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Roche Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.7 469 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan

Severin Schwan

(65 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Roche

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosthose that work are wonderful

    Consto much mirco management here

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    great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosmany caring people with a great chance to travel and many potential opportunities for advancement, would recommend to get in if you have the chance

    Conspace of work could be demanding, performance and effort not always measured against background circumstances. Were many uncertain times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company

    Group Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    Proswork/life balance is good. Culture is friendly and benefits are some of the best available.

    ConsThe pace can be slow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Manager

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat work experience, learned a lot, demanding position, great personal growth, great compensation

    ConsI don't have any cons

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Jun 23, 2014

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    Great company to work for

    Research Scientist (Former Employee) Branford, CT

    ProsGood salary, 15 days of holiday, great career possibilities

    ConsRoch has the atmosphere of a big cooperation, slow decision, a lot hirachy ...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IT in the US be wary, good company overall.

    Technology Solution Manager (Former Employee) Nutley, NJ

    ProsGood benefits for all Roche employees.
    Highly competitive salaries with bonus and depending on your level, stock options.
    They do a great job of providing top notch healthcare, dental, 401k matching and so forth.
    They value personal time and all the managers I had were great to work for except one (he is no longer with the company).
    I would still be with the company if they didn't shut down the location I was at.
    Each time I was impacted by a restructured job, I was able to get a 10% retention bonus for my stress (you would get it if you stayed to your end date as well).
    Very good severance package when large groups are impacted.

    ConsI worked for Roche for 14 years and other than the last 5-6 years it was a great company. My advice is if you are working for Roche in the IT area, you are at risk of yearly stress of losing your job due to restructuring and sending jobs around the company/world. In the past 6 years, my job was impacted 4-5 times. I had to either apply for a new job or take a package and leave. All of these were due to OPEX realignment of personnel. Senior management would move head count from one location to another without always understanding what they were doing. The latest push in the US is to send IT to Genentech in CA, Madrid, Spain or back to Basel, Switzerland. The Nutley location was closed down after 100 years of service and the US headquarters shifted to Genentech.

    The merger of Roche and Genentech has not been the smoothest. Each company is still a separate entity and supported by different IT departments.

    Genentech has not experienced the headcount loss experience as of my last day. They are in for a shock once it does. You have to keep in mind that Roche is the typical Swiss based company, and Gene is the typical San Francisco company. They are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Roche is extremely process driven, cost conscious (with regards to IT) and doesn't like to deviate. Gene is agile and flexible with the mentality of "get the work done as quick as possible." They don't let cost act as barrier necessarily. Gene is able to bypass process and make their internal customers happy with rapid turn around times. This is the direction Roche is trying to go but with processes still in the picture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the constant reorganizations. Once we finally get everything working again, there is another change and efficiency is lost again.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Principal Associate (Former Employee) Nutley, NJ

    ProsIt was good when lasted

    ConsNutley site was closed in 2013.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    lab technician

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslow salary and the work is tired

    Consnice job and with many opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company!

    IT Lead Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat group of people; like a family. We had a great team. Ability to expand knowledge. Each day was always different. Good family/work balance.

    ConsCompany downsized. Miss the people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Administrator (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsGreat family/work balance, core cultural beliefs, management support, caring organization. If you're a Roche employee, the benefits and perks are huge.

    ConsAs a contingency employee it is difficult to become a Roche employee and receive their benefits. Some politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf an employee does a good job, don't promote only from within the company. Look more at the qualifications and be fair.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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