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Successfull Drug Giant

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Current Employee - Senior Director
Current Employee - Senior Director

I have been working at Roche

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Roche is a very Successful company, compared to all the other pharma corporations out there in the world. the drug pipeline looks promising, espceially with all the Genentech stuff.

Cons

Roche is very bureaucratic and slow moving company. The Swiss culture certainly is visible and most decsions are taken centrally after months of discussions. While top management is OK, the next level of management in the headquarter is of mixed competence. The recent Genentaech announcement is a downer.

Advice to Management

Take a close look at the various levels of management in the organziation in the headquarter. There is a clear lack of inspirational abilities.

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    Closing Roche Palo Alto

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Roche

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The location is great, and the people are great. The last few years there has been an effort to grow organically, and hire new young talent. There used to be a pension, but they discontinued it for new hires. It is one of the biggest pharma companies out there, and they are partnering with many small biotechs to bring exciting new medicines to market. Unfortunately, all of the compounds discovered at Roche (that are not from Basel) get killed the slow death from lack of support, delays and fear of the unknown. There are very few people left in big pharma who actually know what it takes to get drugs on the market.

    Cons

    The Genentech buy out will close my site in Palo Alto. But worse than that, our pipeline is completely inverted, and has been for 5 years. We have more phase 3 and 4's than we have new molecules. That is very costly, and the highest levels of management have not let good molecules go forward due to lack of funds. This will kill the company before 2015.

    Advice to Management

    be careful what you wish for. if you manage to cut your costs and people too much, you will no longer be attractive as a pharma partner because you will be unable to meet delivery timelines. And let's face it, in licensed products make up a big chunk of your pipeline. outsourcing is not the answer you think it is.


  2. Balance of Eurpoean Work Place and American Standards

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    Current Employee - ACCU-CHEK Customer Care Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - ACCU-CHEK Customer Care Associate in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Multiple avenues for upward mobility. Large organization that covers multiple areas of the bio technology industry. Job shadowing is highly recommended for members looking to move to other areas of the business.

    Cons

    Large organization that has too strong of focus on personal perception: rather than professional accomplishment. Working through Adecco, their temporary staffing organization, is almost a requirement for any new member. Adecco's benefits are worse than what an inmate receives in prison.

    Advice to Management

    Look outside of the box.


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