Roche Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
490 Reviews
3.8
490 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 32 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration (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.  

    Data Acquisition Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to work...work from home, fantastic colleagues, management support is good

    Cons

    too many processes and documents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Trusted company

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    Current Employee - Customer Manager Private Labs  in  Trivento (Italy)
    Current Employee - Customer Manager Private Labs in Trivento (Italy)

    I have been working at Roche full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Greak company with fast growth. Professional colleagues, all the staff feel comfortable and unified in striving for a common goal as a team. Roche treats contractors with a great deal of respect, encouraging them to be a part of the Roche team and new cultural beliefs.

    Cons

    Objectives that are virtually impossible to attain. Incentives usually fail because of poor structure rather than rewards.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great company to work for. Nice corporate culture and respect for one another

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer  in  Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Warsaw (Poland)

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many sports benefits, nice office, nice equipment

    Cons

    Salary and bands, beaurocracy, decision making process

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Basel (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I work within a great team and i am fortunate to have a very supportive Manager who encourages me, pushes me outside my comfort level and who wants to develop me and see me succeed. I have been fortunate that in over 10 years with the company I have always had great managers and for that reason I have developed into various roles in my time here (in various countries). I love my job and love the people I work with.

    Cons

    It's impossible to do anything fast! If you want to implement something you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get it done. This is especially the case with IT....the documentation in IT is a killer and when you're not an IT person it can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think in order for our organisation to be more agile we need to take a leaner approach to projects and the documentation required in order to ensure a speedy implementation. The other thing I would say is that Roche spends a lot of money each year on contractors. These contractors have been with Roche for a long time and I think it would be more economical for the company and a much better experience for those employees if they were made permanent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I worked my own hours, I produced as I saw fit, as long as I produced they left me alone. all in all in was an ideal job for a top producer and someone as driven as me. I couldn't have asked for a better career, until the industry went south.

    Cons

    Dishonest, big on lip service, poor on follow through even if they expect it from the folks in the field, corporate greed, lots of posturing, typical Nazi stereotype...all at Roche

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some. Integrity is sexy, concepts such as honor, character and ethics are sorely lacking at the top. We did in the field as we saw above at the corporate office.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Great internal career opportunity cross country.
    Great life-work balance
    great benefits

    Cons

    Salary is not in the top rank, compared to Pharma competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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