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Bio-Rad Laboratories President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
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  • If you care about business results or logical decision making, this company will crush your soul (in 11 reviews)

  • No chance for advancement if there is no connection to upper management personnel (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful company culture. Brilliant people to work with, driven to make Global impacts with regard to improving the quality of life for humanity.

    Cons

    If you are only about the all mighty dollar. This may not be the place for you. Some "Silo" mentality within the R and D groups. That may be related to the "Driven" personalities of the P.I.'s and scientists.

    Advice to Management

    A Bit more salary might help retain those that are on the fence about making a change. Foster a bit more communication and team building within the development groups.


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Good technology to work on, but bad working enviroment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Developing new technologies, some creative projects to work on

    Cons

    Work load is very heavy. There was a lot of politics. Management only promote people who are good at talking but not doing any work. Usually manager will give all the work to the people who are not very outspoken, and let his or her favorite employee to speak up the data. Plus, there is discrimination against women and minority. Management is hard to communicate. And they are good at REVENGE people. If you say anything different from their thinking, they will either uninvited you to all the meetings or take you off from all high profile projects and just give you labor work to do. Also the management has very strict rule of being " on time", if employee is 5 min late for a meeting, he or she will be given a " bad face" from the manager. However, the manager can be late for 20 or 30 min for a meeting and " no show"! And the management jealous of talents. There was a real case that a former employee solved a technical problem but his solution is not the same as the management's idea, so his work is not acknowledged. His method is used in production but his name can not be mentioned in any internal meetings. No credit at all. If the employee is sick and come to work, the manager usually will give the employee a " you are contiguous and stay away from me" look, which made people felt very disrespectful. It is a place values " politics, sweet talk, flatter your boss" but not " hard working, honesty and being creative" . You will get a lot of negative experience if you work there. If you are not favored, you will be put into the "dog house" most of the time. If you are favored, you will get some chance to speak at internal meetings and get some credits. However, remember no matter you are favored or not, the managers don't care you either way. All the employees are just the tools for the managers to climb up the cooperate ladder. An awful place to work. Also if you are women or minority, don't go there. This company also fire people quite often and most time they won't tell people why those people got fired.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to respect people who work for you first. Don't put " climbing up cooperate ladder" as your primary career goal. Create more trustworthy, honest, friendly working environment. Respect talents. Please don't value good employee as " Submissive and always say "yes" to boss and " respect manager's authority" . Please don't manipulate date to claim credits from upper management. Please value " collaboration between teams" rather than " give hard time to others when they ask for data or ask for resource.

  3. Helpful (11)

    "Chaos leads to wasted efforts and short-term thinking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - The Digital Biology Center - Pleasanton has interesting and challenging work for engineers, programmers, and (computational) biologists
    - Diverse group of friendly people
    - High-tech product line with excellent brand recognition
    - Affordable health care plans
    - Good company core values

    Cons

    - Micromanagement is prevalent
    - Technical people are constantly leaving, often not by choice
    - Inadequate resources ($, people) to get work done leads to lots of required heroism
    - Start-up culture - long hours are expected but not rewarded - poor work/life balance (some groups more than others)
    - Chaotic management frequently leads to lost hard work/effort, a chronic state of emergency, and lack of long-term planning
    - Poor benefits relative to other Bay Area companies in terms of 401k matching and PTO instead of vacation + sick days

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and start investing that energy into better long-term planning


  4. "Senior sap basis administrator"

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    Current Employee - Senior SAP Basis Administrator in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior SAP Basis Administrator in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Bio-rad is a friendly environment with cutting edge products

    Cons

    Its location is far away

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Firmware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly group of people and a professional environment. Interesting integration of technologies (mechanical, optics, electronics, microfluidics). Excellent support for engineers on the product development side due to its leadership.

    Cons

    Fragmented vision for software and firmware led to inefficiencies. Not enough emphasis on firmware/software design and an understanding of how this affects the backend of schedules (this was partly my fault--I should have worked harder to educate management on what this means tangibly). Corporate level tools and support are antiquated (they still use Lotus Notes). Annual bonus was $0 the year our team worked hard to improve the reliability and performance of a key product (bonus goals were not something we could influence).

    Advice to Management

    Try to get a better understanding of software/firmware design and how it is different from simply coding. It doesn't require Jedi robes--there are basic approaches and ways to think about things that do take longer up front but pay off in later stages of development.

    Consider giving some divisions more autonomy to choose their own tools. Like an incubator within the company that can learn new technologies and feed them back to other parts of the company.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than a 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.


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