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Roche Palo Alto - it was good while it lasted

Principal Research Scientist (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

ProsFunctional 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.

ConsTop 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 Senior ManagementMove 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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    good place to start out but don't stay for more than a year or two

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Branchburg, NJ

    I have been working at Roche


    Pros: Wonderful friendships established. The people are what keep you motivated… Cons: Management very secretive about promotions and changes in staffing Little prospects for promotion Benefits package is subpar. 80/20 payment, high out of cost expenses for… Advice to Senior Management: encourage development of employees through trainings inform employees of future… More
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    Director (Current Employee) Nutley, NJ

    I have been working at Roche


    Pros: Stable job, company has been around for a long time. Cons: People stay years and years, move up bcos of seniority.… Advice to Senior Management: Stay connected to what goes on, rather than worrying about… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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