Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
173 Reviews
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stable company but not a Wall St darling. Will always be here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work-family balance. Decent place to start your career but then you will bump against the glass ceiling where top management wants no change.

    Cons

    Top executives have never worked anywhere else and they aren't moving. But man are their salaries increasing even though sales is not. Lacking direction right now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Business Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, but not technology oriented.

    Cons

    Not competitive salary.
    Management does not understand technology, also even if it is for the goodness of Company they try not to do anything so that their job will be safe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have to put employers interest also in the math.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bio-Rad has exceeded my high expectations as a recent hire.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CORP in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - CORP in Hercules, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -the company is accepting and highly tolerant of employees of all ages and backgrounds
    -senior management is approachable. It is common to see executives of this multibillion dollar company in the same cafeteria as all employees
    -knowing that the skills you bring to the company are making a difference in the world through ground breaking research in all of our company's products

    Cons

    -Can't think of any cons. The workload can be demanding but forming a good relationship with your manager will make the workload much more manageable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity to join the Bio-Rad legacy. I'm one of the youngest additions, but I can see myself being a part of this company for a decade or more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fabulous place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    I go to work happy every day and come home that way. My management is terrific, the pay is great, and the work is stimulating. What else could one ask for? Oh, one more thing--it's a family-controlled company so we never have to worry about being sold off.

    Cons

    Decision-making isn't always straightforward; often it's not clear who is responsible or accountable for specific decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bio-Rad Labs is great place but....has it's fair share of problems.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Not a Senior Staff Scientist but lesser in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Not a Senior Staff Scientist but lesser in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a more or less stable company than others. Good people to work with. Great benefits package. You get a promotion in 6 months at first, then the next is every 5 years or longer. You get exposure to many aspects of R&D, marketing and regulatory affairs if you are in the right groups and is better used as a launch pad in your career.

    Cons

    Feels no longer like a family owned business but is more shareholder oriented since David Schwartz died 3 years ago. They layoff people and projects to make the business grow. Pay is low and promotions are slow (5 years at a time) It is a production based company and has a low emphasis for personal growth. Work-life balance can be skewed. Don't get a laptop. If you do, they will expect more from you. You can easily put in 10-11 hr days and the extra work isn't recognized but then becomes expected. The leadership is stern and confrontational and resistant to new process changes. They are an infantile state of robust design and have no competitive advantage with larger diagnostic companies. You are given a company credit card and you are expected to pay late charges if they don't pay your bill on time even though it isn't your fault. Getting repayment can be a challenge and a huge negative. Get receipts for everything. Management makes you feel bad for taking your personal time off from work from your own account and you must have an explanation to do so, even though policies written encourage you to use your account balance because you have earned it which is highly contradictory between ideals and actions. They lay off 20 year and 39 year seniority personnel right before retirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a high turn over for several reasons and lose your top talent because Bio-Rad HR can be cheap, and management is invasive and disrespectful to people who truly care about the growth of the company. Share what other groups are doing. Less project visibility gives people a sense that management is single sided and secretive. Recognize the amount of time put into the work and worry less about what people produce since projects and priorities change so fast and much it's hard to maintain traction and receive recognition.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hercules, CA

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good people, dedicated workforce,

    Cons

    Leadership is conservative and advancement is contingent upon who you know vs. performance.
    In some groups bully behavior is encouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people, watch for hearing what you want rather than what is actually happenings.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long time employee with a 20+ year view on management evolution.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Current Life Science Group Management is ambitious, competitive, greed driven, and dictatorial. They will grow the business, so there will always be jobs at BRL.

    Cons

    No loyalty for long term employees. Life Science leadership views long term employees (20+ years) as a hindrance to growth,innovation and change. Its like working for the Godfather, but with no loyalty. Now bow your head the kiss the ring. The business will grow, some times at the expense of the employee base.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Change takes time to implement

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Bio-rad is a great place to work. The company's philosophy is family oriented and therefore makes for a lot of care for its people in the benefits and salary that it gives.

    Cons

    Bio-rad is a slow growing company which makes for a stable environment but also means that the budget can be tight for bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice grounds, decent compensation, process-heavy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation
    Good location if you live North

    Cons

    Really process-heavy and beareaucratic - hard to get things done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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