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Still a "Family Company."

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

I worked at Roche

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 ManagementAdvice

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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    Overall, good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Salary is very competitive, although there is no profit sharing opportunities

    Cons

    Travel is very stressfull on my family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More recognition for middle management

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Paycheck: Good. Reward: Not so much.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Nutley, NJ

    I worked at Roche

    Pros

    Large company with plenty of funds available for investment or acquisition. Drugs will receive national and international attention - even if that attention is primarily negative in recent years.

    Cons

    Senior management (NAOC) has very little idea of how to actually run a successful sales organization. They get bogged down in the task-oriented society where everyone at Nutley is busy CYA. I can't believe more heads didn't roll after the horrid way they handled Cera in the United States. Plan B? No, we don't need a Plan B. If Actemra hits a few snags (and why wouldn't it?) plan on Roche NA being significantly smaller in 2010 than it was in 2007.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recycle & replace most members of the NAOC.

    Approves of CEO
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