Roche Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
476 Reviews

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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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Pros
  • Roche has excellent benefits, makes a profit consistently and has a great work life balance (in 32 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration (in 15 reviews)

  • Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Quality Control

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche

    Pros

    Friendly employees, flexible hours, up to date

    Cons

    Too many cliques with management, No room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more room for growth and be fair to everyone

  2.  

    Once was a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Above average pay for area and good benefits. There are some great people to work with below the management level.

    Cons

    Management in production stinks. Managers moved from pilot to manufacturing don't have a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocrity lies at the bottom of the mainstream

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    Former Employee - Individual Contributor  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Location, benefits and the pay.

    Cons

    Clueless management, lack of direction or leadership and rampant incestuous cronyism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the entire Diabetes Care leadership team. They do nothing but protect their own worthless hides.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Management

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    Former Employee - Sales Management
    Former Employee - Sales Management

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry. A once proud and prosperous brand has been decimated by incompetent leadership

    Cons

    Diabetes care management, from director and above do not have a clue about how to succeed in the industry. Completely incompetent! Run very much like a high school campus, if your are not one of the "cool kids" you are of no value to leadership. Culturally ... they talk, but do not walk the talk. The division is dead and most everyone of value has been severanced or left the organization. MG was either not made aware of what he inherited, or is complacent and expected to oversee the demise of DC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell for whatever you can get or withdraw and leave the market ... Roche Diabetes Care is an embracement in the industry. Old technology with no apparent desire to become a leader again. This company has one foot in the grave. It is unfair to allow the employees to linger in your incompetence and indifference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    My worst job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company is well funded/resourced and very stable (unlikely to get layed-off or fired), and the benefits were pretty good.

    Cons

    The job responsibilities were boring and not challenging, the employee education assistance programs were limited, and much of management was incompetent at managing people, projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not bad, but very dissatisfying

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    Current Employee - R&D Project Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - R&D Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Industry leader on several fronts. Upper management trying to adopt continuous improvement. Very well-educated and professionally knowledgeable employees.

    Cons

    Career advancement is limited. It is a highly hierarchical company and "who you know" often is more important than what your know. Upper management is a bit detached from working realities, and middle management stymies many opportunities for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to better tap the wealth of creativity and knowledgeat the lower levels of the organization. Understand that there is a lot of "smoke and screens" at the middle management level used to protect the status quo. Note also, being in an FDA-regulated environment does not necessitate the burdensome internal bureaucracy that Roche carries - find ways to cut red tape!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Disappointing they did not value the relationship with PDI and the value the contract representatives brought to the org

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    Former Employee - Clinical Sales Representative  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Clinical Sales Representative in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great manager, very helpful recuiter, trainer was very nice.

    My counterpart that worked for the company contracting us was really great. I was lucky to have a good partner. We had the same goal, make sales. She was very supportive,

    Cons

    There was no face to face training. It was fine, just different. The parent company treated us like second class citizens. But if you were lucky enough to be paired up with some good parent company counterparts, the experience was great.

    The health insurance was just ok. But at least we had health insurance.

    Like a lot of PDI contracts we had to use our own cars and the reimbursement was not that great.

    The biggest con was we were not hired on to be full-time reps. We worked on a contract for over two years really getting the word out to the HCPs and the company didn't think we were good enough to be part of their actual organization. If they thought there was a big problem, they should have fixed, retrained, and addressed that issue with the currents reps they had. We were very dedicated to moving their sales forward and in the end it was a slap in the face. Of course, there will always be reps that take advantage of the situation. But as a first time contract worker, I still took my sales and job just as seriously as I did when I was a direct hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees that are dedicated to moving your business forward, contract sales force or direct hires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Exit Right - Losing Talented People

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Medical Benefits are excellent and a great place to work if you want to have kids because you can get 6 months of leave.

    Cons

    You can expect long hours with little reward for the extra effort in PD. You might get a lot of additional responsibility but don't expect additional pay. Management (Director and up) will know they have an issue driven by market conditions, but allow the sales force to be punished financially for the issue and also continue delivering the same criticism of performance, without taking any accountability for their own lack of action. Poor communication, poor operational execution by CPS, lack of leadership at the highest levels of the business unit, etc. People are not rewarded with promotions, in fact people leave and experience far better career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live your own cultural beliefs! At the very least give people a chance to be heard instead of listening to one person or side of an issue and making decisions. That is called "Build Trust" and "Transparency". Be accountable for your own mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work, period.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Research Analyst  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Marketing Research Analyst in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You meet a lot if good-natured people with positive attitudes, but only untill they realize that promised opportunities were just carrots on a stick to get something out of them. In our division there were few people left with more than 8-10 years experience. That seemed to be the point where employees gave up trying to work with management and left. You could see people's demeaner and attitude change the longer the were with us.

    Cons

    They keep the carrot and hit you over the head with the stick. In 6 years with the company I saw lawsuit after lawsuit by employees and vendors. Roche has the attitude that they're too big to lose a lawsuit, so they basically enter into contracts and, after getting what they want, they walk away from their end.

    Most co-workers complain that Management approaches them with promises of promotions if they add extra work and assignments. After the Managers get what they want, there're no promotions.

    Another common practice is that you can't "resign." Many, many ex-employees have found that they can't use Roche as a reference because, when you resign, HR puts "Terminated" on your record. Roche is so paranoid of employees going to the competition or a vendor that they trash your record to keep you from finding another job. This is begging for a class-action lawsuit.

    Each month our department sent an e-mail with the names of employees no longer allowed on the premises and that security should be notified if they were seen. Each month there were at least 3 new names. It got to the point of absurdity. Whether those employees were fired, or resigned and then labeled as having been fired is unclear. But with what we knew of HR's practice of labeling all ex-employees as having been fired, it really crashed moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, you guys seem to have everything in the bag. You're the problem for your employees and you don't care about them.

  11.  

    If you're not in, you're out

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    Current Employee - Field Sales
    Current Employee - Field Sales

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    Leadership is just about trading offices / positions once a year. Very cliquish … if you are not part of the core group, opportunities for promotion are limited. People with 0 or extremely limited background or experience in an area are promoted to director level positions based on social interaction; particularly in DC unit. DC directors and above are clueless or stale, and they are trickling their incompetence down to field management and sales staff. Products are 2 to 3 years behind the industry with little prospect of catching up.

    Cultural values are frequently spoken and seldom lived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean out Indianapolis leadership and start again.

    Stop following the market; buy some advanced technology and actually get it to market in time, or sell off the AC line to someone that can leverage the heritage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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