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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated December 5, 2018
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Pros
  • "The company has a really good work/life balance and the benefits package is competitive overall" (in 46 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours and good benefits" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "No chance for advancement if there is no connection to upper management personnel" (in 13 reviews)

  • "No work life balance whatsoever" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really enjoy the majority of my coworkers. Most are humble, friendly, and skilled. They don't over exert you but challenge you to bring your best. Lots of people to learn from, and you're not micromanaged.
    I've been here less than 2 years but have been insulated from any of the politics so far. I imagine there is some in other areas, but hard work generally shows.
    All my managers and superiors have …

    Cons

    Not everyone gets bonuses. I think the way they assess people could be better. Could have some more events, but usually related to your specific group


  2. "Slow, lack of management transparency, need new blood up bring company up to date."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable, beautiful campus, annual holiday party.

    Cons

    Slow, lack of management transparency, need new blood up bring company up to date.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of Transparency from Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are generally good people in the R&D group in Hercules
    Reverse commute from all major areas in the bay
    Free Coffee
    Nice company parties

    Cons

    Management across all the departments don't believe in transparency, which shows a lack of care for employees. There is no pulse report to determine how employees are feeling; which again goes back to my point that the company could care less about it's people.
    Nepotism is a problem. People get promoted based on their individual relationships with their managers, not based on merit.
    HR is pretty useless. They just do what the business tells them, instead of being a voice for the employees. Side note: I remember walking through the HR office one time and these 2 ladies (both work in HR) were SCREAMING at each other!
    Pay is well below market
    PTO days very sparse compared to other tech companies I've worked for
    It's a revolving door in Hercules and recruiting can't keep with hiring, which leads to more work

    Advice to Management

    Over Communicate with your employees. I didn't know until 1 week later that the PRESIDENT of the company left!!! There are other instances of people that mysteriously disappear with no context or explanation behind them. Why keep it a secret? employees get paranoid and always think the exec team is hiding something
    Create a more effective and bias free performance review process to avoid unfair hiring and promotions of people that don't deserve it
    Get with the modern times and stay competitive with pay and benefits. People are leaving because of sub par salary. The biggest trap is to stay with Bio-Rad for many years, even after so many promotions, people are paid on average, 30% below market.


  4. "Steady Eddie Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Steady Company
    Products make a difference to the world

    Cons

    No clearly defined framework for career development


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Regional Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is one of the best place to work, gives full opportunity for professional as well as personal growth. Helps develop employees with continuous training and development also provide healthy atmosphere to express freely.

    Cons

    Flat structure dose not give much opportunity for vertical growth.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Tough company to work for.

    Cons

    No clear vision of the future.


  7. "Great Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have moved all around the company and each move has been positive. I love my boss & I love my team.

    Cons

    Could be slow when it comes to adapting business changes. Training to get caught up to changes can use work.

  8. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly IT staff and very supportive

    Cons

    No company culture/ very conservative and no free lunch


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable employment
    Good benefits
    Mostly good co-workers

    Cons

    Extreme micromanagement
    Very stressful
    Individual initiative is discouraged

    Advice to Management

    The culture of micromanagement has worsened in the past 2 years and has become nearly intolerable. Trust skilled people to do their jobs.


  10. "Chemist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Talented and highly motivated colleagues. Good team environment and support from managers.

    Cons

    Each dept shouldn't only look at their own bottom line but for overall goodness of the company as a whole.

    Advice to Management

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