused.

    Cons

    Decision making can at times be frustratingly slow and the ability to implement change can be stifled by the company structure.

    Advice to Management

    Don't shy away from taking some risks.


  6. Sr. Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very talented people around and nice comfortable place to work.

    Cons

    Bad management, bad time managements and overall not enough requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the people who are not desired to be in that position.


  7. good place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    not too much pressure for me

    Cons

    some times it is too slow


  8. Great People

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best thing about Bio-Rad is the people

    Cons

    Understaffed in many key positions

    Advice to Management

    Look closer at moral


  9. General

    Current Employee - Senior Staff Business Systems Analyst in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Business Systems Analyst in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance . It is working like a government office. No accountability for you on anything that happens in the project

    Cons

    No Innovation . Leadership team just drag things. repetitive process. you will not learn anything

    Advice to Management

    Act Fast


  10. Helpful (1)

    Global ERP implementation

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Consultant in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Solution Consultant in Hercules, CA

    Pros

    Great people, open, problem solving based environment

    Cons

    Long hrs, no thought to ergonomics, very bad people mangers who put the Project above all else.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let lone wolf managers disrespect your people, or let a poorly run ERP implementation run the company sideways. Bio-Rad has a great market and history- regain control!


  11. Senior Product Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent environment to work in. Friendly people

    Cons

    Work can get a little repititive



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