Bio-Rad Labs Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
145 Reviews

3.2
145 Reviews
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Bio-Rad Labs President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
Norman Schwartz
90 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Really cool Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Labs

    Pros

    The company is pretty stable, and the people are generally hard-working. As with any company, there are ways to improve, and I think Bio-Rad is ultimately working towards that goal. I think that if you're truly driven and organized, you can achieve much here.

    Cons

    However, with improvement there are costs. These include more demand on the employees, which, unfortunately, does create a tense atmosphere. There are some poor performers, but it looks as though new policies will seek to either help them improve or let them go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 Labs 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
  3.  

    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 Labs 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
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  5.  

    Not a bad place but not great either

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. People are friendly and care about the company

    Cons

    poor senior management. Don't understand how to take their company to the next level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Where top-down management never goes out of style

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Labs for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice and smart colleagues. Interesting work. Digital biology business is really cool.

    Cons

    Very, very conservative place. When in doubt, have your question addressed by a secretive group of white men who hand down a verdict (verdict almost always, "let's continue as before") through intermediaries. A flexible workplace...as long as the flexibility is on the part of the employee. Lately, as results have been so-so and people getting fired, an edge of cynicism and fear about the place. Compensation is at the low end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so hidebound and top-down. Not empowering your mid- and lower-level people, always having them undercut by managers who swoop in from above, is breeding complacency and sapping initiative. You have some good people here. Currently they're engaged in various circular firing squads - give them control over their fate and their jobs, and they will deliver! The end-goal of the company seems to be to create SOPs...ummm aren't we a technology company, not a standardization bureau?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Dysfunctional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Woodinville, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Labs full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent benefits, work/life balance. Most employees have families.

    Cons

    As others have stated, very much committed to "the way we've always done it." Certain teams committed to fulfilling one's ego, not to meeting industry standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 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 Labs 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 Labs 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable, Conservative Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Labs full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Stable
    - Very friendly atmosphere where you can walk up to anyone's desk for help
    - People tend to stay at Bio-Rad for years and years
    - Recently, some of the perennially poor performing employees have left. I hope that trend continues

    Cons

    - A manufacturing company that happens to build software, not a software company
    - Lots of unnecessary paperwork in the software world
    - Older average age = this is the way we do things
    - Pay is below industry average
    - Each person is expected to manage too many projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please figure out a better why to eliminate poor performing employees. It seems like Bio-Rad can be a place where somewhere goes to die instead to flourish and grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Stable company with long history

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many good products developed over the years.

    Cons

    More and more new faces without well aligned experiences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk and consult more often with R&D experts for strategies and new ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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