Bio-Rad Labs

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Bio-Rad Labs Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
142 Reviews

3.2
142 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  

    If your only goal at work is getting a paycheck this can be a place for you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I have heard that this company was loyal to employees and there was reasonable job security compared to other biotech companies. However, this is changing now. Nonetheless, good place to start after graduation to get some industrial experience. Pretty good work life balance.

    Cons

    My review is strictly about the clinical diagnostics, since I do not have experience in other divisions. Top heavy company. There is very little possibility to moving up. Though part of the employee benefit is educational assistance, they pretty much do not approve any of your request, if it was not directly applicable to your CURRENT position. And of course you would not be in that position if you do not have already the necessarily education to do the job. There is no career development, everyone does the same job, regardless of education level, and even if you move up it doesn't mean you get more responsibility. The job itself is very repetitive, they always fall back to the good old ways, and management is not open to new ideas. If you are a hard core scientist do not even think about working here, you will be frustrated how things are done.
    Right now it feels like there is no direction, the company is loosing money, they lay-off people and it does not seems like there is an idea how to make progress. Solutions seems to be "band-aid" like.
    Lots of politics and favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead before making decisions and ask the opinion of people who can make the difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Nice company to work for.

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Compensation is higher than most. Management has listened to employee suggestions for improvements and has actually taken action to implement changes. Quite refreshing.

    Cons

    Can't really complain. All companies can make improvements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at pushing the company forward with new ideas and technologies. Don't continue to keep certain procedures just because that's the way it's always been done. Continue to value employee feedback and use it to make positive changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Interpersonal skills a must

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Hercules, CA

    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
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  5.  

    City of Mean

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, bonuses. Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Folks are old and mean
    New ideas aren't welcome
    Some managers are tyrants
    Different groups aren't encouraged to work together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire more 20's and 30's folks to change the stale culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Marketing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, and great team company

    Cons

    Very passive decision making that makes too safe of decisions

  7.  

    Bio rad

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    Current Employee - Regulatory  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regulatory in San Francisco, CA

    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
  8.  

    good solid company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Waltham, MA

    Pros

    good working culture, friendly, satisfying work life balance, compensation is satisfactory and company is highly profitable

    Cons

    fear of layoffs, site transfers, closures. but that is everywhere., nature of the business itself

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good conservative company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Hercules, CA

    Pros

    solid, steady conservative company that doesn't change very quickly, but is focused on slow growth, family-like atmosphere

    Cons

    slow to react to changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    unify divisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Buyer

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer  in  Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Hercules, CA

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Redwood trees everywhere on the outside of the buildings. Location in situated above San Pablo Bay.

    Cons

    Bio-Rad management is trying to create fear in their work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have middle management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A rare company where you feel like family

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist

    Pros

    Emphasis on producing quality products, integrity, honesty, good customer support

    Cons

    At this time there are none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to embrace a little change faster

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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