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Roche Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jan 28, 2014
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67% Approve of the CEO

Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan

Severin Schwan

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Don't come here if you hate layers of process

Medical Director (Former Employee)
Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

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

ProsLots of opportunities, good facilities, lots of people and access to expertise.

ConsOpaque decision making process and many layers of process for even the simplest. Lots of silo mentality and not much entrepreneurial thinking. Open plan throughout and many rules and procedures for everything. Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration.

Advice to Senior ManagementClear out a lot of the middle management holding the organisation back.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great to start with, but last couple of years have seen in decline in staff morale

Sales (Former Employee)

I worked at Roche full-time for more than 8 years

Pros1.Big blue chip company with many global opportunities to move a progress your career across the world.

2. Looks good on your CV.

3. Relatively stable company in a difficult industry.

4. Friendly staff.

5. Good staff training.

6. Nice office facilities.

Cons1. Greater and greater emphasis on centralized processes that lead to edicts from the "Leadership".

2.The point above leads to managers implementing local solutions but framing results to look like they are the great ideas the "Leadership" has been so kind to share and insist we implement.

3. Old ideas are re-badged as new. New bosses never ask if an idea has been tried before. They just assume they have best ideas.

4. "Leadership" that asks for feed back but does not act on it and sidelines personnel who give feedback that does not toe the party line.

5. After a staff survey showed they were heading in the wrong direction for staff satisfaction 3 years ago, latest survey shows they have scored even lower for the same issues raised 3 years ago.

6. Are perceived as arrogant by customers and competitors.

7. They pay less than their competitors

Advice to Senior Management1. You are good at developing talent but you keep losing your best people because you do not respect them and you frustrate them till they have no option but to leave.

2. Your pay is crap. Staff stopped believing in your "industry compensation benchmarks" ages ago. You do not pay as well as your "real" competitors, period. You demand results in the 95th percentile so your pay should reflect that.

3. 7-8 years of sustained growth did not come about by accident. Start to respect the staff you have.

4. It is not a good sign when staff are so indifferent they tell you the "Leadership", face to face that you are doing ok, yet your own survey shows you are sliding further back! It shows your staff are tired of giving feedback that is not acted on.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good salary, poor management

Clinical Project Manager (Former Employee)
Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

I worked at Roche

ProsGood salary and benefits, reasonable ability to maintain work/life balance

ConsVery poor management, particularly in clinical operations. Very low morale due to bizarre resructure which managed to annoy everyone.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive up the day job

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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