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Bio-Rad Laboratories Reviews

Updated June 16, 2018
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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 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "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. Helpful (2)

    "Cost Accounting Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cost Accounting Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Cost Accounting Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance that takes care of its people.

    Cons

    No cons to think of.


  2. "IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work...
    IT is going through transformation

    Cons

    Folks can be too lazy in some departments
    No work from home pilicies

  3. "biorad"

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

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

    Pros

    working environment is good.
    management team is good,
    global team members.
    timing is flexible.

    Cons

    lot of restructure and firing recently.
    not much growth.
    not much importance to technology.


  4. "Senior Engineer"

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

    I worked at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Stable company. If you do your work you will not lose your job.

    Cons

    Very political. You are lucky if you find a good boss


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stable company going through changes"

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    Current Employee - Washington in Woodinville, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Woodinville, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company has a really good work/life balance and the benefits package is competitive overall. There are lots of opportunities to improve the current process. The product mix also means the company is very stable.

    As a current employee, familiar with some of the issues cited in other reviews, please be aware that those do not reflect my experience and I question the motives of them. The company regularly offers salary adjustments roughly in line with inflation increases, even for average performance employees. The company does err towards equity too much, which can be disappointing for high performers.

    Cons

    There have been too many changes over the past 2-3 years, stabilize for a period of time and let people get adjusted. While some of the changes are needed, some moves seemed short-sighted and others did not go far enough. I don't think these were thought out well enough, so allow people to catch their breath.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on product development and improving existing processes.


  6. "Scientist"

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    • 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


  7. "General"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Hercules, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Hercules, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable growing company, friendly work place

    Cons

    medium challenge, crowd cubicle and lab

  8. "working IT at US headquarters"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -average or better salary
    -health plan and other benefits
    -good work location
    -can avoid commuter traffic

    Cons

    -does not invest in workplace utilities other than conferencing
    -very aggressive or inaccurate timelines for certain projects
    -devalues IT professionals
    -not much fun

    Advice to Management

    interact with employees more


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Lovely Culture"

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    • 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

    I've been here 6 years and can honestly say BR has some of the nicest people I've ever worked with, from interns to high level management, everyone is kind, funny, and has a smile for you. Because it is a large, global company, it can be challenging but who doesn't love a challenge?

    Cons

    Yearly pay increases could have been better. In 5 years, my rent increased by $500 a month but my pay did not - this is the reason I've had to move multiple times and why I am looking at going elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    San Francisco is a challenging environment to keep good people employed when such competitive pay abounds. The rents are ever-increasing, even in previously undesirable, outlier areas, so telecommuting could be very beneficial as well.


  10. "401k match"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice people to work with

    Cons

    No 401k match and bonuses are ridiculously low

    Advice to Management

    Takes forever to be promoted


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