Bio-Rad, Inc. Employee Reviews

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Fun work environment with possibility for advancement
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  Benicia, CANovember 28, 2016
When I first started working at Bio-Rad, the position needed someone to help aliquot specimens. By the end of my 12 month stay, I had learned to operate the Bioplex 2200™ immunoanalyzer and complete FDA certified tasks throughout the lab. I am thankful for the experience I gained at Bio-Rad and the friendly co-workers to whom have helped me grow in my career.
Pros
Friendly management, co-workers
Cons
Heavy lifting
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Great teams, good products, work-life balance is very manageable.
Sr.Salesforce Consultant (Current Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAOctober 18, 2016
Good benefits. Almost everyone is helpful, friendly and professional. It is a good place to learn as much as you can.
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Can be a great place to work but it depends on the team you work with.
Technical Writer (Former Employee) –  Hercules, CAJune 21, 2016
Bio-Rad has great products! The job I had was very interesting.

I felt that management needed some training in leadership. Meetings were chaotic and a waste of time. Some managers had problems with giving clear information and helpful feedback.

So, your satisfaction working at Bio-Rad depends on what team you work with.
Pros
Very intersting product. Intellectually stimulating.
Cons
Poor leadership on some teams
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Not a Fun Place to work.
Accountant (Former Employee) –  Hercules, CAApril 20, 2016
The co. has been on SAP for about a year. There is no one in the accounting department that can train you. So your on your own.

Management does not interact with the employees unless something goes wrong.

Co-workers are distant with limited communication.

Because the accounting process is very antiquated, you find yourself working very late hours during accounting close.

Most enjoyable part of the day is when you can walk out of there and go home.
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Small lunch room, no showers, no activities
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unpredictable work environments and work times
Senior Field Service Engineer (Current Employee) –  Hercules, CAApril 18, 2016
good place to work if you like uncertain work hours.long days and expected to work into AM hoursxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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Good place to start a career in Bio-tech
Lead Material Handler - Production Technician (Former Employee) –  Hercules, CAApril 5, 2016
This was a good place to work for. Typical production procedure on a daily basis. The people here were great to work with. This is a place where you will learn to work along with others as a team and build the communication skills needed to succeed in any job setting.
Pros
Typical work environment
Cons
Short staffed... work piles up in some areas creating a bottleneck on work flow
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Life Science Dept Supervisor need more knowledge at work area
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Hercules, CAMarch 14, 2016
Life Science Dept/Management, Some people bulleyed and descriminate fellow co-workers, Expectation unrealistic, Unsupportive Supervisor he listens to people that gossip. (Current Employee), Hercules, CA – March 14, 2015
Once owner passed after my some year being employed there the company then CHANGED.
Now Corp cut throat, employees are numbers no longer personal family orientated place to work. Used to be voted best place to work in the bay, not now. Very sad as I had a career that I loved to get up and go to work and love the people and business. I never thought I would want to leave. Life Science Dept has a bad habit when it comes to product and how they used hazardous chemicals. The lead cannot really do their job due to non proper handling or training about chemicals. So workers are messing up those products which in fact that needs to be properly handle for the safety of the human beings. Not recommended to customers whose buying products.
Pros
Bad
Cons
Unsupported
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good benefits
Technical Support Representative (Current Employee) –  Irvine, CAFebruary 26, 2016
Good benefits and healthcare
SAP ready
Friendly co-workers
On site cafeteria
stock benefits
Employee discounts offered
Pros
good benefits
Cons
short breaks
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Good place to work.
Senior Business Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  Hercules, CAJanuary 31, 2016
I enjoyed it because it was a smaller company environment than other places I had worked. It was still family owned and ran.
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Great Location
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Hercules, CADecember 28, 2015
Bio-rad is located in Hercules Ca which is an excellent location, away from San Jose and San Francisco.

