Roche Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Pros
  • In healthcare work-life balance is an afterthought (in 36 reviews)

  • Good benefits for all Roche employees (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is nonexistent and travel requirements are significantly higher than competitive /peer companies (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. Roche review

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - IT Senior Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    1st biotech company with great resources.

    Cons

    Different divisions (pharma, diagnostics, diabetes care) do not work together.

    Advice to Management

    More collaboration between the different divisions.


  2. Principal Scientist

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative large pharma company in Basel

    Cons

    Frequent changes in the strategy


  3. Toller Arbeitgeber, der hält was er verspricht

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grenzach-Wyhlen (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grenzach-Wyhlen (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Werte werden gelebt - viele Hilfestellungen - Führung als Schlüssel zur Entwicklung - tolle Benefits

    Cons

    - Homeoffice nur teilweise entwickelt

    Advice to Management

    - Führung durch Empowerment und Mentoring weiter ausbauen - Homeoffice-Varianten weiter ausbauen


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  5. Providing support for Finance&Commercial department

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Finance Associate in Belgrade (Serbia)
    Current Intern - Finance Associate in Belgrade (Serbia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working coditions, friendly environment and culture, good chance to improve in further career, the Best background and reference, huge networking.

    Cons

    Communication and changeable environment, the reason that pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest and fact that Roche is in top 3 successful companies.

    Advice to Management

    Be the Best.


  6. Roche internship

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    Current Employee - Intern in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good company to work for. Flexible and realistic working hours, good work-life balance and a nice community of interns.

    Cons

    Language barriers can be difficult


  7. Feedback

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Roche as an intern

    Pros

    It entails the motto: Great Place to Work

    Cons

    I could not think about any cons at the moment


  8. Super

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pipeline, people, right focus areas in terms of business model

    Cons

    Decison making somewhat slow, IT systems need work


  9. General review

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    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent corporate life experience, experienced employees, healthy snacks for free time

    Cons

    I couldn't say any specific negative side of Roche.


  10. Genomic Instrument Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Roche places a heavy emphasis on good work environment.

    Cons

    big company that is sometimes slow to move in regards to changes.


  11. Great people, great science, high integrity

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people with a sense of purpose. I've worked here for more than 20 years in different functions and countries and never once been asked to do something I thought was wrong or unfair. Ownership structure gives senior management freedom to focus on a longer strategic horizon so the direction does not change as abruptly each quarter as I've experienced and still see in other companies.

    Cons

    It's a huge global organisation so some of the internal processes are clunky. A recent internal interview process has taken more than 3 months. Decision making in general is slow and opaque.

    Advice to Management

    There's a layer or two of management just below the top where many pay lip service to some of the values. 360 performance reviews don't work so well in a culture where there is a high value on being nice and polite and managers who focus on managing up tend to thrive at the expense of those who do a god job in leading their teams.



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