Roche Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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Pros
  • In healthcare work-life balance is an afterthought (in 36 reviews)

  • Good benefits for all Roche employees (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance is nonexistent and travel requirements are significantly higher than competitive /peer companies (in 17 reviews)

  • Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Company Review

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    New employee, no cons yet.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Director Communications

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Roche

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Broad global company with plentiful career opportunities internally

    Cons

    Internal restructuring tends to disrupt employee morale


  3. Helpful (1)

    Slow and painful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They have good benefits and have somewhat of a work life balance ideal. They have an on site nurse.

    Cons

    Difficult to get ahead and climb up the ladder. Internal candidates aren't given opportunities and if you're not replaceable in your position, management will make sure you stay there for their benefit. They claim to have development of their employees at the top of the list but they throw the NO BUDGET excuse around for everything.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees concerns. If there id's more than ten complaints about a certain manager, HR needs to step in.


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    Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work, good benefits, great products

    Cons

    high pressure, management in total chaos - all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop forcing good people out.


  6. Field Service Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Niles, IL

    I have been working at Roche (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Market leader in the area. coveted company to work with among competitors. Respect for the company, products and its employees

    Cons

    work pressure Not the best compensation in the industry.


  7. Sr. System Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and career opportunities. Great socials with free food! Great people who really cares about being successful and professional.

    Cons

    You will always do more than your job description. Some people work more than others and management doesn't organize the workload fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair with salary reviews.


  8. Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great learning opportunity.

    Cons

    NJ office closed when Roche bought Genentech. Genentech did not welcome NJ Roche employees.


  9. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Tech in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Production Tech in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Bonuses were good, pto was expectional and the benefits were second to none. The pay was in line with industry standards depending on your level of experience

    Cons

    They didn't treat their temporary employees very well. The company they had working with temps didn't care about their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about all your workers including the folks that are temps because they help you daily reach your goals, they too should be rewarded like full time permanent employees


  10. Sr. Process Development Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks, generally satisfying work, opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Project timelines have been hectic as of late, and you better know how to prioritize.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen strategy to maintain competitive in Diabetes Care.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Business Support

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Support in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Business Support in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Roche full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sad to say it but my experience working as a contractor was far more pleasant than being a former longtime employee in another area of the company. Some excellent colleagues but tread lightly and watch your step; major egos at play.

    Cons

    Protecting and preserving the status quo is de rigueur. There is a right way, a wrong way and the Roche way. As long as Roche Indy remains captive to local talent, the clubby atmosphere and small town narrow mindedness will remain. Cannot wait to see how the new "Open Concept" offices go over with the current staff as there is already too much talking, texting and shopping going on.

    Advice to Management

    Don't place rules on your exceptions. It never looks good when a senior leader fronts a major announcement one month and then decides to leave the company the next month.



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