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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Disapproves of CEO

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    Senseless Heirarchy

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Nutley, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in 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. Nothing to do with capability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay connected to what goes on, rather than worrying about who at what level said/did what. Heirarchy is stiffling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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