Bio-Rad Labs

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Bio-Rad Labs Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.3 136 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Bio-Rad Labs President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz

Norman Schwartz

(83 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Stable, Conservative Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stable company with long history

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany good products developed over the years.

    ConsMore and more new faces without well aligned experiences.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTalk and consult more often with R&D experts for strategies and new ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for!

    Senior Buyer III (Current Employee) Hercules, CA

    ProsGreat management. Strong company and still growing.

    ConsSome of the meetings can be unnecessary.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Generally positive.

    Sicentist (Former Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsThe pay scale is decent.

    ConsMid-level managers and supervisors are terrible. They have no leadership ability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more scrutiny to mid-level managers. They are horrible.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Based on department

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Hercules, CA

    Prossome great people
    leniency
    flexible
    learning opportunities

    Consolder crowd of employees
    no innovation
    no upward mobility (for this particular dept)
    behind modern technology
    some very difficult people
    every team for themselves (very segregated)
    onboarding process is not very efficient

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management should provide more support in this particular department. The reason why there were so many frustration and loose ends is because the PMO did not provide enough support.

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    IT Mgmt is a Joke

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsTrying to think of one pro but drawing a blank.

    ConsIT Mgmt is good at bullying contractors to avoid making changes to the IT environment. They work very hard at avoiding work and change. The moral of the IT group is very low. The engineers have zero respect for the managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOutsource IT Management until you find someone the engineers respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company heading nowhere

    Senior Scientist (Former Employee)

    ProsFor average or below average performer, there are lot of opportunities. Company promoted personnel based on how can a people talk rather than can do.
    Team workers usually are fine.
    Benefit is not bad.

    ConsInnovative thinking is not welcome. Company keep repeating strategies that has been proven not work
     A lots of politics in a public company.
    Company is doing nothing to fix reoccurred issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to get more close look to what really happen in the market

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I have many years working in Clinical Diagnostics Manufacturing in Hercules, Ca.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerally an Ethical place to work.
    Clean environment
    Air-conditioning
    Challenging work
    Many project to accomplish
    Autonomy

    ConsHigh degree of Management confusion and CYA
    Hot head managers.
    Dictatorial leadership style has come into vogue.
    At times worker moral can be very low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat people with respect, then they will respect you and get behind any vision you have. Make the effort to bring out the best in those you lead. Take responsibility for your ineffective managerial style instead of blame shifting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Operations (Current Employee) Hercules, CA

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

    ConsTop 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Do nothing culture

    Finance Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsWell intentioned people, pleasant office environment.

    ConsDecisions made by few have resulted in micro managing, do nothing culture where there is little initiative or out of the box thinking. To get into this decision club you must be with the company for a very long time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house of those who have been around too long who just want to maintain their comfortable life rather than further the interests of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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