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Roche Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.7 469 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan

Severin Schwan

(65 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Roche has excellent benefits, makes a profit consistently and has a great work life balance(in 32 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry(in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration(in 15 reviews)

  • Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues(in 12 reviews)

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    Great company to work for

    Research Scientist (Former Employee) Branford, CT

    ProsGood salary, 15 days of holiday, great career possibilities

    ConsRoch has the atmosphere of a big cooperation, slow decision, a lot hirachy ...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work if you can tolerate politics and sub-par technology

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe salary, benefits, and people are absolutely fantastic. One of very few organizations that truly believes in their mission and corporate values. People who work in sciences and support truly care about their customers and the patient and will do whatever it takes to deliver the highest quality.

    ConsIn order to move up, you need to be in the right meetings with the right people and say the right things. The technology platforms are old and decisions are made based on what is familiar rather than what is best. Doing your best work doesn't mean anything unless you're likable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet with the times, make decisions that are best for the customer rather than what's comfortable with yourself, and lean on your team members that actually have demonstrated experience and competence.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Consistent Change!

    IT Manager (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsOffice location, majority of people at the company have a true desire to engage and make work more than just a job.

    ConsSenior leaders are too far removed from the operations and day to day activities, especially within the IT organization. There's not enough walking the walk when it comes to people development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen stating that the employees are the greatest asset, show it, don't just say it!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslarge corporate envirment with a lot of opportunities

    Consthere can be a learning curve for someone who is new to the organization

    Advice to Senior Managementno

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    Great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of room for growth

    ConsNothing they treat you great!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IT in the US be wary, good company overall.

    Technology Solution Manager (Former Employee) Nutley, NJ

    ProsGood benefits for all Roche employees.
    Highly competitive salaries with bonus and depending on your level, stock options.
    They do a great job of providing top notch healthcare, dental, 401k matching and so forth.
    They value personal time and all the managers I had were great to work for except one (he is no longer with the company).
    I would still be with the company if they didn't shut down the location I was at.
    Each time I was impacted by a restructured job, I was able to get a 10% retention bonus for my stress (you would get it if you stayed to your end date as well).
    Very good severance package when large groups are impacted.

    ConsI worked for Roche for 14 years and other than the last 5-6 years it was a great company. My advice is if you are working for Roche in the IT area, you are at risk of yearly stress of losing your job due to restructuring and sending jobs around the company/world. In the past 6 years, my job was impacted 4-5 times. I had to either apply for a new job or take a package and leave. All of these were due to OPEX realignment of personnel. Senior management would move head count from one location to another without always understanding what they were doing. The latest push in the US is to send IT to Genentech in CA, Madrid, Spain or back to Basel, Switzerland. The Nutley location was closed down after 100 years of service and the US headquarters shifted to Genentech.

    The merger of Roche and Genentech has not been the smoothest. Each company is still a separate entity and supported by different IT departments.

    Genentech has not experienced the headcount loss experience as of my last day. They are in for a shock once it does. You have to keep in mind that Roche is the typical Swiss based company, and Gene is the typical San Francisco company. They are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Roche is extremely process driven, cost conscious (with regards to IT) and doesn't like to deviate. Gene is agile and flexible with the mentality of "get the work done as quick as possible." They don't let cost act as barrier necessarily. Gene is able to bypass process and make their internal customers happy with rapid turn around times. This is the direction Roche is trying to go but with processes still in the picture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the constant reorganizations. Once we finally get everything working again, there is another change and efficiency is lost again.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Statistical Programming Analyst Intern

    Statistical Programmer Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment. Colleagues are really nice and friendly. People can learn a lot of things regarding to Clinical trial. There are plenty of training for new employee, which are really helpful.

    ConsNeed handle multiple projects in the same time, so it will be a little stressful sometimes. The responsibility is overlap between some department, so it may lead some confusing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good

    Principal Associate (Former Employee) Nutley, NJ

    ProsIt was good when lasted

    ConsNutley site was closed in 2013.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Roche Molecular Systems

    Project Management (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA

    ProsThis is specific to RMS - the Roche Pleasanton location.

    None

    ConsSr. Management is very sleazy and nonstop pathological lying is the culture. They will push subpar/incomplete products out the door only to collect bonus $$ - then spend $$ millions having to redo or correct critical design errors ultimately taking years to correct.

    Work/Life balance is nonexistent and travel requirements are significantly higher than competitive /peer companies.

    Leadership style is "fear" based -- "Lie to customers or be fired" is the SOP

    RMD should be considered an embarrassment to Roche Holdings in terms of integrity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the pathological lying
    Stop pushing products out the door that will fail for the first 3 years or more until fixed or finished

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Something

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA

    ProsGood company to work with

    ConsHard to get in if you don't know any body

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