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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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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. "Inside Sales Position"

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

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good health insurance. Respect people with technical background. Nice company perks. Good career start place.

    Cons

    Politics in the middle-level management, but I think it is common in most companies.


  2. "Good place to start."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, reasonable salary, great people

    Cons

    Lack of accountability at many levels, failure to act on the real problems.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability is key at all levels, deadlines are not met, yet no consequences, company suffers, growth slows .

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Great people but slow to innovate on basic things."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture and mission.

    Cons

    Some people are just sitting there waiting for retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Managements lack of innovation and noticing/acknowledging who is working hard and who is not... will make the hard working people leave.


  4. Helpful (11)

    "Ok place to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hercules, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of work. This is challenging to get it done, but it also provides good opportunity to get exposed to different things and learn.

    Cons

    Too much politics, backstabbing culture to get promoted. No chance for advancement if there is no connection to upper management personnel. The good ones end up leaving.

    Advice to Management

    A politics virus deep down in the culture.


  5. "Tech support"

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    Current Employee - Tech Support in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company very stable. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Will make it difficult for you to grown within the company. No loyalty will take an outsider before their own if your trying to advance. They tell you when you hired of all the opportunities their but they don’t exist. Management is incompetent and unprofessional. Pay is awful they will pay you the lowest wage for your position.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to motivate your staff and learn how to manage.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Company review"

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    Former Employee - Master Builder in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Master Builder in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of talented folks to work with

    Cons

    Cheap on wages and salary compensation

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your talent


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Talented people that have good intentions

    Cons

    Slow to change and conservative

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Something for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Old Timer in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Old Timer 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

    Find your niche. There is something for everyone at biorad.
    For the new grad - a great place to learn and stay a year or two. build that resume. Then move on for better pay.
    For the seasoned and skilled - work as hard as you need to achieve your goals.
    For the employees with +10 years - You've demonstrated stability and a solid work record. LinkedIn and Glassdoor are great leads for new challenges
    For the employees with +20 years - You've stayed for a reason. reassess your reason, and reinforce it or make a change. Like biorads focus on profits, you need to think about yourself first. I know many of you have income streams outside of biorad. Drive more Uber hours? More consulting hours? Attend a few more investment seminars and network more? It is up to you and you alone.

    Cons

    A. false collaboration - individuals and groups pushing work and decisions to others because they don;t have time to do the work.
    B. endless bucket of excuses for why actions and events are not performed,
    C. profit focused - culture, employee concerns, staff levels, excessive work load are ignored in the pursuit of sales and margins
    D. Globalization is shaking up departments, functions, and personnel. This disruption will continue for a few more years before stability and a new culture sets itself. Many mid and long term employees are either leaving, or sheltering in place.
    E. Lots of new managers hired in the past year or two to replace those that fled. Some drink the same cool aid as senior managers, others adapt the fake it until you make it strategy, while others deploy the shelter in place method of keeping their head down.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. Nothing you read here will change your methods, make your smarter, or shine a light on topics and concepts you haven't already dismissed. There is nothing to see here.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A company run by family with no business acumen"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Free coffee. Friendly colleagues.

    Cons

    If you care about business results or logical decision making, this company will crush your soul.

    Advice to Management

    Family should bring a professional management team to run the company.


  10. "Good Company"

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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

    Pros

    Benefits are good
    Salary is competitive
    PTO

    Cons

    Cafeteria needs to be better
    Need more work from home options specially bcoz of traffic in bay area

    Advice to Management

    Break silos in your team to get more output from company employees as a whole


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