Roche Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great people! Lots of resources and good cross functional communication. Oozing with opportunity if you perform your job well, know what your next move will be and know the right people.

    Cons

    Surprised at how many clock watchers are employed. In a competitive biotech /medical sector, I don't know how those folks keep their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the culture a priority.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Work / Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and PTO. The campus is nice and company has growth with acquisitions and within the industry.

    Cons

    Management proclaims a certain culture, but they do to live it. Their internal survey ranked high because there are so many new employees who haven't learned what is really under the hood. Highly political and hierarchal. It would depend what area you work in and who you work for on how you will do. Go to Genentech which they own better environment and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Not optimistic the management would really care as it shows in the environment. A lot of fluff, unless you are in upper management.


  3. Marketing

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people who honestly want to do the right thing. Good benefits, support, and perks.

    Cons

    Very little innovation. Takes a long time to get something done due to consensus building. They hire from withing often which reduces new thinking and challenging of the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new people from outside of Roche.


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  5. Genomic Instrument Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Roche places a heavy emphasis on good work environment.

    Cons

    big company that is sometimes slow to move in regards to changes.


  6. Biases in Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company is a great place to work. The facility has a great environment. They also employ some skilled and knowledgeable analysts.

    Cons

    Some Management could stand to retrained. Favoritism is blatantly shown in certain departments, which makes it a hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to be management and not buddy buddy's with their employees. Know how to decipher between supervisory and being a friend. Let your friends be employees and not assistant supervisors with out the pay. Last but not least, if something is told to you in confidence, do not discuss the confident information with your FRIENDS!!!!!


  7. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits and great opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Long hours a lot of the time of year and the location of you live SF

    Advice to Management

    Do not


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great benefits, complex environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive benefits and nice perks. Most people are very nice. The Swiss values of the company are very ethical and environmentally focused. Most of the products help people, so it can be personally fulfilling to contribute to healthcare industry.

    Cons

    Lots of complexity in all areas that goes well beyond that of a large corporation. Risk averse, yet there is constant pressure to innovate. The overly process-oriented environment stifles creativity, while the corporate culture rewards a select few that are chosen for fast-track promotions. Depending on the work area, the pressure in marketing to achieve goals while dealing with process run-arounds can make work-life balance a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want innovation, find ways to support a culture that is not so burdened with risk aversion and values creativity, rather than cookie cutter solutions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Too Big to make an impact as individual contributor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits. Low visibility

    Cons

    Too big. Little advancement. Constant changes in structure.


  10. Company Review

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    New employee, no cons yet.


  11. Helpful (5)

    At the end, it became just another job with another crappy work environment

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    Former Employee - Contributor (Not Senior Management) in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Contributor (Not Senior Management) in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent as are health benefits; good 401k matching program; many departments allow work from home a few days during the week.

    Cons

    Roche has completely changed its culture over the last 10 years from being "family like" oriented; looking out for one another; helping each other; and happy for the success of not only the company but fellow co-workers to one of: backstabbing at every turn; massive CYA on every project or assignment; no decision making because of fear of losing your job; an environment of making it necessary to be "one of the good ole boys/girls" (i.e. exceptional work no longer gets you promoted...now it is ONLY who you know higher up and how much have you kissed that person 's rear); HUGE HR discipline issues...they HAVE to blame someone so make sure you do what everyone else does and massively CYA (you will be disciplined for things that you didn't even do...I was given a written warning and documented counseling for the failure of a project that I and 12 others were assigned to complete over the course of 12 months, and the part that needed my assistance was at the end (still 6 months away from being discussed)...I was not even invited to the initial meetings because they didn't need me, but it became a total guilt by association).

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen so it's pointless to add anything here.



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