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Updated Jun 15, 2014
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan

Severin Schwan

(64 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Roche Molecular Systems

    Project Management (Current Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    ProsThis is specific to RMS - the Roche Pleasanton location.

    None

    ConsSr. Management is very sleazy and nonstop pathological lying is the culture. They will push subpar/incomplete products out the door only to collect bonus $$ - then spend $$ millions having to redo or correct critical design errors ultimately taking years to correct.

    Work/Life balance is nonexistent and travel requirements are significantly higher than competitive /peer companies.

    Leadership style is "fear" based -- "Lie to customers or be fired" is the SOP

    RMD should be considered an embarrassment to Roche Holdings in terms of integrity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the pathological lying
    Stop pushing products out the door that will fail for the first 3 years or more until fixed or finished

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Roche Molecular Senior Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLocated in San Francisco Bay Area

    ConsSenior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues. Most employees are afraid to speak up out of fear. Zero work life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove on and let qualified people take your place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nickeled and dimed and treated with disrespect.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey definitely care about their patients/revenue streams. I mean that in both ways; I'm not trying to be snarky.

    ConsThey are not an honorable firm - they delay payments, argue over previously agreed upon contracts, re-negotiate in order to pay less AND collect on interest. DO NOT CONTRACT WITH ROCHE. Avoid them like the plagues that - to their credit - they are trying to fight.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some oversight and try to correct the bad blood you are creating worldwide.

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    A cut throat political organization, with head bobbing American leaders that are puppets of the Swiss & Germans

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are good training programs and good benefits. There are very nice people in Indianapolis.

    ConsThe highest level of the organization can not be trusted. Reorganizations are endless and have been occuring for several years. Hundreds of people have lost their jobs without ever knowing the real reasons why. Many people throughout the Roche Divisions live in constant fear of losing their jobs.

    When an individual is "re-orged" out, HR will put notes in the employee file such as "not eligible for rehire" - even if the employee was in good standing at the time of the "re-org". In some cases, particularly brutal managers will destroy a person mentally first in hopes that they will quit first - especially if the individual might be up for a severance package if they were to stay and get "re-orged" out instead.

     Individuals in the sales organization have it the toughest. They are the scapegoats for all the Company's woes.

    A root cause of the ruthlessness is the declining business in several of the Divisions and overall inability of the organization to meet profit margins year after year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a soul

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not what it used to be when it was Boehringer Mannheim

    Field Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsThey pay you well and still have some benefits.

    ConsThey pretend to care about you. Management isnt transparent. They have too much politics and favoritism and cliques. The management can think for themselves, have to have consultants to tell them how to do everything and the consultants are worthless too. They never heard of a long term plan to them it is 6 weeks. If you retire, they forget you ever existed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQUIT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very bad regional manger, shocking

    Sales Specialist (Current Employee)
    Kingdom, NY

    ProsGives the impression that its a Greg place to work, however blame culture is high

    ConsBad mangers, HR support very poor

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being bullies!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very disappointing

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
    South San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Good team environment
     - Easy to get to know fellow employees
     - Very employee oriented

    Cons- Poor quality of management
     - Very intricate business processes that change constantly
     - Certain departments are overworked and cannot practically lend needed support

    Advice to Senior Management- Change business processes/culture to make then more user friendly
     - Implement management education/training to improve interaction with employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Line management is a farce. They exist only to belittle employees and discriminate against them.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Nutley, NJ

    ProsFlexible hours. But no trust in employees. If you try to work remotely they will not let you but your managers will do so as they please.

    ConsExpected to work long hours as a salaried employee without additional compensation. But, if you need time for personal matters you have to use vacation time. They treat you like you work on a production line.

    Managers disappear for days without informing their direct reports. Can't be found when needed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo real advice since the Nutley facility is being closed down. Realize you have talented employees that want to do the best but mid-management gets in the way. They are afraid their direct reports might come up with something better than they can.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Is it Roche or is it Genentech? If it is Roche Nutley it is mostly just a construction site.

    Associate Principal Scientist (Current Employee)
    Nutley, NJ

    ProsSome good people, some good benefits and a severance package when you get layed-off.
    There are opportunities to be put in a position that no other company would even consider you for, particularly if you are a sycophant.

    ConsThe company identity in the US is confused and seems to be changing into Genentech, but not quite.
    Most management, at even the highest levels, seems lost at times.
    The Nutley NJ site seems to be destined for continued down sizing and really should be put out of its misery. The medicinal chemistry dept. that brought Valium to market has been turned into a “World Class” joke. This is partly due to new incompetent management who sought guidance from incompetent and narcissistic “retired” management who rose to that level through the attrition of truly talented people.
    Unfortunately this seems to have become standard practice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHoffmann-LaRoche was an excellent company and needs to be revitalized, not transformed into Genentech.
    Close the Nutley site completely. It is and will be just an embarrassment.
    New leadership is desperately needed and failed “retired” managers should not be kept around and constantly consulted.
    Finally, settle on a research structure and strategy, fully implement it, and then give it a chance to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The ongoing re-org

    Service Manager (Current Employee)
    Clifton, CO

    ProsLocated close to NYC
    If you like to travel this is a good place to work
    Salary ranges are high compared to other local companies

    ConsConstant Re-org
    The people that work any besides Switzerland are treating as "red headed step children"
    Forced ranking on reviews
    Documentation heavy
    Very Political

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-org once and get on with making drugs. The constant re-org makes morale low. It's time to start making drugs instead of always planning on change.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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