Roche Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
505 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 15 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. 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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    great place to work

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    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

  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Nutley, NJ

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work processes, continuously reviewed and updated.Well maintained integrated systems, reviewed and updated periodically for robust performance and meaningful data. Fair work life balance and fair compensation. Sense of community in many if not all areas. I travelled extensively for this company (many countries) and have always found most employees to be quiet happy.

    Cons

    Top management is Ok since the departure of one who is now a CEO at another place. However, not as great as the previous top management which had their eyes on the bottom line but also valued their employees. Current management does not value the employee as seen in more than 5000 employees loosing their jobs at a location they had for more than 100 years. Management would point to performance but needs to look at the performance based on the basket of products available to that location.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    awesome family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    culture to them is real

    Cons

    some restructuring has happened in order to keep them running in forefront of the marketplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep culture alive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent environment for work with ample resources for training

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Nutley, NJ

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

    Pros

    Friendly and welcoming culture. Extensive investment in training of its employees. Good processes in place to facilitate workflow. Emphasis is on quality and not just speed. Projects are appropriately resourced

    Cons

    There are scheduling challenges when co-ordinating the San Francisco (3 hours west) and Basel (6 hours east) campuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Achieving cultural integration across the global sites is challenging. The overall organization can benefit by attending to these matters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great work atmosphere, too much bureaucracy

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    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

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