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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

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Recommends
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Roche

  1.  

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

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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
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