Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated May 7, 2021

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3.5
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Bio-Rad Laboratories President and CEO Norman Schwartz
Norman Schwartz
357 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work life balance and good work culture(in 67 reviews)

  • "Friendly, development opportunities, good benefits(in 39 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "There's been new efforts made, but still lack of communication from upper management to employees(in 19 reviews)

  • "Slow decision making process usually(in 14 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good company

      Mar 22, 2021 - CPM in Europa, MO
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      Pros

      Good team and good management

      Cons

      no car in that position

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Old-school but decent place to work

      Mar 15, 2021 - Global Manager in Hercules, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good people, decent pay, good benefits, good culture, no ageism here, not a lot of politics, great annual party.

      Cons

      The company seems stuck in the 90's (old furniture, archaic systems, scattered and inefficient org structure). Since they hired a new COO and changed up the Board a few years ago, they seem to be making some improvement ... But this place is still an organizational mess and unnecessarily complicated. They jump over a lot of dollars to pinch a penny. They don't approach anything proactively since they are trying to save a dime... but this costs them big when things go wrong and they need to react. CEO is a really approachable nice guy, but the sense is that his lack of vision and dated outlook are affecting the company's ability to adapt to a changing world.

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Money, Chaotic Environment

      Mar 24, 2021 - IT Manager in Hercules, CA
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      Pros

      Pay is good for the type of work and the location. If you are affiliated with the right people, opportunities are plentiful. If you are not, you should look elsewhere ASAP.

      Cons

      The company has been in a continuous state of reorganization for the past 5+ years with decisions being made and unmade every 6-12 months. The new leadership seems to be solid but the fact that the founding family still has multiple members in roles of consequence cannot be understated in terms of the impact it has on anyone's ability to effect real change.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      A company that no longer values its employees

      Mar 6, 2021 - Sales Representative 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Still some talent that hasn't left, good healthcare and vacation polices, brand recognition, decent products

      Cons

      Executive leadership is out of touch with its employees, company is stuck in the 90's with no valuable culture, innovation, passion or strategy. It is still run like a good ol' boys club. Instead of replacing empoyees that have left, they make others cover for those terrritories with little compensation. National and Global leadership have zero interest in doing the right thing by their employees. Regional managers are powerless in doing right by their direct reports. Compensation is not in line with the industry-especially the commission structure.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Field Service Engineer

      May 7, 2021 - Field Service Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Very stable company. Many employees at this company for decades.

      Cons

      Salary increases average 2.5 percent per year.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good compensation

      Apr 24, 2021 - Scientist in Hercules, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Comparable compensation, organization very supportive to the employees

      Cons

      Slow path and bureaucracy culture

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Not Bad Overall

      Apr 17, 2021 - Buyer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good starting salary. Open door policy to management.

      Cons

      Uncompromising hiring process. Mngmnt won't intervene in the case of a hostile employee or a work overload.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good place to work

      Apr 19, 2021 - Research Associate III in Pleasanton, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly, helpful colleagues Good benefits Good work/life balance

      Cons

      Low pay No equity sharing besides ESPP

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Interesting work

      Apr 11, 2021 - Data Analyst in Hercules, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Interesting work if biotech is the industry you want to work in. Easy going work environment, great management in my experience.

      Cons

      Takes a bit of time to move up.

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Pharma

      Mar 7, 2021 - Senior Systems Administrator in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Loyal to full time employees Laid back and easy to work, stress free

      Cons

      Old school management, Extremely slow to adopt new technology Management have lack of training and are blocks for the most part Higher manager and CIO is over confidence, No room to growth unless you are in the higher management loop

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