Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews | Glassdoor

Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
493 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.1
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Bio-Rad Laboratories President and CEO Norman Schwartz
Norman Schwartz
250 Ratings

493 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • "The company has a really good work/life balance and the benefits package is competitive overall" (in 45 reviews)

  • "Flexible hours and good benefits" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "No chance for advancement if there is no connection to upper management personnel" (in 12 reviews)

  • "If you care about business results or logical decision making, this company will crush your soul" (in 11 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Bio-Rad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, good people, relatively stable job.

    Cons

    Compensation not very competitive. Lackluster raises that fall behind rate of inflation. No stock options. Work culture and leadership leans toward being too conservative and outdated. Too much red tape to get most things accomplished.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Company is cheap and lives in the dark ages"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved my group and my manager. The day to day work was very interesting and I was encouraged to be innovative. My guess is that had more to do with my direct manager, since the company as a whole is not that way. Two stars only because I actually enjoyed my group. The company as a whole is awful.

    Cons

    Contrary to other reviews, the benefits are pretty mediocre compared to other companies I have worked for as a scientist. Paid holidays were minimal. No sick time separate from regular PTO. Bonus plan is laughable and has nothing to do with your performance. Salaries were on the low side for the region. We didn’t really celebrate successes. Bio-Rad won’t provided lunch for meetings or celebrations. No company sponsored team building. The most surprising thing about being a scientist at a company this large is that they STILL don’t have electronic lab notebooks! HOW?!? It’s 2018! I left because frankly, another company offered me more benefits and a better work environment. Bio-Rad also has a reputation of laying off scientists, so I never would have stayed long term even though I was great at my job. That’s why they have a difficult time retaining talent.

    Advice to Management

    At some point the company has to get with the modern day times and invest in new equipment and technology. Again, HOW do they not have electronic lab notebooks?! How on Earth do they expect to protect their IP or regulatory with handwritten experiments?


  4. "Overall good company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Very considerate and empathetic of the employees
    Good pay
    Good managers

    Cons

    Lack of leadership in top management in IT


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good stable company with good benefits

    Cons

    - Work pressure is too much.
    - The manager/director is really bad, so unprofessional enjoying free benefits and salary, dosen't do anything except to yell on everyone.

    Advice to Management

    It would be best to have a technical manager who is actively contributing to the team.


  6. "Growing pains combining operations good ?"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Finally acting like a big organization

    Cons

    Forgetting how they became successful

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and have a plan not just a vision


  7. "Great resume builder or long term career"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great people, positive work envieonment, very relevant products.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, not much room for raises, old school mentality.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Needs new management in order to succeed"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent compensation. Stable environment. Great coworkers and supportive direct manager. Interesting and challenging projects. Lots of potential for the technology. Tons of parking. Flexibility in work hours.

    Cons

    Tons of politics. Inadequate resources. Inefficient processes. Lack of innovation. No accountability. Dysfunctional culture. Inability to recruit new talent as a result. People push their own agendas, often at the expense of releasing new products on time. Different groups work against each other instead of helping each other succeed. Many employees are checked-out and unmotivated. Most people, across multiple projects, are unhappy and morale is at an all-time low.

    Leadership changes have led to inexperienced and incompetent upper management (director level and above). New management tends to prefer promoting people who say what they want to hear rather than those who actually get work done. Huge turnover as a result, with good talent leaving constantly. Good employees are marginalized when they offer constructive criticism, often to the point where they are forced to leave. Current management often blames old management and former employees for problems, instead of taking responsibility for mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent. Admit that there are problems and be willing to listen to (rather than punish) employees who offer constructive criticism. Reward and respect employees who work hard and deliver on time. Build a culture where people are motivated to succeed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Can be very political"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people at Bio-Rad; the health care benefits are fantastic

    Cons

    It seems like the company is in flux, and politics have taken over quite a bit in the last couple years. There seems to be a great deal of positioning by politics for advancement. Bio-Rad is also a very conservative company in many ways, and reluctant to adapt to new technologies. They have a set way of doing things and there is great organizational inertia that makes change hard. This can be great if you want a stable structure that provides a framework of how to operate. If you prefer a more dynamic environment, however, it can be frustrating.


  10. "Scientist for 2 years"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - 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 stable job. In R and D department, many people are friendly and helpful. Very peaceful company.

    Cons

    No free lunch is not a good thing

    Advice to Management

    Think about provide free lunch for employee


Showing 493 of 534 reviews
Reset Filters