Roche Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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  1. Strong Indy Based Employer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Making Roche the top employer in the state and in the country is a top priority of management. Several changes have been made over the past 8yrs to accomplish this. They have also firmly planted a 'stake in the ground' with the renovation of the entire campus. The threat of leaving Indianapolis is virtually gone. They also have a robust individual development plan for their employees. Great benefits and pay as well.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be a struggle at times. The organization is very sales and marketing focused and can lose sight of other intangibles. Lastly, some business units are struggling and may have a limited future within the Roche Diagnostics Corporation. Makes sure to know which ones these are before applying for a position.

    Advice to Management

    Continue make strives in making Roche the best place to work. However do not lose site that being a great place to work is not just sales performance.


  2. Not What I Anticipated

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company has a very good reputation. A lot of hiring takes places between the pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies. If you end up in a good team you will have a positive experience.

    Cons

    I ended up in a bad team. I had wanted to connect with potential mentors. If you are a recent college graduate or below 25, the majority of employees are much older. It is difficult to speak to colleagues as everyone is in meetings and they like to speak more with their long term acquaintances than the newcomers.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Director Communications

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Broad global company with plentiful career opportunities internally

    Cons

    Internal restructuring tends to disrupt employee morale


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  5. Instrument Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instrument Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Instrument Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Layoffs are frequent with the Life Science group, with 5 occurring in my 8 years at this company. Layoffs mostly focus on those earning the most, at their given pay level, and not on quality of work.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't seem to be engaged and is more concerned about protecting their friends, the their current positions. The management seems to be unconcerned about the success of the Life Sciences group.

    Advice to Management

    Life Science division leadership should be held to the same standards as leadership in Diagnostics division. Because they are not, the sales staff is demoralized and most, if not all, are looking into alternative opportunities. A common phase; "I'm looking to move to a position in Diagnostics".


  6. Helpful (2)

    Slow and painful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have good benefits and have somewhat of a work life balance ideal. They have an on site nurse.

    Cons

    Difficult to get ahead and climb up the ladder. Internal candidates aren't given opportunities and if you're not replaceable in your position, management will make sure you stay there for their benefit. They claim to have development of their employees at the top of the list but they throw the NO BUDGET excuse around for everything.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees concerns. If there id's more than ten complaints about a certain manager, HR needs to step in.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, good benefits, great products

    Cons

    high pressure, management in total chaos - all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop forcing good people out.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Field Service Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Niles, IL
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Niles, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leader in the area. coveted company to work with among competitors. Respect for the company, products and its employees

    Cons

    work pressure Not the best compensation in the industry.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sr. System Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and career opportunities. Great socials with free food! Great people who really cares about being successful and professional.

    Cons

    You will always do more than your job description. Some people work more than others and management doesn't organize the workload fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Be more fair with salary reviews.


  10. Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great learning opportunity.

    Cons

    NJ office closed when Roche bought Genentech. Genentech did not welcome NJ Roche employees.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Business Support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Support in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Business Support in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Sad to say it but my experience working as a contractor was far more pleasant than being a former longtime employee in another area of the company. Some excellent colleagues but tread lightly and watch your step; major egos at play.

    Cons

    Protecting and preserving the status quo is de rigueur. There is a right way, a wrong way and the Roche way. As long as Roche Indy remains captive to local talent, the clubby atmosphere and small town narrow mindedness will remain. Cannot wait to see how the new "Open Concept" offices go over with the current staff as there is already too much talking, texting and shopping going on.

    Advice to Management

    Don't place rules on your exceptions. It never looks good when a senior leader fronts a major announcement one month and then decides to leave the company the next month.



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