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Updated September 18, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Principal Scientist I"

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility and work-life balance. Good culture and teams and people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Pay is less, does not get evaluated according to current market, even though they say so.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Stable, structured, and employee focused. Best big to work for.

    Cons

    A little bit old fashioned, and seem to struggle in the agile world.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "IPM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Salary & Benefits, Learning Curve, Exposure to multi-functions inside the corporate

    Cons

    Lifestyle, Travel, Long Work hours


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Dead End Job/Good Pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and excellent benefits

    Cons

    No opportunities for advancement. No promotion track. Nothing to look forward to. Some people have worked the same jobs for 10 years. If you comment on this topic, you will be labeled as "not happy" and your managers will get notified. If you disagree with some managers because you see another way, your manager will harass you for more than a year on your performance reviews and will block you from moving up.

    Advice to Management

    This management does not take advice well.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Laboratory Technician"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great work culture
    - Friendly and supportive work environment
    - Fun place to work

    Cons

    - Underpays workers
    - Contractors get excluded from all benefits (not just health benefits - free swag, employee appreciation, trainings)
    - Felt like there was a hierarchy/silos mentality in some groups


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great culture, uncertain future"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture and co-workers. Everyone is dedicated, hard working, and intelligent. With a company this large, there is always room to move around.

    Cons

    The future of RSS is uncertain. Roche as a whole is too big to fail, subdivisions of the company can always be shuttered.

    Advice to Management

    RSS needs its own sequencer. End of story.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Field Engineering Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Field Engineering Specialist
    Current Employee - Field Engineering Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding company benefits. 401k 50% up to 8% plus annual lump sum of 6% if you’re employed on December 31st.

    Cons

    3 year cliff vestment for annual 401k lump sum. Low cap on max accrual for vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop overloading the people. Too many analyzers for engineers to cover and too many different types to learn to become truly proficient.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Market access"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Company culture is inclusive and diverse

    Cons

    Slow decision making process are unfortuante


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Short Summary"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Architect in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work processes are well-organized. Premises are very clean. Facilities are nicely managed. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Low efficiency, low accountability, low bars in competency and quality of work. Too many managers per one engineer. Open floor work place is counterproductive for software engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Bring compensation in line with Bay Area best companies. Drastically reduce manager/engineer ratio. Get rid off open plan work paces in favor in offices for permanent staff and cubes for contractors


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Perform tube/frame assembly, filling, labeling and pouching operations."

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    Former Employee - Associate Diagnostic Technician in Branchburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Diagnostic Technician in Branchburg, NJ
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    We were able to bring ideas to make the work environment easy for everyone that was working there.

    Cons

    Sometimes the lead supervisor could be over bossy and loud when not suppose too.


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