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Updated Apr 27, 2014
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan

Severin Schwan

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsColleagues. Ethics. Interesting work

    ConsCareer opps limited. Can be quite corporate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore future focus and innovation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't come here if you hate layers of process

    Medical Director (Former Employee)
    Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

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

    ConsOpaque 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 Senior ManagementClear out a lot of the middle management holding the organisation back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    ProsNice building, nice company car, reasonnable salary, good benefits. Nothing else.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementGet another job

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sales (Former Employee)

    Pros1.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.

    Cons1. 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 Senior Management1. 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company, Poor support

    Training (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Training
    Excellent Benefits
    Good opportunity for career progression

    ConsBlame culture
    Lack of support
    Poor communication with field based staff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Clinical Operations - Poor Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    Pros- Low workload
    - Good salary and benefits

    Cons- Appalling behavior exhibited by management
    - High turn over

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Clinical Scientist (Former Employee)
    Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    Prosestablished, good vision, great insight!

    Constoo large an organisation which could sometimes loose you amidst large number of employees. Low visibility

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work with some drawbacks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Burgess Hill, England (UK)

    ProsFriendly and helpful corporate culture, good products, company is a market leader or even a market dominator in many areas. Good sales, marketing and supporting structure. Very good facilities on site- great office, cantine, bar, free gym, free bikes. Stimulating to develop yourself and working on your weaknesses.

    ConsCarrer opportunities are limited. Sales experience is required to progress within organisation. Very sales driven affiliate, sometimes lack of strategy and concentrating on delivering numbers. Work-life balance is rather poor, it is expected of you constantly to take on new challenges and overachieve. Roche is not interested in keeping people regardles of your track record and seniority. Very hard training on Roche values, if you don't fit in, they will get rid of you rather quickly. If you wish to progress within organisation be prepared to move to Germany or Switzerland and learn German.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    poor company treat you like a robot

    Sales Representative (Current Employee)
    London Colney, England (UK)

    Prosgood products and thats about it

    Conspoor career development, your just a number the company is just like big pharma metrics and efficiency rubbish!

    Advice to Senior Managementget back to basics start empowering people rather than just not trusting them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work. Highly ethical in its approach and leading market with innovative medicines.

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsEthical approach.
    Meritocratic environment.
    Good rewards and recognitiion scheme.
    Ability to prgress your career both within the affiliate and globally.

    ConsThere are no real downsides except the culture shock when moving hear from America where people tend to be more friendly upon first meeting them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be great to see more women in leadership roles as it does sometimes appear to be somewhat an old boys club.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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