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Roche Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
557 Reviews
3.8
557 Reviews
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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Review Highlights

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 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration (in 17 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Family Culture: Poor Treatment of Temporary/Contract Workers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Branchburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Technician in Branchburg, NJ

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Working at Roche is like being part of a family. People look out for each other and act in a manner that is friendly and professional. This company is great to start out with, has amazing opportunities for those who are willing to diversify their skill set, and is an overall joy to work for. Management works with their employees and aims to take care of their own.

    Cons

    Compensation has been declining over the years. Benefits are good, but salaries are low and upper management seems reluctant to keep their pay rates competitive with anything but the lowest of industry estimates. Vertical movement is difficult to achieve. Contract/temp workers are not paid competitively and are 'forced' into cut-rate benefits policies from Roche's choice of staffing firms. Management ignores the contract workers and seems hesitant to provide any kind of advancement opportunities. Some temps have been here 8 YEARS doing consistently great work but are overlooked for permanent positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roche's benefits program used to make up for it's low rate of pay but this is not the case anymore. Management needs to put some serious thought into restructuring their current compensation plans to keep them competitive. Treat temp workers better; many of them are fantastic employees but are passed over for external hires. If you are going to cultivate talent, then encourage and utilize it instead of diminishing it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    International company, passion for innovation, encouraging team work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    + company is science driven
    + external, cooperative mindset
    + encourages cross-functional team work
    + decent decision making process
    + decent overall benefit package

    Cons

    - easy to get stuck in one position, puts you "in a box"
    - very frequent management changes, busy to create new "strategies"
    - European staff (Management) has sometimes difficulties to understand US market/regulations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger focus on proper execution of strategies, rather than to create new ones. Improve retention plans for employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, lots of great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician III in Branchburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician III in Branchburg, NJ

    I worked at Roche as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, very nice people

    Cons

    Opportunities for temps are slim to none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to your temps before hiring from outside

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Newark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great culture, good pay, great benefits. A truly supportive environment.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, constant restructuring

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Interesting work, good benefits and facilities

    Cons

    Large company that is slow to change; structured and specialized roles.

  7.  

    Good pay and benefits. Difficult to advance or move around in company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Pay, benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Leadership in certain departments. Company so large it is to difficult to truly enforce cultural beliefs throughout all areas of business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfied

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Accountant in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and leadership

    Cons

    Commute was tough if you have to drive the highway everyday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep trying to improve the culture. It's working!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Calibration Coordinator in Branchburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Calibration Coordinator in Branchburg, NJ

    I worked at Roche as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Alot of company socials, most people are allowed to make own hours, good benifits, and easy to move up in the company.

    Cons

    Managment changes every few months making it hard to complete projects. Projects are piled on top of other projects and it is hard to complete anything with 5-15 ongoing projects at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on just 1-3 projects at most at a time per person so all of the projects can completed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Photographer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Photographer in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Photographer in Nutley, NJ

    I worked at Roche

    Pros

    Everyone here in this company that I have work with was on key to their jobs, and know how and it was a good place to work with people and all the events that went on within the company and outside the company. It was just a big happy family, everything was up to date in software and equipments to classes and training if you wanted too.

    Cons

    I can't say too much about any cons cause the only cons I can mention when it was stormly wealther outside the company at time was still open to bad wealther, but we all some how manage to come in and that was about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the managers that i have work with was great and made you feel wanted in their department and pretty much how it was with all the manager and upper head dept was with all employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Arguably one of the best organizations in Indianapolis to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    High Salaries, reasonable benefits, remarkably intelligent workforce, reasonably low politics for the size of organization

    Cons

    Fear of closure in diabetes care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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