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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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  1.  

    Balance of positives and negatives. Negative issues are big ones though.

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Training opportunities. International company. Career advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Too much effort required to build relationships and manage stakeholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair, open, honest, transparent, build trust.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Careful not to ruin the incubator of "Roche" success- Genentech

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Director in Nutley, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Nutley, NJ

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Diversity and GLobal presence of its culture

    Cons

    Euro centric work culture and processes;
    Lack of corresponding respect for vast differences in US work culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a belief that ROche is not that different than Genetech
    In fact, ROche is a Euro beauracracy and needs to adapt the success model
    which has worked so successfully for Genentech-it is not luck

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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