Bio-Rad Laboratories

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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
161 Reviews
3.3
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    Insurance benefits for entire family, suburban locations, easy reverse commute, clean, comfortable offices, nice campus.

    Cons

    Inept management, penny pinching, cliquish , old school management, no flexibility . Not a happy environment, no gym, or perks. Top down management, no openness to innovation. Just work. I never worked anywhere where people complained about their jobs this much and yet didn't quit and find a better job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some new blood in management, too many have been there too long and don't know how to do things better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 an 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
  6.  

    Nice grounds, decent compensation, process-heavy

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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 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    dynamic biotech company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fas in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Fas in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    opportunity to move up
    Stable working condition
    nice team work

    Cons

    relatively less innovative
    relatively conservative
    habit of promote losers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Old-School company in the burbs

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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 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, easy commute if you live in the east bay, pretty comfortable work environment. It's an excellent place if you have a family and want some good work/life balance. Commute is mostly opposite most people so that's nice. If you live in the city there's a direct bus with internet. Seems like a stable safe environment.

    Cons

    The company is old school which makes it comfortable but makes growth potential seem limited. Management seems to be white men and workers all seem to be non-white. Not saying any racism exists just that it's just weird and noticeable. Don't have a Christmas party but a holiday party in the new year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try mixing up upper management. Why are the leaders all white men and 98% of the workers are non-white.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    awful place to work- CSD senior management inept - fear for your job work place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Hercules, CA

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

    Pros

    people, comumute and location for east bay workers

    Cons

    management operations and purchasing manager deride through fear tactics. especially those in operations at the CSD plant. Intimidation and insecure personalities; they take no accountability for their failures and mistakes. Be prepared to be blamed for their inept decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your freaking eyes and notice the employee dissatisfaction it is not one of the best places to work in the Bay area, it is a law suit waiting to happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interpersonal skills a must

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

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

    Pros

    Safe working environment. Great manager and co-workers. You can become very successful here but you have to work and be visible to upper management. The benefits are good and the location is a great commute relative to the rest of the Bay Area.

    Cons

    Slow moving. Have to really understand the system and sell up the organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a few more risks not too much but a little more to drive innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Bio rad

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regulatory in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a recognized company with good image. High ethics at least on surface. Well developed products

    Cons

    Too many divisions that are results of Bio Rad buying other companies. Integration is poor.
    Cooperations between sites is poor. Benefits are ok but the increase in salary is very flat. Not developing so many new products. Too much cost cutting. No part time, women slash family friendly policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in R &D and scientificmaffairs as well as in RA. Support clients more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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