Roche Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
508 Reviews
3.9
508 Reviews
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  2.  

    Good work ethics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This company teaches a lot, demands a lot and offers a lot to anyone that makes it into them corporation. They look very good on a resume.

    Cons

    It is extremely corporate and, like many large corporations, there are political games to play and the best employees aren't the ones that excel to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This goes to Germany... learn to understand the challenges that the US market faces compared to the rest of the world and then make your sales goals accordingly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid company, solid future, good work-live balance

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    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.  

    Fantastic place but pRED gRED Divide

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Roche is a fantastic company to work for, but a lot depends on whether you are pRED or gRED. As far as salary, benefits and treating employees with respect, it is a wonderful place. There are enough opportunities for everyone to do well, grow and be rewarded.

    Cons

    gRED has an air of superiority over pRED, and its no fun being on the pRED side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pRED and gRED have very different cultures. Cannot directly compare the two organizations or their productivity, without changing management styles.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    An open culture where employees are generally treated with dignity and respect.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive nature of those in the Genentech clashes with the more transparent way that Roche (both in the US and Globally) typically conduct themselves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but not a funnel to full-time

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    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
  8.  

    Great Pay.

    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and Benefits. Helpful colleagues and management.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. 24/7 on call

  9.  

    great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Scientist in Nutley, NJ

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work life balance, culture and benefits

    Cons

    management was old school and slow promotion system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great work-life balance

  10.  

    One pleased intern

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    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
  11.  

    Passionate Employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    The scientists who work at Roche are very passionate about the work they do and it's nice to be in that environment. Salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Many policies and directives come from the headquarters in Basel, Switzerland and don't always seem relevant to offices in California. The bureaucracy and length of time it takes for changes to take effect can be frustrating.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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