Very Difficult to get a promotion or move up the ladder.
When you do get a promotion, very difficult to get an increase in pay.
Pros
Location
Cons
Company pays way below market Salaries.
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Great/bad management
Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Hercules, CADecember 25, 2015
Working culture is conservative
Quality Engineer (Current Employee), Hercules, CA – March 5, 2015
My working in Bio-Rad is great/bad experience. Since I focus on continuous improvement projects, risk management and building up quality system, I experienced obstacles. Too much politics and people are too used to their current environment. NO body wants to make any change.
Pros
Poorly mgt
Cons
Bad habits @life science
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Great Environment
Chemist I (Current Employee) –  Irvine, CANovember 25, 2015
Great company to work for, I love the culture at Bio-Rad. Very people centric. We have a onsite cafeteria and yoga during lunch. Management is very focused on employee participation to encourage a 'family' culture. One of the best place to work for and build your career.
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Professional, team oriented
Financial Analyst, Aerotek Contract (Former Employee) –  Hercules, CAOctober 14, 2015
Enjoyed going to work, each morning. Productive, professional, pleasant. Great management with FP&A and IT departments. Hoping to be called, again, next time they need a contractor.
Pros
Great organization, overall
Cons
Contract employment
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Bio-Rad Review
Tech Associate III (Current Employee) –  Irvine, CASeptember 22, 2015
Fun work place with supportive management. Not all about the numbers but how you personally grow and develop. Decent amount of red tape and politics, but this is expected of a big company.
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OK company, just stay away from Irvine, QSD division
Technical specialist (Current Employee) –  irvineSeptember 1, 2015
if you work at Irvine QSD you are either good friends upper management or employees that have been there for a longer time will make you suffer. In other words, You have to be part of the club in order to do well. This hurts morale and drives good people away. Ask about turnover rates before you sign the offer letter.
Bio-Rad does a very good job of making people fear for their jobs just enough that you never get comfortable. Everyone is always scared, Little opportunity for advancement. Employees are highly cliquey which breeds high drama and gossip most of the time. Most overachievers do leave the company frustrated - seeking better pay .
Pros
good benefits
Cons
micromanagers, no growth
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Productive and fun workplace with great people
A/P Specialist (Former Employee) –  Irvine caAugust 3, 2015
I quickly learned how to adapt in a results-driven environment. Every single employee is willing to help and extend their expertise. Even as the company expands rapidly, the atmosphere is fun and exciting. I was very sad to know that this position was never permanent.
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Good Place to work
Senior Global IT Manager (Current Employee) –  Hercules, CAJuly 15, 2015
Good Place to work. Work and personal life balance. Overall, Nice place to work. Company located in East Bay. Not a desire location to leave.
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Great people to work with
Packaging Lead (Current Employee) –  Hercules, CAJuly 9, 2015
This is a great place to work. The people and culture are very easy going an friendly. Promotions and raises aren't easy to come by but the benefits and stock options are a plus.
Pros
Company BBQ
Cons
Advancement is slow
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Fast paced environment
Technical Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Irvine, CAJune 17, 2015
You are always busy and on your feet. Quest processes a lot of patient samples therefore work has to be performed in a fast an efficient manner. Everybody was very friendly and helpful.
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Lots of Great, Intelligent People/Horrendous Management
Analyst (Former Employee) –  Hercules, CAMay 28, 2015
Bio-Rad has some great things going for it. Great products. Great Customers. Unbeatable location. Fantastic and loyal employees. However, Leadership and management leave a lot to be desired. There is no real vision for the future of the company. Norman, the CEO, who seems like a nice guy, also gives the impression that he doesn't really want to be there. This attitude trickles down through the ranks. To the point that you have some managers who don't want to be there so much, they actually aren not there.

Transparency is nonexistent. Career advancement, forget it. Competitive salaries. Not so much. Bio-Rad suffers from this delusion that it's one of the best places to work in the Bay Area, therefore it feels it needs to off nothing to it's employees to make them happy.

Live/Work balance is there. It is truly a 9-5 to place. More often a 10-4 place. If you go into the parking lot at 6pm, it will be virtually empty. There is no expectation that you work more than 40 hours or on weekends.

If you keep you head down and complete your goals and objectives on time, you can stay there indefinitely. If you actually want to push the envelope, get things done, improve the lives of the customers, this is probably not the place for you.
Pros
Location
Cons
Leadership and Vision
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