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Although not a Bay Area Biotech Star Roche is a satisfying place to work that retains employees.

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Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA

I have been working at Roche

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

Pleasant work environment. Some perks like regular socials and variety of employee social events.

Cons

Management does seem out of touch at times however I've seem much worse at other companies, so really can't complain.

Advice to Management

Strive to be a "Best place to work" to attract new scientists with innovative ideas.

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  1. The paycheck is good, but opportunities for advancement are lacking.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Roche

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The paycheck starts out great and there is support from management to improve your technical abilities. I learned many new techniques and attended several seminars, conferences, and training workshops. There is ample money for lab equipment, travel compensation, and on-campus gatherings.

    Cons

    The hours can be long and the year-end bonuses are not great. Also, some groups are politically charged leading to squabbles and power struggles. The yearly raises are generally equal to inflation and raises are not significantly higher, even when promoted to a new level. Researchers holding a Bachelor's will not be promoted as quickly as PhDs and are significantly less likely to be promoted to management positions.

    Advice to Management

    More employees with a Bachelor's degree should be promoted to upper level positions - nearly all management opportunities are given to PhDs.

  2. Still a "Family Company."

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Scientist in Nutley, NJ

    I worked at Roche

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The Nutley, NJ site of Hoffmann-La Roche is one of the original US sites of the Basel-based pharmaceutical and it still maintains "Family-owned" roots (as compared to Roche sites that became part of the company when purchased or aquired). Roche enjoys including its employees in the success of the company to the end that even non-managment employees are given a bonus based on not only their performance, but the company's as well.

    Senior researchers (PhDs) and junior researchers (BS/MS) are very friendly with each other and often socialize together during breaks (which are almost mandatory) and lunch. And the exchange of knowledge and assistance between all researchers regardless of level is free and friendly.

    Roche's greatest feature is the low occurrence of layoffs. They do happen, but not very often. Roche is a stable place to work.

    Cons

    As with most companies, the only way to advance in the research side of the company beyond your degree is to either step on a lot of toes or transfer to a non-research position (referred to as a lateral promotion). The company will pay your tuition if you wish to get an advanced degree, but you have do it on your own time, and you must get a degree related to your current position (no getting an MBA for the scientists).

    A method for saving money (which is industry-wide) is to outsource many of the jobs to contractors in order to avoid paying for benifits. Roche is guilty of this and it makes those in facilities maintenence very bitter and hard to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Roche needs to concentrate on the company that is has, and avoid purchasing other's intellectual property. And the fear that the company's Chinese startups instills in it's US and European workers is real and should be noted, or Roche will become another victim of low morale in this age of outsourcing.

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