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Updated August 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "It's like molasses around here."

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

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

    Pros

    Nice gym. There are career opportunities available with great managers. But you also need a good HR person. Otherwise, it's like working with a dead white ancient pine tree.

    Cons

    Speaking of slow, everything moves slowly like how the grand canyon was made. Parking is getting very challenging. Benefits are worse than ever, co-pays are 10-20x than they use to be. Even the talent during the spring concert this year was sub par.

    Advice to Management

    It's ok for peers to help others. You may let them take their blinders off.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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

  3. "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


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "sales manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive based salary, large organization for lateral or upward career movement if you are liked.

    Cons

    No sales strategy, copies competition's sales tactics, reactive, never pro-active. Like many companies promotions are not based on performance.


  6. "Great company to work for with great people m"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche as a contractor

    Pros

    Brilliant co-workers, meaningful purpose to work, good benefits

    Cons

    Management needs to be more communicative/clear/up front about dos and do nots, new hire layout is in poor form and needs innovative structure with dynamic scalability to match the profile of Roche itself.

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicative and up front with employees and contractors. If there's a problem, learn to at the very least attempt to solve the problem instead of giving up with no form of communication to announce any dissatisfaction. Fix the contractor daily hour limit or better yet, get rid of hiring contractors with the intent of converting them to an official full-time role. It's too confusing for the individual as well as stressful on Roche management. The strict layout that prevents Roche management from communicating with contractor supplier companies is a recipe for disaster. Keep it simple and hire contractors for small specific tasks or projects, and hire an intended full time role the conventional way via Roche career portal.


  7. "Marketing"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Roche as a contractor

    Pros

    I worked with some really great, talented, hardworking people.

    Cons

    1.) Valued longevity, relationships and loyalty over people excellence and talent.

    2.) They would take advantage of contractors who were excellent and deserved to be hired. They would make promises they couldn't keep to encourage people to stay. I suspect this was to save on operational costs and headcount.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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


  9. "Call Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start a career

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  10. 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


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