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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.

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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.

    No opinion of CEO
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    All the right pieces, but can't put it all together

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    - Good pay
    - Good overall benefits package
    - Smart people
    - Large company environment (a pro and con)
    - Inept senior leadership in some areas

    Cons

    - Very little recognition of work/life balance. I have noticed others pointing to this as a "pro". Not at all the case in my department so obviously varies by business unit/department. Sr. management used to at least give this lip service, now does not even mention it. In fact was told some time ago that the "expectation" was that everyone should be working at least 50-60 hours/week.
    - Significantly underresourced - both with budget and people - for the things the company wants to accomplish. We move forward with intiaitives that are bound to fail because there is not enough money or time to do them right.
    - Very "old school". Little innovation happening. When innovation or a new approach is proposed, it is like pushing a large boulder up a hill to get understanding and buy-in.
    - Very few opportunities for advancement once you reach a certain level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire in the appropriate areas. You are burning out very good people in the areas you need them most.
    Recognize and appreciate diversity of genders, roles and areas of expertise. Not everyone wants to fit the traditional, stoic company mold of rotation, promotion, rotation, promotion. You may find those that don't "conform" to the old, traditional norm are your most valuable assets.

    No opinion of CEO
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