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  1. Helpful (1)

    "An excellent place to work, but upper management is flaky"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very professional. Excellent career development opportunities. Plenty of chances to learn new things as part of the job.

    Cons

    Frequent layoff cycles. Upper management will swear, up and down, that a site will be kept open and then announce the site closure the next day. Many people were moved from Palo Alto when that site was closed, and then the Nutley site was closed less than 2 years later.

    Advice to Management

    Don't move people to a site you know is closing very soon. Don't tell people you're keeping a site open, and then announce the closure a few months later.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Projects are well supported and properly equipped. Great colleagues to work with. Pay is good and good work is often recognized. Projects are well developed and interesting. Mid management is good over all.

    Cons

    Some projects with sound scientific and business basis killed by upper management personnel turnover. Radical and too frequent shifts in research focus is wasteful of financial and human investment in projects. Became difficult to obtain mature research goals.

    Advice to Management

    Think long and hard before making radical changes. Seeing hard won discoveries and results go into the vault prematurely is hard on staff morale and dedication.

  3. "Roche is better than most other biotech companies."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to work

    Cons

    They closed the site and moved to New Jersey and laid off almost everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Success is built on the backs of the peons, treat them a little better.


  4. "It was difficult the last years knowing site was closing and not necessarily knowing your fate."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate III in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate III in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Campus was fabulous.
    Their were many resources available to get work / project done with many areas of expertise.
    Most folks were more than reasonable to work with.
    Company seemed to attempt to focus on long term health of company.
    Benefits were pretty good, though not as good as Syntex.

    Cons

    You felt like a pawn in a big chess game.
    You could see decisions being made from very high up that made no financial / strategic sense at the local site.
    No company stock purchase plan.


  5. "The squeaky wheel always got oiled - too bad I was the wheel that maintained itself."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable pay. Exercise on-site. Nice environment - places to run and bike right outside work. Good benefits compared to others.

    Cons

    Not family-friendly. Your life can be miserable if you get stuck with an incompetent, insecure boss. Educational benefits only available if your boss approves it.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of dead weight employees/managers and reward the hard workers who actually make significant positive impacts to the company.


  6. "Uneven, Depends on current top management personalities and beliefs which can swing to extremes."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate III in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate III in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A long history of a good work environment with good manager support and reasonable expectations and rewards.

    Cons

    Until recently the positions were stable and changes resulted in reassignment of personnel rather than downsizing. More recently company has taken downsizing as a standard practice which is more inline with other pharmaceutical companies.

    Advice to Management

    The handling of the Roche Palo Alto site closure announcement a short time after a site meeting unrolling a new vision and more or less five year plan for the site left management with severely damaged credibility. The loss of stability and long term personnel has/will rob Roch of it's historic uniqueness and depth of employee devotion it once had at cost which cannot be calculated.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Very satisfactory at the site leve, but frustrating at the global level due to excess bureaucracy."

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    Former Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The campus was beautiful. Local Management was good. Training was encouraged. My department consisted of great co-workers who worked well in teams.

    Cons

    The headquarters in Basel were frustrating to work with. The North American headquarters in Nutley were frustrating to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Palo Alto leadership was very good. The Advice to management at other sites would include better communication and more respect.

  8. "Very satisfied at work"

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    Former Employee - Bioservices Lead in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Bioservices Lead in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Roche Palo Alto had such a beautiful campus. Most importantly, the company had intelligent, hard working, and pleasant employees which made it so easy to come to work everyday. Roche offers careers across the U.S. and around the world for people with passion who are looking for great satisfaction and great reward from their work.

    Cons

    Management needed to communicate more efficiently and it was very unfortunate that with the site closure, a lot of employees were dissatisfied with the communications regarding the events leading up to the closure.

    Advice to Management

    The employees are basically the engine of the company. A little more consideration would have been much appreciated and would've made the transition so much easier.


  9. "Great place - lacking pull in the overall Roche machinery"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The scinece has high quality and standards.
    Good benefit structure.
    Good focus on overall corporate wellbeing, employee teambuilding etc.

    Cons

    Upper managment in Basel is disconnected from the strategy in Palo Alto. Hence the site is getting the short end of the stick - as was evidend with the decision to close it and dispand two well established and qualified therapy areas.

    Advice to Management

    Be more candid with your strategy communication: people will respect that a therapy area may have been exhausted for its commercial potential versus keeping up a front, moving a fragment of the staff to a different location pretending to still be active in a given scientific area.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities but poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunities for collaborative science and medicine across company divisions.

    Cons

    Opaque management and cryptic decisions lead to total lack of confidence.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and admit your mistakes!


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