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Roche Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated January 13, 2015
Updated January 13, 2015
15 Reviews
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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 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration (in 17 reviews)

  • Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Moved here and staying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance with an engaging workload. Just enough work to push you to do more and progress within the company.

    Cons

    None that are worth mentioning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you go the extra mile to recognise the staff putting in the extra mileage for the company. This doesn't always happen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Great office, nice working environment, friendly people, engaging workload and good career oppurtunities!

    Cons

    Haven't found any as of yet!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Certain departments and managers are more flexible with work-life balance - needs to be a bit more equal throughout

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Department in Welwyn, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Head of Department in Welwyn, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic portfolio, innovative approach, great offices, talented people. New structure is empowering more people and generating swifter decision making. Emphasis on leadership is strong with leadership commitments being clear and part of all leaders objectives.

    Cons

    Too brand focused over recent years rather than customer focused. especially cross portfolio in oncology. Used to embrace a diverse range of styles, more than other companies but this is changing to a certain type now. Lost a lot of talent in the restructure last year so is having to relearn some lessons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the customer more. Embrace different kinds of leadership and individuals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Really nice building, flexible place to work, a lot goes into work/life balance although it's not always possible, good career development opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be stressful at times with workload.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues. Ethics. Interesting work

    Cons

    Career opps limited. Can be quite corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More future focus and innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't come here if you hate layers of process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Director in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Medical Director in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, good facilities, lots of people and access to expertise.

    Cons

    Opaque decision making process and many layers of process for even the simplest. Lots of silo mentality and not much entrepreneurial thinking. Open plan throughout and many rules and procedures for everything. Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out a lot of the middle management holding the organisation back.

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

    CRED Study Leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great to start with, but last couple of years have seen in decline in staff morale

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

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1.Big blue chip company with many global opportunities to move a progress your career across the world.

    2. Looks good on your CV.

    3. Relatively stable company in a difficult industry.

    4. Friendly staff.

    5. Good staff training.

    6. Nice office facilities.

    Cons

    1. Greater and greater emphasis on centralized processes that lead to edicts from the "Leadership".

    2.The point above leads to managers implementing local solutions but framing results to look like they are the great ideas the "Leadership" has been so kind to share and insist we implement.

    3. Old ideas are re-badged as new. New bosses never ask if an idea has been tried before. They just assume they have best ideas.

    4. "Leadership" that asks for feed back but does not act on it and sidelines personnel who give feedback that does not toe the party line.

    5. After a staff survey showed they were heading in the wrong direction for staff satisfaction 3 years ago, latest survey shows they have scored even lower for the same issues raised 3 years ago.

    6. Are perceived as arrogant by customers and competitors.

    7. They pay less than their competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. You are good at developing talent but you keep losing your best people because you do not respect them and you frustrate them till they have no option but to leave.

    2. Your pay is crap. Staff stopped believing in your "industry compensation benchmarks" ages ago. You do not pay as well as your "real" competitors, period. You demand results in the 95th percentile so your pay should reflect that.

    3. 7-8 years of sustained growth did not come about by accident. Start to respect the staff you have.

    4. It is not a good sign when staff are so indifferent they tell you the "Leadership", face to face that you are doing ok, yet your own survey shows you are sliding further back! It shows your staff are tired of giving feedback that is not acted on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good Company, Poor support

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

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

    Pros

    Good Training
    Excellent Benefits
    Good opportunity for career progression

    Cons

    Blame culture
    Lack of support
    Poor communication with field based staff

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Clinical Operations - Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    I worked at Roche

    Pros

    - Low workload
    - Good salary and benefits

    Cons

    - Appalling behavior exhibited by management
    - High turn over

    Doesn't Recommend

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