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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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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)

  • Very much old school in this area (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "In-house attorney"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable Company and good products

    Cons

    Traditional work schedule, unsophisticated management

    Advice to Management

    Consider more new ideas


  2. "Tech Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Tech Support hours are strict and dealing with angry customers is draining.

    Advice to Management

    The department needs process improvements implemented in order to retain employees.

  3. "Reliable, stable and professional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bio-Rad is a friendly, no-fuss workplace. Culture is a bit of a snooze, but that can be a good thing if you're looking to be a steady, reliable wheel in the cog. Conservative and cautious. They do throw on some nice employee appreciation fairs and parties-so they actually do make an effort to keep most employees happy. Decent benefits, 401k, stock purchase plan and cares about inclusiveness. Flexible schedules.

    Cons

    Raises are a bit on the smaller side. Also largely dependent on the group you work with and the location you are it. They prefer to load you with more roles and responsibilities before actually promoting you. Bureaucracy and red tape can be a pain. Egos and pride can run rather high at times among some groups.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to worker bees, have our backs and treat us well. When you use the word transparent - you should mean it and not just throw it around because it makes you sound like you care.


  4. "Better Than Expected (Marketing in Hercules, CA)"

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    Current Employee - Science Editor in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Science Editor in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are welcoming, capable, and understanding.
    The company is currently actively exploring ways to be relevant and grow, which is valuable in a company this old.
    They have remarkable stability and job security.
    Many people have been here for 10+ years, which means they're experienced and trusted.
    Pretty good benefits. Decent health options. Decent PTO. 401(k) is better than expected (profit share, not match). And they encourage stock purchasing; their stock does pretty well.

    The Hercules campus is gorgeous(!) and overlooks San Pablo Bay. They actively encourage work/life balance here.

    Some reviews complain about nepotism, because the son of the founder is the CEO. He did work his way through the ranks, is thought of highly, and is approachable.

    Cons

    In some places, it seems that they could use more people. Many employees have to wear more than one hat and take on new roles as the company grows. Not everyone likes that.
    Their campus could use some updating.

    Advice to Management

    Investing in better outreach and recruiting will help mitigate issues that can be solved by a more formidable work force.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment. Nice view of the water

    Cons

    Pay can be higher. Nothing bad


  6. "Individual Contributor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mature company
    Name recognition
    Lots of products on the market
    Interesting history, founders family still involved
    Many long term employees
    Solid employer

    Cons

    Updating systems and culture can be slow and painful

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on those updates


  7. "Feedback"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    proximity technology past challenge tools

    Cons

    project management culture execution delivery pay

  8. Helpful (21)

    "Run!"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative III in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Cafe on campus, Decent Campus, Adequate Parking. Near Safeway, Chase, WestCat Lynx, etc - it's making me write 20 words. This place is a prison!

    Cons

    I wish I could just say my commute since I travel with traffic:

    Sexist supervisors, Incompetent supervisors, absentee Customer Care Manager, overworked phone crew. You only advance here if you know someone who knows someone higher. If you want a job with a bit of stability, don't come here.

    EVERYBODY IS FAKING IT UNTIL THEY MAKE IT!

    Advice to Management

    Look further into your Customer Care Management if you care enough about us. It switched hands before I left and has gone downhill. If LSG is a great division, why would you bring CDG Supervisors who don't care to know anything about our products to Hercules? You have a manager who does not care to show up. They are deceitful, lazy and don't care to show up to work EVER! They put their work onto their employees and take the credit from under them. They rely on interoffice tattletales and pay them extra to keep their mouths shut. I pray over my colleagues daily that they don't give it to the brainwashing your new team is trying to put into place.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company With Lots of Potential"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - 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

    Good benefits and work culture in a growth industry with lots of opportunity and room for improvement.

    Cons

    While the industry is evolving quickly, Bio-Rad is a mature company with fairly entrenched ideas and culture so change can be slow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep heading in the same direction - things are aligning nicely.


  10. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It's a very stable company to work for

    Cons

    Location is not very desirable


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