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Roche Palo Alto - it was good while it lasted

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

I have been working at Roche

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Functional management and colleagues are great. I have worked at Roche for several years and have nothing but respect for most of my scientific colleagues. Projects are varied and interesting - plenty of opportunity to do good science. Compensation is only average in comparison to other companies, but benefits are excellent. Work-life balance is good - lots of company support for employee activities and clubs, at least at the Palo Alto site. Palo Alto stands out locally as a "green" business - a matter of pride for many employees.

Cons

Top company management are good bankers, but not particularly at developing new drugs. Of late, frequent reorganizations have made it difficult to advance compounds in the development portfolio. Several compounds discovered in Palo Alto have been outlicensed and are in clinical trials for other companies, which is very frustrating. Organization is bureaucratic. Employee morale in Palo Alto is not good at the moment due to impending site closure.

Advice to Management

Move as quickly as possible on merger with Genentech. Currently, you have chaos at three sites (Palo Alto, Nutley, and South San Francisco). The sooner this is resolved the better.

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    Great compensation and low morale.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Roche

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation! It is a big company and has name recognition. Palo Alto has a really nice campus.

    Cons

    Unfair/unbalance workload (Depends on the group you are in). Do not have realistic timelines on projects. People are expected to work overtime all the time. At the same time, some other group has no timeline and layback. People get penalized for working hard while some people are getting free rides all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your people and be fair. Please work on morale. People are restless and they are staying for the compensation only. Performance review gets too complicated and calibration does not work well.


  2. Many resources and interesting work. Large company bureacracy is an issue.

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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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great network of scientists who in general are dedicated. Diverse cultural background of employees and interests. Great to be in the Bay Area close to many biotech and technology firms. Many interesting scientific and clinical problems with fairly good resources to explore solutions. Employees are generally happy and non-toxic and there is general cooperation.

    Cons

    Has some long time employees that are in positions of power and not competent or innovative. Basel in particular is a very non-productive, slow, and bureaucratic in their approaches. Very poor mechanisms to deal with bad senior management. Conflict is kept hidden and many back-room deals and negotiations.

    Advice to Management

    Identify and distinguish between the most productive employees and dead weight. Empower employees more and fund and reward more innovation.


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