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Bio-Rad Laboratories President, CEO, and Director Norman Schwartz
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  • Decision-making isn't always straightforward; often it's not clear who is responsible or accountable for specific decisions (in 10 reviews)

  • disconnect between senior management and other managers/supervisors on how to treat people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Steady as she goes..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Stuck in the mud - avoid if you can"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "interesting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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