Roche Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
506 Reviews
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506 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 34 reviews)


Cons
  • They are very inflexible about working from home and there is little work-life balance (in 16 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.  

    Experience in Roche

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Department Assistant
    Current Employee - Department Assistant

    I have been working at Roche as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not applicable as this is a contract person and the reporting officer was delegating photocopying duties only

    Cons

    There was no dialogue and went straight to human resources to resolve the matter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a dialogue before escalating

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    R&D employee in diabetes care

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Tech in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - R&D Tech in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are very good, and competitive. The Roche quality system is the best in the industry. Good design processes.

    Cons

    It's junior high school with money! There are several immature cliques and backstabbers. Management uses hearsay and rumor to evaluate employees. I wasted prime years of my career working at this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have a problem, talk *directly* to the employee! Don't make employees guess what you want!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Roche Molecular Systems

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Project Management in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    This is specific to RMS - the Roche Pleasanton location.

    None

    Cons

    Sr. Management is very sleazy and nonstop pathological lying is the culture. They will push subpar/incomplete products out the door only to collect bonus $$ - then spend $$ millions having to redo or correct critical design errors ultimately taking years to correct.

    Work/Life balance is nonexistent and travel requirements are significantly higher than competitive /peer companies.

    Leadership style is "fear" based -- "Lie to customers or be fired" is the SOP

    RMD should be considered an embarrassment to Roche Holdings in terms of integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the pathological lying
    Stop pushing products out the door that will fail for the first 3 years or more until fixed or finished

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not very good place for work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Budapest (Hungary)

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

    Pros

    Good location, nice office.
    The company often employs fresh-graduates, so it can be your first multinational experience.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than average on labor market. The yearly bonus depends of your relationships with managers.
    No career opportunities.
    The job is monotone and boring.
    Meetings and trainings are often only in Hungarian, even if there are foreigners who doesn't speak Hungarian very well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Roche Response

    Jun 19, 2014International Program Manager Attraction and Sourcing

    Thank you for your valuable feedback. Roche seeks to be a great place to work and leadership in Budapest is reviewing these comments and assessing areas for improvement.

  6.  

    Roche Molecular Senior Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Located in San Francisco Bay Area

    Cons

    Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues. Most employees are afraid to speak up out of fear. Zero work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move on and let qualified people take your place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nickeled and dimed and treated with disrespect.

    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    They definitely care about their patients/revenue streams. I mean that in both ways; I'm not trying to be snarky.

    Cons

    They are not an honorable firm - they delay payments, argue over previously agreed upon contracts, re-negotiate in order to pay less AND collect on interest. DO NOT CONTRACT WITH ROCHE. Avoid them like the plagues that - to their credit - they are trying to fight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some oversight and try to correct the bad blood you are creating worldwide.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    CRED Study Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CRED Study Leader in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - CRED Study Leader in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice building, nice company car, reasonnable salary, good benefits. Nothing else.

    Cons

    The worse management ever. Low moral. No consideration for people. Many people left on sick leave or resigned while I was there. This was considered by management as "normal" turn over, therefore no improvements were to be made...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get another job

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a soul

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Not what it used to be when it was Boehringer Mannheim

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative

    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 ManagementAdvice

    QUIT.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very bad regional manger, shocking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Kingdom, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Kingdom, NY

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop being bullies!!

    Doesn't Recommend

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