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Bio-Rad Labs Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
141 Reviews

3.2
141 Reviews
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Bio-Rad Labs President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Mgmt is a Joke

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Trying to think of one pro but drawing a blank.

    Cons

    IT 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 ManagementAdvice

    Outsource IT Management until you find someone the engineers respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company heading nowhere

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist

    Pros

    For 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.

    Cons

    Innovative 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to get more close look to what really happen in the market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    High 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Operations  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Hercules, CA

    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
  6.  

    Low energy, low motivation culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very stable job and people stay for very long times within the company. There are some great people and the campus is a nice place, right on the water.

    Cons

    The products are not cutting edge and in general the people don't seem very motivated or happy. The culture is very stingy and salaries barely keep up with inflation.

  7.  

    Do nothing culture

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager

    Pros

    Well intentioned people, pleasant office environment.

    Cons

    Decisions 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clean 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the Best Place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent location. Beautiful view of the bay. Good amount of PTO offered.

    Cons

    HR is super cheap. They will nickle and dime you when it comes to raises and promotions.
    It is extremely difficult to grow within the company mainly b/c of HR.
    Even if your manager and your manager's manager agree to give u a raise or a promo, HR can deny you a raise b/c they are cheap. Salary is 15-20% lower than other companies in the bay. At BR there are more Talkers than Doers. People who do the actual work are not as appreciated as people who do the talking. There is no loyalty to people who have been working for more than 10 plus years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be cheap. Invest in your employees and they will pay you back in 10 folds.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    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
  11. 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

    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

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