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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.  

    Roche Molecular Systems

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    Current Employee - Project Management  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Project Management in Pleasanton, CA

    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
  2.  

    One of the best companies to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nutley, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nutley, NJ

    Pros

    Great people, excellent, salaries, benefits and many perks, very good support and training. This company really knows how to take care of its employees.

    Cons

    Site shut down and many lost their jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve company policy to ensure contract employees don't feel less than the full timers. Allow and encourage more professional development opportunities to all employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Something

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Good company to work with

    Cons

    Hard to get in if you don't know any body

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Roche is a family company all around.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    worklife balance is great, and the benefits are tremendous. The business is very rewarding and tremendous opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Difficult to move around if not networking yourself, you must be willing to put in the hard work. You need to get to know people across the company to move easily to new positions.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A solid company with quality people and great products trying to make a difference in a challenging marketplace.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Diabetes Solution Specialist
    Former Employee - Diabetes Solution Specialist

    Pros

    The Diabetes Care Division takes very seriously their product pipeline, production practices, and responsibility for producing quality goods. Employees are well trained, actively promoted when possible, and generally treated with considerable respect even during times of company downsizing and redirection.

    Cons

    Very few cons specific to Roche Diabetes Care other than the entire industry is trying to redefine itself in light of increased overseas competition for dwindling healthcare dollars and reductions in reimbursement for prescription blood glucose meter test strips.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Endeavor to be able to adapt more quickly to marketplace changes and challenges. Continue the remarkable tradition of superior product quality and community service in the area of Diabetes Care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Once was a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Above average pay for area and good benefits. There are some great people to work with below the management level.

    Cons

    Management in production stinks. Managers moved from pilot to manufacturing don't have a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocrity lies at the bottom of the mainstream

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    Former Employee - Individual Contributor  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    Location, benefits and the pay.

    Cons

    Clueless management, lack of direction or leadership and rampant incestuous cronyism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the entire Diabetes Care leadership team. They do nothing but protect their own worthless hides.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work but with Quirks

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    Current Employee - Non-Exempt Administration Position
    Current Employee - Non-Exempt Administration Position

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, plenty of flexibility in the work schedule and fosters a team environment. Pay is ok, average. Very good fit with colleagues, more than adequate management communication globally and locally. Global initiatives are met with positive responses from all employees.

    Cons

    Very odd performance review system and, in my experience, inconsistent. Performance is rated on a curve, with an expected number to fall below "meets expectations". Management follows that curve so that a small handful of employees who may have met every expectation throughout the year were assigned below average rating to meet the Roche standard. Also, I have seen a "partially meets expectations" on the compensation review, yet no rating at all entered into the internal HR Portal. Unclear career path for many non-exempt positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) An employee should never receive a less than "meets expectations" rating because of a corporate statistic unless he or she fell short of goals established. I have sat in on review meetings and watched this very unfair process unfold and the managers argued over who to give a lower rating to. Borderline unethical business practice. p.s. for my own review, all that was discussed were shortcomings with NO acknowledgement of achievements. Who does that???
    2) Would recommend the company consider increasing the annual allotment for Tuition Reimbursement, currently capped at $10,000 per year.
    3) Standardize job titles and pay scales throughout the organization, all locations; advantages for training and growth opportunities not provided to equivalent employees at all business units.
    4) Offer mandatory training for all management with a set of standard guidelines for LEADING.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Management

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    Former Employee - Sales Management
    Former Employee - Sales Management

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry. A once proud and prosperous brand has been decimated by incompetent leadership

    Cons

    Diabetes care management, from director and above do not have a clue about how to succeed in the industry. Completely incompetent! Run very much like a high school campus, if your are not one of the "cool kids" you are of no value to leadership. Culturally ... they talk, but do not walk the talk. The division is dead and most everyone of value has been severanced or left the organization. MG was either not made aware of what he inherited, or is complacent and expected to oversee the demise of DC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell for whatever you can get or withdraw and leave the market ... Roche Diabetes Care is an embracement in the industry. Old technology with no apparent desire to become a leader again. This company has one foot in the grave. It is unfair to allow the employees to linger in your incompetence and indifference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A Mid-Field Phama

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

    Pros

    When science and quality are not impeded by business processes, the daily work environment is challenging and exciting. Operations in the US are transparent, not so in Basel.

    Cons

    C-level executives unable to focus on long term scientific commitments; continuous, ever increasing profit is more important. Headquarters (Basel) will sell you out to achieve profit goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Selling out the Nutley facility and its personnel to placate Genentech was an affront to the dedication demonstrated by the Nutley personnel over the last decade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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