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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!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    Not challenged to make a difference.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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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  5. 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


  6. "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, and people

    Cons

    Getting into NY city can be a pain

    Advice to Management

    move office location


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Large company with rewarding career"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Powerful vision and passion for the customer
    Helping people with health care concerns is a huge motivation

    Cons

    Working in health care environment is challenging with constant, seemingly random changes at times
    Tight-knit departments can be torn apart by cold corporate decisions


  8. "CEO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very good place to be.

    Cons

    None at all at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Good, very very good and more.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Respected company, great benefits, too much bureaucracy"

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is highly respected and a good corporate citizen. Comprehensive benefits package is top of the line, particularly the medical benefits. Opportunity to work with very bright and highly motivated colleagues. Good work-life balance, if you are fortunate enough to land on the right team, with the right manager. Despite a rather conservative company culture, Roche is taking steps in the right direction toward diversity and inclusiveness. Employees are treated respectfully, and provided with special events and other perks to maintain team/department cohesiveness and morale. The campus and buildings are beautiful.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, needlessly complex business processes and excessive risk aversion hurt both the company and employees. Frequent changes in organizational strategies in some divisions, which usually lead to layoffs. Some areas can be highly political. Despite all the resources the company puts into career development, moving into a new position is difficult, especially if outside one's own department. Hiring managers often have unrealistic expectations about the level of specific experience required to perform a job. Some jobs, particularly in IT, have surprisingly low salary ranges.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value employees and seek diversity and inclusion. Work to simplify business processes and take reasonable risks to keep company agile and foster innovation. Empower employees with decision-making power at the lowest possible hierarchy level. Review salary ranges and barriers to career movement; emphasize the value of transferable skills and experience.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Diabetes Solutions Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Diabetes Solutions Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Diabetes Solutions Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with here!

    Cons

    Recent downsizing due to Medicare reimbursement of blood glucose strips


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company with Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Accounting Analyst in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has a great combination of benefits and the opportunity to be exposed to a good corporate culture.

    Cons

    Advancement is far more difficult even with networking. Work-life balance is very dependant on your department and people leaders. Pay bands are very limiting and do not always make sense.


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