Roche Reviews in Indianapolis, IN

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
510 Reviews
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Pros
  • Roche has excellent benefits, makes a profit consistently and has a great work life balance (in 36 reviews)

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


Cons
  • They are very inflexible about working from home and there is little work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, hard working employees that know the technology of the business.

    Cons

    Management need to communicate more efficiently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discuss more about leadership, and personal growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Internship was a great experience to learn about the company and also to work on a real project

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The program is well organized , you get to network with other employees and be part of multiple professional development events.

    Cons

    The company in indianapolis does not have many opportunities for interns to continue as full time employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers and supervisors are very helpful and they like to be part of the internship program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid company, solid future, good work-live balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Roche will be around forever. No one will ever buy them because they are just too big!

    Cons

    Because of the innovative products, sometimes sales reps don't earn the same level of commissions as other companies. Salaries are good but for top performing reps the earnings are lack luster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation per deal has declined every year for 6 years running. Your high performing reps will go elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but not a funnel to full-time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great internship experience, depending on your department. Roche has been improving the internship program for a few years now. The pay is pretty good for an internship and they provide housing if you don't live in Indianapolis.

    Cons

    If you are looking for an offer at the end of your internship, don't expect one from Roche. The program is not a funnel to full time employment (although they may tell you in the interview process that it is). If you are an outstanding intern, you can keep your connections and apply when you graduate (but there are very view opportunities for talent without experience).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talent doesn't necessarily mean experience and put structures in place to retain interns after graduation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One pleased intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The overall culture of the company. They truly live their cultural beliefs and this makes the company a great place at which to work. I was nervous I didn't have the correct skills for the internship position, but my manager and co-workers couldn't have been more friendly about helping me through on a daily basis.

    Cons

    I didn't have any real projects that I could call my own. I typically was going around the building asking colleagues for work or to help on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you have in place, but ensure all interns are given something to actually do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work atmosphere, too much bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    - Respect for employees' work/life balance. Salaried employees have some flexibility in work hours. Most managers are willing to work with you on this, as long as you're a reliable employee with no performance issues.
    - Excellent vacation and health benefits (includes dental, vision, prescription, retirement savings/401k)
    - Friendly and respectful work atmosphere
    - Plenty of learning and career development opportunities (includes tuition reimbursement)
    - Employee appreciation events and activities are very nice and well-organized - company not afraid to spend money to reward employees for hard work
    - Good on-site cafeterias/food service
    - Challenging work - very bright colleagues who will push and inspire you to do your best.

    Cons

    - Very risk-averse, to the point where project implementation is difficult and can drag on for months. Too much red tape and documentation are required to get any project off the ground.
    - The trade-off for the great benefits is that salaries can be 10K lower than what you'd find elsewhere for a similar job title/role.
    - Success within your career path depends mostly on who you know and how well you fit with your direct manager's personal focus and leadership style. Employees who are stuck in a rut career-wise can become "unstuck" by moving to a different department/manager.
    - Managers spend too much time in meetings and travelling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Find ways to streamline project development and implementation, including cutting down on needless, unhelpful documentation and layers of bureaucracy.
    - Cut down on meetings and travel for managers.
    - Encourage managers to sit with employees once a month and understand the day-to-day work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    R&D employee in diabetes care

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Tech in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - R&D Tech in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are very good, and competitive. The Roche quality system is the best in the industry. Good design processes.

    Cons

    It's junior high school with money! There are several immature cliques and backstabbers. Management uses hearsay and rumor to evaluate employees. I wasted prime years of my career working at this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have a problem, talk *directly* to the employee! Don't make employees guess what you want!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance is good. Culture is friendly and benefits are some of the best available.

    Cons

    The pace can be slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Traditional Large Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Communications Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Internal Communications Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay was very competitive, the Indianapolis site has many nice facilities, and many employees had been working there for several years. There was a since of loyalty and security with the company.

    Cons

    Everything was very traditional, especially the cubical environment I worked in. It was very much a 'clock in, clock out' culture. The size of the company made it difficult to get things done without going up a fairly sizable chain of command.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should try to engage with employees a bit more. Those I worked with seemed overworked, so it was understandably tough for them to socialize much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Consistent Change!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    When stating that the employees are the greatest asset, show it, don't just say it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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