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Roche Reviews

Updated May 25, 2018
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  1. "Applications specialist"

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    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Grt place to work. Work n life balance

    Cons

    Sometimes work interferes with preplabnwd life activities

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work up


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    "Field sales manager"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager in China, ME
    Former Employee - Field Sales Manager in China, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong pipeline, good environment and competitive compensation

    Cons

    Conservative development program, regional
    supporting is not quite strong

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    "Good 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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Lots of products in the pipeline going through a lull now in the company but great future.

    Cons

    Ivory Tower syndrome happens often where those in global corporate don't really understand what the business needs fully where business happens. Too much bureaucracy to get good ideas off the ground and too many bad ideas being pushed down that don't make business sense to those impacted


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company"

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

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Interesting Science
    Diverse environment
    Overall good people

    Cons

    Office politics
    Slow upward mobility
    Poor work life balance


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Managers learn to become just bosses"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The average employee is fantastic. When you find a great manager, they are a pleasure to work for. There are opportunities to grow one's career around the world.

    Cons

    Having spent more than two decades at this company I can assure you that (with very few exceptions) managers are trained by boss expectations to manage upward. Their employees are valued for what they can produce to make the manager look good and nothing else.

    The company attempts to portray itself as a benevolent organization where each employee cares as much for their customer as for profit or individual advancement. Actually, shareholders, executives and the C Suite think short term profit above all else unless forced to by govt pressure. The company is extraordinarily risk averse.

    Every 2 or 3 years they introduce a new "philosophy" or cultural change that "will improve employees' and/or customer's lives". These changes are implemented from the bottom up, top management/executives are exempt. i.e. destined to fade into oblivion.


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    "More politics, less science, less communications"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company with good benefits, has good long term strategy. Ability to buy new companies that adds to scientific strategy.

    Cons

    Tries to look like a fair and good company, but actions taken are usually for the business profits made by company, with less concern for employees. Politics and personal gains dictates most decisions at a manager - employee level, decreasing motivation from employee’s side.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be in each employee’s shoes and help the bright and smart people to want to stay in this company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A headless giant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money with really great benefits. They have a good mission statement. But leadership and Management is useless. Won’t stick around here for long.

    Cons

    Toxic culture, mismanaged priorities, overworked employees not interested in collaboration, everyone’s looking for a promotion with limited or compromised delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Employees that stick around are the ones who don’t have an option. That’s a bad sign. Look into it.

  8. "Roche field service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Good training, company car, good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, short staff, large territory, weekend call

    Advice to Management

    Takes many years and good connections within the organization


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Toxic culture at Roche"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Products are best in class with regard to accuracy.

    Cons

    Careerists run this company. Only care about maintaining their status and jobs. Poor leadership throughout the company. Most leaders are lost and confused about their roles. Politics drive all decisions. Best employees either leave or are driven out.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up, hire competent people not because of political connections.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Perks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great building, subsidized meals, gym, bonus and high pay flexible work culture

    Cons

    decision making, slow to move, culture of consensus

    Advice to Management

    to much time is wasted doing internal sell jobs. employees could do so much more if they didn't have to "align" so much


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