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Updated July 23, 2017
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  1. "Roche cares about its employees."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    The company cares about its people, takes pride in development and internal promotion, and provides great benefits and resources to help employees.

    Cons

    Communication from senior leadership is not always the best, and it makes it unclear at times what the business focuses are and what the long-term goals are.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees more aware of the business status and goals, so that people can make the most effective contributions towards achieving those goals.


  2. "Contractor"

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

    Pros

    Salary is excellent and work environment supportive.

    Cons

    Unclear whether there will be possibilities to roll over to permanent position.

    Advice to Management

    Be upfront and clear regarding possibilities to apply for a permanent position.

  3. "A Great Place To Work and Learn"

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    Former Employee - Head of Department
    Former Employee - Head of Department
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are very intelligent and passionate about science. The pay and benefits are excellent. Excellent employee development opportunity are always present if you are willing to make the effort. The business is very profitable and stable. Executive management cares about their people. Most of them speak with empathy and genuine support for their people.

    Cons

    These are not really cons but a by-product of the pros that management should keep an eye on so it doesn't get out of hand. Highly intelligent and passionate people in an excellently paid environment will lead to a very competitive work environment. Some members are not looking out for the whole but their next promotion. The fierce competition can diminish genuine and authentic connection cross functionally.

    Advice to Management

    Internal competition is a double edge sword. Not enough competition and complacency may set in. Too much internal competition and the environment switches from fun and exciting to fear and secrecy. Continue to promote authenticity, transparency, trust, cross business/function communication and fun place to work. I believe the latter leads to higher innovation capacity than the fierce internal competition that sometimes exist. Human leadership should be just as important as business leadership so recognize both and reward both forms of leadership. God speed on all your endeavors to help humanity.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great development programs for millennials. Great work life balance. Great benefits. Meaningful work.

    Cons

    Great development programs for millennials offering rotational programs every 2 years and focused development...but only if you are a millennial. 40 + experienced candidates. Not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about those that have been drinking the coolaid, are loyal, and still want to progress


  5. "Roche, 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

    Great benefits, great opportunities. Leadership open to helping you advance.

    Cons

    As you move up, the roles are continually moving towards requiring more travel.


  6. "R&D Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Director in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for career advancement if you are willing to relocate

    Cons

    Inability to relocate hurts your ability to advance. No good advancement paths for technical leads - need to lead people to advance


  7. "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Competitive Salary

    Cons

    Cliquish
    Its about who you know more than what you know

    Advice to Management

    Management does not seem to promote from within

  8. "foreman"

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    Former Employee - Foreman Supervisor in East Dublin, GA
    Former Employee - Foreman Supervisor in East Dublin, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch, great attitudes , motivated

    Cons

    No insurance and not steady work


  9. "Sr. Human Factors Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Factors Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Human Factors Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and compensation. Very smart colleagues. Company promotes community and connection between employees. Meaningful work that can improve the health of many people.

    Cons

    Company not fully invested in making products usable, more interested in getting products to market quickly. Human factors is generally viewed as a checkbox on the way. There is no consideration for the potential commercial benefits of investing in human factors.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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.


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