Roche Reviews

Updated August 31, 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. Fear and intolerance reign at Roche

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    Former Employee - Sales in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales in Nutley, NJ
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, Good Benefits, Decent Salary, Longevity of company, company car, well established in specific disease states (infectious diseases, HIV, oncology), a global company that has leverage in the world.

    Cons

    Very political, old boy network, morale is terrible and upper management breeds a work atmosphere of fear and intolerance.The company is outdated in its leadership style. It's uninspiring, using old leadership and management techniques, probably due to the fact that Roche Global is a family owned company and runs alot like the catholic church: very hierarchical. Consequently it all runs down hill: fear, intolerance, paternalistic, narrow minded towards ethnic and diverse peoples, and one gets prompted based not on skill sets and ability but rather who knows who.

    Advice to Management

    Fire them all. Start with new senior management then make sure they are thinking like modern thinkers with a forward type vision


  2. Helpful (1)

    a place with no technical growth

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big name company in the pharma field Lots of training chances and materials if you are willing to learn nice office and location

    Cons

    bad cafe foods tasks over-predefined and no more room to apply advanced programming skills doing some silly programming jobs most of the time by just clicking the buttons with minimum debugging info too many TC, especially early morning TC for employee in USA some first-line managers are really bad at managing people, always discouraging or distracting their hardworking employee even when they got a task done with surprisingly good results. Maybe those managers are pessimistic and under pressure thus make the team as unhappy as her/him

    Advice to Management

    When the first-line manager's boss is in Europe, it is very easy for the first-line manager to hide a lot of problems locally. Please connect with the employee directly.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Trust your Instincts

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CRA in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - CRA in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Started out as a great position until new management came into play.

    Cons

    Trust your instincts if you're going through the interview process. If the manager seems like a phoney, she probably is! The one I worked under was very belittling, didn't keep her word, played backstabbing games and had unethical practices!

    Advice to Management

    The drive for money shouldn't dictate the results!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The ongoing re-org

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    Current Employee - Service Manager in Clifton, CO
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Clifton, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Located close to NYC If you like to travel this is a good place to work Salary ranges are high compared to other local companies

    Cons

    Constant Re-org The people that work any besides Switzerland are treating as "red headed step children" Forced ranking on reviews Documentation heavy Very Political

    Advice to Management

    Re-org once and get on with making drugs. The constant re-org makes morale low. It's time to start making drugs instead of always planning on change.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Is it Roche or is it Genentech? If it is Roche Nutley it is mostly just a construction site.

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Nutley, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Nutley, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people, some good benefits and a severance package when you get layed-off. There are opportunities to be put in a position that no other company would even consider you for, particularly if you are a sycophant.

    Cons

    The company identity in the US is confused and seems to be changing into Genentech, but not quite. Most management, at even the highest levels, seems lost at times. The Nutley NJ site seems to be destined for continued down sizing and really should be put out of its misery. The medicinal chemistry dept. that brought Valium to market has been turned into a “World Class” joke. This is partly due to new incompetent management who sought guidance from incompetent and narcissistic “retired” management who rose to that level through the attrition of truly talented people. Unfortunately this seems to have become standard practice.

    Advice to Management

    Hoffmann-LaRoche was an excellent company and needs to be revitalized, not transformed into Genentech. Close the Nutley site completely. It is and will be just an embarrassment. New leadership is desperately needed and failed “retired” managers should not be kept around and constantly consulted. Finally, settle on a research structure and strategy, fully implement it, and then give it a chance to work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Line management is a farce. They exist only to belittle employees and discriminate against them.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nutley, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours. But no trust in employees. If you try to work remotely they will not let you but your managers will do so as they please.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours as a salaried employee without additional compensation. But, if you need time for personal matters you have to use vacation time. They treat you like you work on a production line. Managers disappear for days without informing their direct reports. Can't be found when needed.

    Advice to Management

    No real advice since the Nutley facility is being closed down. Realize you have talented employees that want to do the best but mid-management gets in the way. They are afraid their direct reports might come up with something better than they can.


  8. Very disappointing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good team environment - Easy to get to know fellow employees - Very employee oriented

    Cons

    - Poor quality of management - Very intricate business processes that change constantly - Certain departments are overworked and cannot practically lend needed support

    Advice to Management

    - Change business processes/culture to make then more user friendly - Implement management education/training to improve interaction with employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    Very bad regional manger, shocking

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Kingdom, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Kingdom, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Gives the impression that its a Greg place to work, however blame culture is high

    Cons

    Bad mangers, HR support very poor

    Advice to Management

    Stop being bullies!!


  10. Not what it used to be when it was Boehringer Mannheim

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay you well and still have some benefits.

    Cons

    They pretend to care about you. Management isnt transparent. They have too much politics and favoritism and cliques. The management can think for themselves, have to have consultants to tell them how to do everything and the consultants are worthless too. They never heard of a long term plan to them it is 6 weeks. If you retire, they forget you ever existed.

    Advice to Management

    QUIT.


  11. A cut throat political organization, with head bobbing American leaders that are puppets of the Swiss & Germans

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are good training programs and good benefits. There are very nice people in Indianapolis.

    Cons

    The highest level of the organization can not be trusted. Reorganizations are endless and have been occuring for several years. Hundreds of people have lost their jobs without ever knowing the real reasons why. Many people throughout the Roche Divisions live in constant fear of losing their jobs. When an individual is "re-orged" out, HR will put notes in the employee file such as "not eligible for rehire" - even if the employee was in good standing at the time of the "re-org". In some cases, particularly brutal managers will destroy a person mentally first in hopes that they will quit first - especially if the individual might be up for a severance package if they were to stay and get "re-orged" out instead. Individuals in the sales organization have it the toughest. They are the scapegoats for all the Company's woes. A root cause of the ruthlessness is the declining business in several of the Divisions and overall inability of the organization to meet profit margins year after year.

    Advice to Management

    Get a soul



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