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Roche Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
560 Reviews
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113 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Roche has excellent benefits, makes a profit consistently and has a great work life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration (in 17 reviews)

  • Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    When a realignment occurs nobody wins!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people affected by the realignment are forced to look elsewhere for employment and some have found greater opportunities! So there is life after Roche!

    Cons

    In the many years I worked at Roche I witnessed the culture change from a family atmosphere to a more in-personable and disingenuous atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The success of every company depends on the success of the employee to implement the strategic plan. Therefore, make a sincere effort to listen to the employee's challenges and try to work a compromise where both parties win.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, good products few oportunities for professional growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Ponce, PR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Ponce, PR

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Very little oportunities to growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using perceptions as a decision maker.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Standard paper-pushing office job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Branchburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Branchburg, NJ

    I worked at Roche full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers and managers were helpful and available, flexible hours, seemed to be room for upward mobility.

    Cons

    Work was rather tedious, office was a cube farm, job did not feel secure (entire departments were sometimes let go/restructured).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technical Manager, Quality Assurance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Manager, QA
    Current Employee - Technical Manager, QA

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Stable company, excellent benefits. Exposure to global organizational operation.

    Cons

    High stressful work environment. Lots of politics. Almost like high school at times where there an in-crowds, want to be's, and the out cast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A clean up is much needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Passionate Employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The scientists who work at Roche are very passionate about the work they do and it's nice to be in that environment. Salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Many policies and directives come from the headquarters in Basel, Switzerland and don't always seem relevant to offices in California. The bureaucracy and length of time it takes for changes to take effect can be frustrating.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    If you want a job as a cog in a machine. Here's one.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    There is great job security here, but not really much room for ambition. If you don't mind doing the same thing until the end of your career than this is a place for you. There are not many leadership opportunities, and those that are come rarely but last for life. In healthcare work-life balance is an afterthought. You must make that a personal goal to achieve for yourself, or else the company will use as much as you give and ask for more. Great benefits though.

    Cons

    The diagnostics division is not generally considered revenue generating, and as such all things are seen in that light. You can only do as good a breaking even so most successes seem muted. The is little room for advancement. You will work with an aging workforce that is waiting for someone to tell them to retire. The company resources in-house are world class, but the field is left to their own devices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care to investigate employee work-life balance. Structure your teams with an equal parts experience, ambition, energy, and knowledge. Question local behaviors and activities and match them with the corporate perks. Take care of the field employees and do not overtly make them feel like an expense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Typical company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Great products, great workers, nice Midwest city.

    Cons

    Lousy managers and management. No pension and benefits have deteriorated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on real performance, not on personal opinion.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Traditional Large Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Communications Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Internal Communications Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was very competitive, the Indianapolis site has many nice facilities, and many employees had been working there for several years. There was a since of loyalty and security with the company.

    Cons

    Everything was very traditional, especially the cubical environment I worked in. It was very much a 'clock in, clock out' culture. The size of the company made it difficult to get things done without going up a fairly sizable chain of command.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should try to engage with employees a bit more. Those I worked with seemed overworked, so it was understandably tough for them to socialize much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Consistent Change!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Office location, majority of people at the company have a true desire to engage and make work more than just a job.

    Cons

    Senior leaders are too far removed from the operations and day to day activities, especially within the IT organization. There's not enough walking the walk when it comes to people development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When stating that the employees are the greatest asset, show it, don't just say it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Something

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Good company to work with

    Cons

    Hard to get in if you don't know any body

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