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Roche Pleasanton Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, talented colleagues, motivating HR department, great management and execs and projects that you can feel proud about.

    Cons

    A few very unkind, jealous and lazy people that need to be let go. I literally had a project sabotaged by one of them. It ruined the environment for me. Such a shame because it is an amazing company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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    "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy going, but at times intense, but freedom to explore creative projects to some extent?

    Cons

    Management culture is favoritism, lack of communication, disappointing direction provided by immediate management. You pretty much have to fight for any opportunity to advance here.

    Advice to Management

    Change management structure


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    "Big Company"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Roche (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Just like other big companies: bureaucratic, move slowly


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    "Bad Management in some departments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Some great people, good location

    Cons

    Management in some departments are bulling, and sexist against certain racial minority's.

    Advice to Management

    Believe your workers.

    Roche Response

    Mar 8, 2017 – International Program Manager Attraction and Sourcing

    Please know that Roche is committed to a workplace free of any discrimination or harassment. If an employee believes someone has violated this policy, they should immediately notify senior management ... More


  6. "summer intern at roche molecular systems"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche (Less than a year)

    Pros

    mentor programs, work in different departments

    Cons

    none, enjoyed my time there

    Advice to Management

    none, stay awesome


  7. "The best company I've worked for"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with brilliant people. We are making a difference in people's lives. Great work environment. Supportive co-workers. Professional work environment. Excellent company benefits. Management cares about the employees and this is evident in their actions.

    Cons

    Sometimes it takes a long time to make a change as this is a large company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Medical Scientific Affairs - Clinical Operations and Biometrics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall the company is on the better side of biotech and innovative when it comes to diagnostics. Functional leads and support staff are great to work with, and the work is straight forward.

    Cons

    Middle Management

    Some of the directors and senior managers are not competent (many are though).

    The incompetent ones are the obvious elephants in the room, but upper management doesn't seem to reprimand appropriately, and prefers to sweep it under the rug with a guise of using the Culture of Accountability versus tackling the problem head on.

    The incompetent middle management personality types fall into two main categories: they are either never around, or they are micro-managers who don't know what they are talking about and mask their ignorance and incompetence by questioning and talking condescendingly to functional study team members.

    The micro-managers get so wrapped up in details of everything, but they're never around to know the details so they endlessly scrutinize all the work the study teams performs which inevitably stresses out the team members who deal with the details and study work on a daily basis. It would be one thing if they understood processes and had valid, constructive feedback and points to make, but they question and scrutinize for the sake of hiding their own lack of knowledge and to feed their superiority complexes at the end of the day so they can go home feeling accomplished for doing something other than complaining and pushing emails all day.

    The micro-managers also have a double standard of what they require of functional study team staff compared to what they provide themselves. They require transparency but do not complete the flow by being transparent downward (even to their own staff); They harp other functional areas to complete dependencies sooner than expected to compensate for their own delays in timelines.

    This ultimately crushes morale and turns staff off from even wanting to interactive with these individuals.

    Advice to Management

    - Scrap having middle management sign off on study documentation and leave this to the functional leads

    - Before they send out interrogating emails and belittle member in the occasional study team meetings they attend, have middle management train on processes and work instructions which they clearly don't understand due to just clicking a training button in the training system

    - Above all, stop ignoring the issue as to why staff keeps leaving. Clearly there is a pattern.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Weird management in Pleasanton, CA (US)"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Roche as a contractor

    Pros

    Good place to learn the development ethics, culture and system... and then move out.

    Cons

    One Story I want to begin with here:
    A while ago in Summer 2016, Roche Pleasanton decided they are going to stop the paper cup system and encourage employees to get their own coffee mugs and for a limited time, they offered cupcakes and a "Time to Marketing" small blue coffee mug which was a great thing... months later in December 2016, those coffee mugs disappeared from our desk spaces, without a notice and some one just grabbed them out from the employee work spaces and no one was informed.. which was very unethical, believe me! Next day, they were washed, dried and stored in the Roche Cafeteria space... couldn't believe it. Why give it for free when those things would be stolen anyways? Thats the Major thing about this Pleasanton office... Something is fishy!

    Other Cons:
    - Necessary jobs are not created but unnecessary ones are mostly full time jobs and no job growth
    - Micromanaging is the key here...
    - People form opinions about each other and talk against one another, odd environment
    - No growth for career

    Just a big name, not worth the time and skills or energy. Terrible!

    Advice to Management

    Give some time to young talents and people who want to learn and appreciate being at Roche not ones who want to waste upon the benefits that Roche gives them.. Think about it!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Scientist"

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

    I have been working at Roche (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The working environment is very professional

    Cons

    The working pace is a bit slow


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Business development project management"

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    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, easy commute, decent brand name. Consensus driven culture, ability to do lateral moves, grow within, stable organization and good upper management

    Cons

    Inflexible and old-fashioned HR and career development policies, processes, procedures. Relatively slow growth - limited upward career growth opportunities. Inconsistent hiring practices - quality of many mid- to high- level managers is far from norm in the area. Slow, risk averse, politically charged culture. Lack of domain knowledge expertise on many key levels.

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark from the best companies in the area, including divisions / companies within the group. Take accountability - ownership of key projects, adjust incentives to match common practices in organizations attracting top talent


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