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Uneven, Depends on current top management personalities and beliefs which can swing to extremes.

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Former Employee - Research Associate III in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Research Associate III in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Roche

Pros

A long history of a good work environment with good manager support and reasonable expectations and rewards.

Cons

Until recently the positions were stable and changes resulted in reassignment of personnel rather than downsizing. More recently company has taken downsizing as a standard practice which is more inline with other pharmaceutical companies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The handling of the Roche Palo Alto site closure announcement a short time after a site meeting unrolling a new vision and more or less five year plan for the site left management with severely damaged credibility. The loss of stability and long term personnel has/will rob Roch of it's historic uniqueness and depth of employee devotion it once had at cost which cannot be calculated.

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    Is it Roche or is it Genentech? If it is Roche Nutley it is mostly just a construction site.

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Nutley, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Nutley, NJ

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Some good people, some good benefits and a severance package when you get layed-off.
    There are opportunities to be put in a position that no other company would even consider you for, particularly if you are a sycophant.

    Cons

    The company identity in the US is confused and seems to be changing into Genentech, but not quite.
    Most management, at even the highest levels, seems lost at times.
    The Nutley NJ site seems to be destined for continued down sizing and really should be put out of its misery. The medicinal chemistry dept. that brought Valium to market has been turned into a “World Class” joke. This is partly due to new incompetent management who sought guidance from incompetent and narcissistic “retired” management who rose to that level through the attrition of truly talented people.
    Unfortunately this seems to have become standard practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hoffmann-LaRoche was an excellent company and needs to be revitalized, not transformed into Genentech.
    Close the Nutley site completely. It is and will be just an embarrassment.
    New leadership is desperately needed and failed “retired” managers should not be kept around and constantly consulted.
    Finally, settle on a research structure and strategy, fully implement it, and then give it a chance to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very good environment for an intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nutley, NJ

    I worked at Roche

    Pros

    I worked here as an intern and they provided a very good learning experience with many opportunities to talk to leaders in the company.

    Cons

    The company went through some rough times laying people off so unfortunately I was not able to return for another internship. Many people I met who worked there were laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and give more security to those who are working hard in the company. Hire back interns who do a good job.

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