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Roche Pleasanton Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work environment. All the resources you need to succeed.

    Cons

    Like all big companies, there is some sort of politics. However, management is mostly transparent to it's employees, which is rare.

    Advice to Management

    Benefits are great, but increase base pay and include stock.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, CA"

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance is great, because there is NOTHING competent to do in this place. You just don't have to learn anything new, but continue forth with ancient technologies (PCR) for as long as you are here. All you need to do to get a promotion is to suck up to your manager. Skills and caliber are irrelevant. Just look at the caliber of the Principal Scientists, Research Leaders, Directors and Vice Presidents in your division for proof!

    Cons

    Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, CA is a gigantic cesspit where people 'think' they do science.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, because when this place goes down, you will be the only people that can walk away with loaded pockets. The others deserve the fate they are setting themselves up for, given that they think that you are the 'leaders', and will go to ANY extent to suck up to you, just to stay afloat. Pathetic.

  3. "2017 Summer Intern"

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    Former Intern - IT Intern in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Intern - IT Intern in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid learning opportunities and talks by employees

    Cons

    Some of the technology is outdated

    Advice to Management

    Update some of the technology used by IT


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Roche Molecular Diagnostics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many talented scientists and hard workers assembled into one organization. Really nice to have. Numerous opportunities to move to different groups to gain experience in molecular diagnostics. Most projects are well funded. If you are in the right group with a good manager morale is generally high. Compensation and benefits very good.

    Cons

    There are many talented managers at the company. However, promotions tend to be made based political connections with senior managers, resulting in some incompetents being promoted up to higher management positions. Some at director level are down right stupid and have no idea of what they are doing. Some backstabbing helps with promotions as well. The organization is definitely not a meritocracy, with the CEO as the best example.

    Advice to Management

    Make promotions based on ability to manage projects and people, and not how they are perceived bye their bosses.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "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!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "it's ok"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    easygoing environment, benefits, holidays, vacation time

    Cons

    leadership, "favorites" are given more opportunities


  7. Helpful (2)

    "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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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


  9. Helpful (7)

    "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


  10. "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


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