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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Bio-Rad Laboratories President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
Norman Schwartz
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  • Decision making can at times be frustratingly slow and the ability to implement change can be stifled by the company structure (in 10 reviews)

  • disconnect between senior management and other managers/supervisors on how to treat people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great company for long term security"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great long term growth and only getting stronger

    Cons

    Very conservative culture, if you like that sort of thing.


  2. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid company with long term growth and security.

    Cons

    Conservative movement in the industry, however if you like that it is not bad because that means security


  3. "Good benefit but older people dominated company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer I in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer I in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company benefit. They give health car insurance, stock matching option, and add up to you 401 K based on company profit. Good company culture, people are willing to help, management dedicated time to invest in employee long term. Laid back company promoting work life balance.

    Cons

    Challenge for international student to enter from HR department. Depending on you skill, expertise, and company's need, your role may grow more than what is being listed at your resume. You may be a lvl 1 worker with lvl 3 job responsibility. It is hard to get into to management by staying in the same department.

    Advice to Management

    To focus on employees annual goal clarification to help clarify goals and objectives. Maintaining periodical review with employee will be appreciated.


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  5. "Senior Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very solid scientists in R&D. Good work/life balance. Always someone to help you out if you speak up. Stock doing well lately. Family owned business, so the CEO Norm really takes his responsibility personally.

    Cons

    OMG, stop being so cheap! If you want to save operating costs, don't cut from journal access/IT infrastructure/Admin support. Those things make a well-informed, smooth running company, now you're wasting half your FTEs on IT glitches and lack of computing power. Get some pros into your upper and upper middle management, not just promote "nice" people who don't have experience outside of Bio-Rad.

    Advice to Management

    Import real talent in Business Development/marketing and let them do their thing! Have more cultural awareness training, half the time people are not communicating properly. Overhaul marketing, they're headless right now.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Product Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, loyal, and passionate people working for the company.

    Cons

    They have a hard time thinking outside the box and can be a little too corporate.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Better than some places"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family like environment with good work-life balance. Stable company that doesn't take big risks as to avoid laying off staff.

    Cons

    Not competitive with salaries and lagging in technology and advancements. Values low cost over quality and innovation. Needs new blood in the organization vs the old timers that do things 'the way they've always been done'.

    Advice to Management

    Cash out, sell off and retire already!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Production Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Multi National Friendly Environment new things to learn

    Cons

    Nothing Much Business is at the downside and more laying off is coming up


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Inside Sales Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teammates - almost like family despite having terrible managers running the team. Commute is opposite of traffic. Nice restrooms. Great parking. Nice campus to walk around. Awesome holiday parties.

    Cons

    No WFH option. 401k could be better. Managers are never around. Dress code. Matin Luther King's birthday is not considered a holiday.

    Advice to Management

    Management seems very inexperienced and lack any direction. Rather than talking down to your team or talking about team members to other team members, why not build them up and be transparent with them as a group? Be fair to your team. If you're able to work from home, let your entire team have that option as well. When your team close sizable deals, perhaps give them a little bit more recognition. Also, when a team member is looking to grow with the company, do not take it as a threat. Help them grow by pointing them in the right direction instead of "dissolving" their positions and placing them on the lowest end of the totem pole in other departments.

    As far as working with other departments like Marketing, Tech Support, Customer Care, Recruiting, etc... try leaving your personal opinions/feelings about the managers running those teams at home. Your whole team does not need to know why you are not willing to work with these departments. Just because you simply don't 'like' the managers should not be a reason why we can not work in harmony with them. Your lack of willingness to work with them is the reason why their is no improvement in some of them team's process. Keep it professional!


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None to give, other that to keep looking.

    Cons

    Worked in the Customer Care Division. Incompetent management Upper and Mid level. Petty, unprofessional ,back stabling caustic environment.A lot of nepotism. You would swear that Hitler was running the place.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in professional people to manage that know how to work with people.That may help to make the environment more pleasant. Get ride of the negative people that run the department based on fear and the feeling that big brother is always watching. That type of management style doesn't bring about positive results.


  11. Helpful (14)

    "If you want to work at a place that will suck the life out of your soul, this is it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodinville, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of pros if you can kiss everyones hind end enough to work your way up. But if your just an honest hard working guy you will never get anywhere at this place.

    Cons

    Don't ever come to work here if you ever expect to be respected for your hard work because you will never get respect. You will never get a promotion. You will never get a vacation without being expected to take your work laptop and phone with you. If you are forced to travel you will fly in the most uncomfortable, cheapest possible way and stay in the cheapest possible hotels room all the while the travel department acts like you are being rewarded somehow by being "allowed" to travel to some exotic dirt bag of a city.

    Management will never have your back and are never there to support you. What they will do is watch everything you do like big brother is watching, just waiting to find something to use against you. Especially stay way way way far away from the HR department.

    You will grow old waiting for a promotion or waiting for a raise. They have run the business into the ground so much that they haven't even given raises for the past 3 years but they tell you that you are lucky to have your job because you haven't been layed off. Then they will lay off dedicated employees who have given them the past 15 years of their life.

    They will completely break your spirit and demoralize you and run company morale into the ground and then have management meetings trying to figure out why morale is so low.

    They pretend to be concerned about quality and then they will promote someone to management who has a proven track record of not caring one spit about quality. Then they will have management meetings trying to figure out why they are loosing business.

    If you don't go to the company Christmas party or you don't want to talk about your personal life you will be seen as anti-social or anti-company.

    Seriously if you have any self-respect at all do not come to work here because you will lose any self-respect you ever had. They will suck out your soul. Then you will need years of therapy just to recover from working here.

    Advice to Management

    Why would I give any advice for management, they wouldn't even pretend to care if I did.


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