Roche
3.6 of 5 123 reviews
www.roche.com Basel, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

Roche Reviews

Updated Apr 2, 2014
Roche – US – “in front of the main building”

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3.6 123 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan

Severin Schwan

(43 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Stable, many out-of payment benefits, work-life balance"
    in 7 reviews
  • "good benefits, decent salaries and bonuses"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior Management has to consider all staff benefit"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Can be difficult to get things completed due to such a large company things can move very slowly"
    in 4 reviews
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lab technician

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Roche

Proslow salary and the work is tired

Consnice job and with many opportunities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Place to Work but with Quirks

Non-Exempt Administration Position (Current Employee)

I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits are excellent, plenty of flexibility in the work schedule and fosters a team environment. Pay is ok, average. Very good fit with colleagues, more than adequate management communication globally and locally. Global initiatives are met with positive responses from all employees.

ConsVery odd performance review system and, in my experience, inconsistent. Performance is rated on a curve, with an expected number to fall below "meets expectations". Management follows that curve so that a small handful of employees who may have met every expectation throughout the year were assigned below average rating to meet the Roche standard. Also, I have seen a "partially meets expectations" on the compensation review, yet no rating at all entered into the internal HR Portal. Unclear career path for many non-exempt positions

Advice to Senior Management1) An employee should never receive a less than "meets expectations" rating because of a corporate statistic unless he or she fell short of goals established. I have sat in on review meetings and watched this very unfair process unfold and the managers argued over who to give a lower rating to. Borderline unethical business practice. p.s. for my own review, all that was discussed were shortcomings with NO acknowledgement of achievements. Who does that???
2) Would recommend the company consider increasing the annual allotment for Tuition Reimbursement, currently capped at $10,000 per year.
3) Standardize job titles and pay scales throughout the organization, all locations; advantages for training and growth opportunities not provided to equivalent employees at all business units.
4) Offer mandatory training for all management with a set of standard guidelines for LEADING.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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World Class Company

Principal Associate (Former Employee)
Nutley, NJ

I worked at Roche full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat scientific research and development environment, industry leading benefits, employee development was excellent

ConsI have no cons, I wish I was still working there. I was let go due to site closure and being laid off

Advice to Senior ManagementCome back to New Jersey

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great while it lasted

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Nutley, NJ

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

ProsGreat people and great benefits

ConsSite is now closed, higher echelon of management did not seem to have a clue

Advice to Senior ManagementWished the site was still open

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Software Engineer - L13 (Former Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I worked at Roche full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood pay, most people were good to work with.

ConsIn my position I was not developing a marketable skill set.

Advice to Senior Managementmiddle mangers seemed to be to overloaded

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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interesting work. senior management out of touch

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

Prosgood benefits, decent salaries and bonuses

Consshort term vision. cannot stick to a strategy for more than 2 years

Advice to Senior Managementsenior management; have the courage of your convictions and do not flip flop every other year.
stop the double talk.

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Good Company

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I have been working at Roche full-time for more than a year

ProsHours are flexible, pay is good.

ConsVery Slow Pace, FDA environment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good company overall, but bad management

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Roche full-time for more than 8 years

Prosbenifits 401k and health are good.
work to life ratio, company policy, technology always getting better

Conssalary new people coming in making considerably more than long term employees with more experience
Management carring more about themselves than anything the employees do.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nickeled and dimed and treated with disrespect.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Roche as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThey definitely care about their patients/revenue streams. I mean that in both ways; I'm not trying to be snarky.

ConsThey are not an honorable firm - they delay payments, argue over previously agreed upon contracts, re-negotiate in order to pay less AND collect on interest. DO NOT CONTRACT WITH ROCHE. Avoid them like the plagues that - to their credit - they are trying to fight.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet some oversight and try to correct the bad blood you are creating worldwide.

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Fantastic place where you can grow your career.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Nutley, NJ

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

ProsIntelligent and friendly coworkers. Career discussions are mandated with employees and managers at least twice per year, but more frequent dicussions are encouraged. Opportunity for advancement.

ConsMajor downsizing in 2012 has left some gaps in the workforce. Hiring of new employees has been slow.

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

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