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Bio-Rad Laboratories UK Reviews

Updated January 10, 2018
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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. "Good intention, poor application"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RTR Accountant, Treasury in Watford, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - RTR Accountant, Treasury in Watford, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting outsourcing project that brought all the RTR activities from Europe into one location. You have the chance to learn allot, especially from Mariposa consultants.

    Cons

    The management cannot be trusted, the plans and promises are in vain. HR department does not support the employees, as they are supposed to do.

    Advice to Management

    Value and appreciate your employees while they are still within the company, when we are gone, we are gone for good.


  2. "EMEA Accountant"

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    Former Employee - EMEA Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - EMEA Accountant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment, good colleagues, good facilities

    Cons

    No internal communication, no staff motivation

    Advice to Management

    Ensure staff are motivated

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid this dreadful workplace at any cost"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Watford, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Watford, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - They don't care that you are useless at your job, as long as you show up every day and won't voice criticism
    - Free coffee machine
    - Good location for traveling, offices aside main station
    - You are looking for a good way to get that six month sick leave due to burn out? Look no further!

    Cons

    - No work life balance whatsoever
    - Daily fire fighting, contradictory requests regarding what to focus on
    - No concept, no plan, no communication
    - Inefficient processes, that's saying if existing
    - Window-dressing for KPMG
    - Company is going downhill

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff and hire employees with experience. Define processes. Focus on lean processes and reduce bureaucracy. Listen to your employees, who have to manage the mess that's landing on their desks. Stop fighting symptoms, get to the bottom of it and fix it once and for all.


  4. "Good company but slow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kidlington, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kidlington, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - good hardworking people
    - strong ethics

    Cons

    - slow to change, feels outdated at times
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  5. "Good staff. Slow company."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Watford, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Watford, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company culture. Friendly colleagues. Flexible work/life balance. Team play.

    Cons

    Monolith. Business/ marketing nous not up to the times.

    Advice to Management

    Potential to better use employee talent/ resources.


  6. "Steady as she goes..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is a 'steady as she goes' large multinational corporation which presents good products to customers and is working hard to streamline its systems to enhance its service offering

    Cons

    Career progress can be limited - although it does happen. Salaries are not the greatest but pension arrangements are very good.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on breaking down the silo walls to encourage more collaboration between disciplines. You have made a good start with this - keep going.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Stuck in the mud - avoid if you can"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Team in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Service Team in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bio Rad has a large product line and acquire new products/companies regularly, therefore the company is growing, stable, cash rich and well know

    Cons

    The constant growth leads to confusion and inefficiency, there is a reluctance to accept change or move with the times. The management is old, you will find many employees with 20 + years 'experience' at Bio Rad. Generally they have found a niche for themselves and protect it vigorously - therefore the company is stagnant and lacks the ability to become effective or efficient - the only real growth is through acquisition. The opportunity to be creative, progressive or bring in improvements is therefore nearly impossible since you face constant resistance from the 'old school' army. The senior management appear unaware or unable or unwilling to address these issues and therefore the company will never reach its full potential and will trudge on as it has for the last 10 years being another 'me too'.

    Advice to Management

    You need to bring about massive changes if you wish to succeed. Hiring a few 'hot shots' and hoping they improve things will not work. Radical dead wooding is needed. Most of your senior product managers would not survive anywhere else.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "interesting"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bio-Rad Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for internal career development
    dedicated people passionate about what we do

    Cons

    overseas offices are treated like the poor relations with a visible lack of trust from Corporate
    managers not empowered to manage because of the heavy level of control

    Advice to Management

    new blood at the senior staff level needed to bring a new way of thinking, best practice
    devolve decision making responsibility to the lowest reasonable level to become more agile
    trust until that trust is broken


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