Harvard Bioscience Reviews

Updated Oct 21, 2020

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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Bioscience full-time for 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.

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    Harvard Bioscience Response

    March 27, 2017HR Director

    I agree, growth is a priority.

  2. "Once was a great company...."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Bioscience full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were good, provided opportunity to move within

    Cons

    No clear direction provided to employees and always changing expectations

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  3. "Quality is not a priority"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - QC Inspector in Holliston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Bioscience full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Assembler Techs are good team players and work hard

    Cons

    Quality is not something they enforce to the point where they don't have a QC department or worker. I was there for 2 years and things went backwards to they point where they laid-off the Marketing group and QC department is no more. Management is to top heavy for a company that is not trying to keep up with new technology. Engineers have been in the company to long and has lost touch with the modern day technology. Where I worked the employees were great people but there are other people that are in Harvard Bioscience that are have hatred towards the people that wanted to make this place better I know this first hand and nobody from upper management cared or did anything about it which in turn I left before the bottom falls out. I'm sad about the ones I needed to leave behind but there are others that need a reality check to see that everything does not revolve around them …..

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    "Behind the times and sadly, not striving to keep up"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holliston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Bioscience full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    My immediate team was the best!

    Cons

    Frequent layoffs, no performance reviews or raises given, no concept of lean manufacturing or to even strive for on time delivery to customer. MRP system so out of date that it's essentially just a mechanism for stock levels. Sad.

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    "Company in Transition"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Harvard Bioscience full-time

    Pros

    Long standing business with a lot of potential

    Cons

    Lots of change (which is needed) without clearly communicated plans

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    "HBIO"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Bioscience full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot from my manager

    Cons

    Working out how to structure the company with new changes in management

  7. Helpful (5)

    "Sales roles at Harvard Bioscience"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Bioscience full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company has a fairly tight and pleasant in-house culture, at least superficially and has regular informational and call-in meetings. Generally a pleasant and cooperative environment if you don't have to deal with office politics. Benefits, especially medical is pretty good. Nice lunchroom.

    Cons

    Consensus is they are a bit low on the compensation. While engineers are good, the company has an on-going sub-par marketing effort and team. Product management in the US is weak to poor. Customer service is mostly ok. Overall, upper & mid-management has been sub-par. One of the managers got the position via nepotism by the former CEO. Corporate culture has declined in the last few years. Most of the molecular products are me-too with 25 yr old designs priced too high for the market. I've seen disloyalty by company toward good sales reps. Many people left 2018-19.

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  8. "Clerical"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Clerical in Holliston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Harvard Bioscience full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most of the coworkers are team players.

    Cons

    Most of the managers are not team players.

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    Harvard Bioscience Response

    January 8, 2019HR Director

    Sorry to hear that this has been your experience. By necessity, most managers are very hands on in terms of doing the work.

  9. Helpful (6)

    "Company has great potential, but ...."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Bioscience full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great potential with right technical leadership and knowledgeable marketing leadership.

    Cons

    Incompetent top leadership in marketing and engineering directorate at company headquaters.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Technical Buyer"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Buyer in Holliston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Harvard Bioscience full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good people, competitive salary, stable company, competitive benefits, reasonable location,

    Cons

    high turnover, unstable financially, poor at forecasting

    Harvard Bioscience Response

    October 12, 2018HR Director

    Turnover is actually below industry average at about 8% and our finance are in good shape. We do occasionally get forecasts wrong but not by much!

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