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Updated February 15, 2018
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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. "Business Process Specialist III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Beautiful site to work at

    Cons

    Long distance commute for me


  2. "Embrace it"

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

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Family feel, Reasonable access to Sr. Management, Great benefits, doing something that matters, decisions are not "on the fly".

    Cons

    Hesitant to pull the trigger on key strategic initiatives. There is a feeling that if you keep your head down and just go through the motions that you can "ride it out". Currently not an attractive environment for millenials.

    Advice to Management

    Get aggressive in recruiting the best of the best. Hold people accountable for performance. Some divisions perform much better than others but dont see the rewards at year end.

  3. "Good career starter."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours and good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of training and high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Train more.


  4. "Process Technician"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Process Microfluidic Channels for DNA and RNA research

    Cons

    Company did not stay in Business for to long

    Advice to Management

    I work in Semiconductor business for about 20+ years process all metal devices for cell phone and infra red detctors.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Company has lost sight of employees"

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    Current Employee - Production in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Production in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Shareholder focused. Their Mission is 3 Billion sales. They have their eye on the bottom line. Mindset, rational, justification on actions is that we are growing the business.

    Cons

    Everything is done on the cheap, and often at employee's expense. The biz comes before the employee. Politics rules. Turnover is high, doubled in past few years to 8 or 9 %. HR no longer publishes the #s.

    Advice to Management

    Culture is driving away employees. Turnover rate is on the increase. While you are saving a few dollars now to show YOY improvements often at the expense of employees, you should recognize the cost and impact to the organisation. What if you took those costs, and spent it on improving pay, and total compensation.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Life in Hercules"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have worked at the company for 15 years. I am glad to say I have seen great improvements over the last 10 years. Bio-Rad is adjusting to the new culture and environment of a 2 billion dollar company. The small company, friendly environment is being lost. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you accept change. I try to look on the positive side.

    Cons

    Some days are rough and I wonder why I am still here. I as having more of those days recently.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire manager with people skills not just technical and business knowledge. Your employees are you greatest assets and should be treated as such in all part of the company.


  7. "biorad review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits
    growing company

    Cons

    Secretive leadership and commnication

    Advice to Management

    Open up to employees

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hercules, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable job. Work-life balance. People are smart and helpful.

    Cons

    Conservative, slow moving. Lack the excitement we experience in smaller company.


  9. "Scientist"

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

    Pros

    Very good company. R and D people are friendly and nice. They are always answer your questions whenever you have. This company is very peaceful, it’s so relaxing. The campus is very beautiful, I always find a time walk around the campus.

    Cons

    Projects are challenge, as long as keep connecting with different departments, you will be fine. There are a lot of long term employees, keep asking them questions, they are so nice to treat to you.

    Advice to Management

    Too relaxing, they always take their PTO.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "FSE3"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime that provides compensation when you need money.

    Cons

    Territories without boundaries is the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Tried this, and it didn't work.


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