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Harvard Bioscience Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  1. "Great company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Bioscience full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office culture. Employees are made to feel part of the company. Employee stock purchase plan. Quarterly all hands meeting. Summer outing.

    Cons

    Company is still working out its challenges of being separate businesses that need to be consolidated. Growth appears to have stalled.

    Advice to Management

    Speed up IT system consolidation.

    Harvard Bioscience Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – HR Director

    I agree, growth is a priority.


  2. "Inviting Company / Hardworking and Fair"

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

    I have been working at Harvard Bioscience full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been with the company for almost a year and have found it to be refreshing. Everyone from the CEO to the Supervisors treat you with respect. Your valued and reminded that you are part of a team.

    Cons

    The company is constantly changing, evolving and updating systems. As it improves, resources become limited and the employees end up taking on more task than can be managed.

    Advice to Management

    Staffing is key, You have a great group of people working here. Make sure the departments are staffed correctly. Each department can excel and the level of people being burnt out is limited.

    Harvard Bioscience Response

    Nov 1, 2016 – HR Director

    Thanks, it is always a balancing act between appropriate staffing levels and cost controls. We will continue to monitor work levels and respond appropriately.

  3. "modern company, old fashion values"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Bioscience full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good camaraderie within and between department.
    FitBit contests, barbecues, pot luck lunches, holiday parties, summer outings; all go a long way to bring people together.

    Cons

    government funding is king, broader customer base may make sense

    Advice to Management

    keep paying attention to the little things that say "thank you"

    Harvard Bioscience Response

    Oct 17, 2016 – HR Director

    Thank you, we have great employees and the activities mentioned help us to build good morale and rapport.


  4. "Harvard Bioscience"

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Holliston, MA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Holliston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hard working people. Great supervisor. Happy atmosphere.

    Cons

    Manager is lost. This is the most inefficient company. Cross training every one, all the time. Work on receiving, stocking, building, testing, QC of products and more every day! No planning ahead. Procedures are not complete. Parts are not available.

    Advice to Management

    Can you try to figure this out?

    Harvard Bioscience Response

    Aug 25, 2016 – HR Director

    After moving several product lines to Holliston from other facilites, a learning curve was expected. Much progress has been made and will continue.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stear Clear"

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    Former Employee - Annonymus Employee in Holliston, MA
    Former Employee - Annonymus Employee in Holliston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Bioscience full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have some great people working there.

    Cons

    The company is a mess. No one is happy there except maybe upper management. People are dropping like files. One manager worked there for 18 years and suddenly quit. Another had been there for 20 years ...gone ! They only care about the bottom line and not their employees. If you leave they simply replace you. Going downhill fast !

    Advice to Management

    Start respecting your employees. Do you not realize the great employees you are losing everyday ? Wake up .. this company is destined for failure.

    Harvard Bioscience Response

    Sep 6, 2016 – HR Director

    Change is never an easy process and very unsettling for some. We always regret losing long service employees and remain open to their return. I know we have many happy and satisfied employees.


  6. "High Hopes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company is a pile of smaller companies. The companies are still separate and still have there own names like Biocrom and Harvard Apparatus. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    This new company being made from smaller companies is still growing and has many organization issues and communication problems. The management is stuck in the 1950's and refuses to use computer technology to streamline production.

    Advice to Management

    . Please remove the Manager responsible for streamlining the process. All procedures should be available on the network so no one has to search for the procedures. The inventory is not controlled. CONTROLL THE INVENTORY.

    Harvard Bioscience Response

    Aug 25, 2016 – HR Director

    We agree that we can always do a better job of controlling inventory.


  7. "Transitioning Company"

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    Current Employee - N/A in Holliston, MA
    Current Employee - N/A in Holliston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    transitioning company with lots of opportunity.

    Cons

    communication is key to success

    Advice to Management

    more budgets and planning

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Company is a mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Bioscience full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are lazy it's a great place to be.
    Majority of the people that work here are nice people.

    Cons

    They have the notion here if you are 'smart' you can be placed in any position and thrive.
    Middle management should have been replaced. Instead they have been trusted with who to keep here and who to promote. Many of the promotions here were given to the negative community here. A new IT leadership team was brought in and destroyed any notion of IT support that we once had.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop promoting negativity handing out awards and promotions to individuals who are known to slander others. I have watched people get promoted and these are the people that spread rumors and negativity through the company. You really need to talk to the 'little' people to get a true sense of what's going on internally not the people who are making things worse.


  9. "Perfectly Fine"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Graphic Designer in Holliston, MA
    Current Intern - Graphic Designer in Holliston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Bioscience as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice first company to work for even thought I am not even in the science field. Their marketing team is rather small but increasing as the years progress.

    Cons

    Not a lot of communication from the global offices, but that is probably because I am so low on the totem poll rather than the company having issues.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for growth and career development. Former CEO really cared about employees. Great benefits! Ability to do your work without micromanagement.

    Cons

    Some mid level management were a bit egotistical, HR "department" consists of one person and since the former CEO retired, people are afraid of losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the former CEO! New CEO seems really inexperienced.