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Roche Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
519 Reviews
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Passionate Employees

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    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
  2.  

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

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    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Traditional Large Company

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    Former Employee - Internal Communications Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Internal Communications Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche part-time (less than an 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you can tolerate politics and sub-par technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The salary, benefits, and people are absolutely fantastic. One of very few organizations that truly believes in their mission and corporate values. People who work in sciences and support truly care about their customers and the patient and will do whatever it takes to deliver the highest quality.

    Cons

    In order to move up, you need to be in the right meetings with the right people and say the right things. The technology platforms are old and decisions are made based on what is familiar rather than what is best. Doing your best work doesn't mean anything unless you're likable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times, make decisions that are best for the customer rather than what's comfortable with yourself, and lean on your team members that actually have demonstrated experience and competence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Consistent Change!

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    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Something

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    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

  9.  

    A Mid-Field Phama

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Nutley, NJ

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

    Pros

    When science and quality are not impeded by business processes, the daily work environment is challenging and exciting. Operations in the US are transparent, not so in Basel.

    Cons

    C-level executives unable to focus on long term scientific commitments; continuous, ever increasing profit is more important. Headquarters (Basel) will sell you out to achieve profit goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Selling out the Nutley facility and its personnel to placate Genentech was an affront to the dedication demonstrated by the Nutley personnel over the last decade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work but with Quirks

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    Current Employee - Non-Exempt Administration Position
    Current Employee - Non-Exempt Administration Position

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, plenty of flexibility in the work schedule and fosters a team environment. Pay is ok, average. Very good fit with colleagues, more than adequate management communication globally and locally. Global initiatives are met with positive responses from all employees.

    Cons

    Very odd performance review system and, in my experience, inconsistent. Performance is rated on a curve, with an expected number to fall below "meets expectations". Management follows that curve so that a small handful of employees who may have met every expectation throughout the year were assigned below average rating to meet the Roche standard. Also, I have seen a "partially meets expectations" on the compensation review, yet no rating at all entered into the internal HR Portal. Unclear career path for many non-exempt positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) An employee should never receive a less than "meets expectations" rating because of a corporate statistic unless he or she fell short of goals established. I have sat in on review meetings and watched this very unfair process unfold and the managers argued over who to give a lower rating to. Borderline unethical business practice. p.s. for my own review, all that was discussed were shortcomings with NO acknowledgement of achievements. Who does that???
    2) Would recommend the company consider increasing the annual allotment for Tuition Reimbursement, currently capped at $10,000 per year.
    3) Standardize job titles and pay scales throughout the organization, all locations; advantages for training and growth opportunities not provided to equivalent employees at all business units.
    4) Offer mandatory training for all management with a set of standard guidelines for LEADING.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I wanted to love the company but....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent salary; excellent benefits; enjoyed my co-workers; nice work/life balance

    Cons

    Micromanaged by middle management who, a lot of times, did not have a grasp of what was going on within the department. Focused too much "focused feedback" which at times was very critical and not given in a motivating manner. One of their core beliefs is "Speak Up" but speaking up could backfire and have a negative impact on your career. Middle management pretty much wants you to agree with whatever they are saying. Lost focus of the customer in the time I was there. Very behind in technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really look at your middle management...many have not a clue as to what is going on within their departments.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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