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Roche Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
473 Reviews

3.9
473 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.  

    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work experience, learned a lot, demanding position, great personal growth, great compensation

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Roche Response

    Jun 23, 2014International Program Manager Attraction and Sourcing

    Thanks for your response. We'd love to hear where you worked

  2.  

    Awesome

    Current Employee - GPM  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - GPM in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    awesome it is a great job

    Cons

    nothing is wrong with it

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Branford, CT
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Branford, CT

    Pros

    Good salary, 15 days of holiday, great career possibilities

    Cons

    Roch has the atmosphere of a big cooperation, slow decision, a lot hirachy ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you can tolerate politics and sub-par technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The salary, benefits, and people are absolutely fantastic. One of very few organizations that truly believes in their mission and corporate values. People who work in sciences and support truly care about their customers and the patient and will do whatever it takes to deliver the highest quality.

    Cons

    In order to move up, you need to be in the right meetings with the right people and say the right things. The technology platforms are old and decisions are made based on what is familiar rather than what is best. Doing your best work doesn't mean anything unless you're likable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times, make decisions that are best for the customer rather than what's comfortable with yourself, and lean on your team members that actually have demonstrated experience and competence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Consistent Change!

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Office location, majority of people at the company have a true desire to engage and make work more than just a job.

    Cons

    Senior leaders are too far removed from the operations and day to day activities, especially within the IT organization. There's not enough walking the walk when it comes to people development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When stating that the employees are the greatest asset, show it, don't just say it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    large corporate envirment with a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    there can be a learning curve for someone who is new to the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    IT in the US be wary, good company overall.

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    Former Employee - Technology Solution Manager  in  Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Technology Solution Manager in Nutley, NJ

    Pros

    Good benefits for all Roche employees.
    Highly competitive salaries with bonus and depending on your level, stock options.
    They do a great job of providing top notch healthcare, dental, 401k matching and so forth.
    They value personal time and all the managers I had were great to work for except one (he is no longer with the company).
    I would still be with the company if they didn't shut down the location I was at.
    Each time I was impacted by a restructured job, I was able to get a 10% retention bonus for my stress (you would get it if you stayed to your end date as well).
    Very good severance package when large groups are impacted.

    Cons

    I worked for Roche for 14 years and other than the last 5-6 years it was a great company. My advice is if you are working for Roche in the IT area, you are at risk of yearly stress of losing your job due to restructuring and sending jobs around the company/world. In the past 6 years, my job was impacted 4-5 times. I had to either apply for a new job or take a package and leave. All of these were due to OPEX realignment of personnel. Senior management would move head count from one location to another without always understanding what they were doing. The latest push in the US is to send IT to Genentech in CA, Madrid, Spain or back to Basel, Switzerland. The Nutley location was closed down after 100 years of service and the US headquarters shifted to Genentech.

    The merger of Roche and Genentech has not been the smoothest. Each company is still a separate entity and supported by different IT departments.

    Genentech has not experienced the headcount loss experience as of my last day. They are in for a shock once it does. You have to keep in mind that Roche is the typical Swiss based company, and Gene is the typical San Francisco company. They are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Roche is extremely process driven, cost conscious (with regards to IT) and doesn't like to deviate. Gene is agile and flexible with the mentality of "get the work done as quick as possible." They don't let cost act as barrier necessarily. Gene is able to bypass process and make their internal customers happy with rapid turn around times. This is the direction Roche is trying to go but with processes still in the picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the constant reorganizations. Once we finally get everything working again, there is another change and efficiency is lost again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Nothing they treat you great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Statistical Programming Analyst Intern

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    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Intern
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Intern

    Pros

    Great work environment. Colleagues are really nice and friendly. People can learn a lot of things regarding to Clinical trial. There are plenty of training for new employee, which are really helpful.

    Cons

    Need handle multiple projects in the same time, so it will be a little stressful sometimes. The responsibility is overlap between some department, so it may lead some confusing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Principal Associate  in  Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Principal Associate in Nutley, NJ

    Pros

    It was good when lasted

    Cons

    Nutley site was closed in 2013.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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