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Roche Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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  • Company offers good benefits and work-life balance too (in 99 reviews)

  • Good benefits for entire family; commute is easy for people from all sides of Indianapolis; Great work/life balance (in 73 reviews)

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  1. "Opportunity to improve career development for current employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carmel, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    New Indianapolis facilities
    Focus on improving lives of patients
    Cafeteria and other on campus amenities
    Managers listen and care in many groups

    Cons

    Investing heavily in bringing very young millennials on while making significantly less investment in current employee career development opportunities. Strong investment in rotation programs for recent college grads while not investing in current employees. Several employee career development on campus events and high potential programs in Indy were canceled or had funding slashed in 2016 while new investments were made in bringing recent college grads on. Also, significantly less focus and resources are dedicated to providing tools to current employees to develop and advance.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    The benefits, flexibility, interesting work and peers.

    Cons

    Women are advanced over men

    Advice to Management

    Afford men the same opportunities as women


  3. "Great place to intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The people are amazing and dedicated
    -Managers care about you and take active role in your personal and professional development
    -The work that is going in the company is truly meaningful
    -Meaningful projects with impact (even for an intern!)

    Cons

    -None really. Only thing is that gym and cafeteria could be expanded.


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  5. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Branchburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Branchburg, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is an amazing place to work. Teamwork atmosphere. Just an overall great place to work and build your resume.

    Cons

    None. It is a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  6. "Associate Principal Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Verona, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Verona, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche (Less than a year)

    Pros

    World class pharmaceutical research conducted here.

    Cons

    Company slow to adopt the most recent technologies due to an ultra conservative approach.

    Advice to Management

    Experiment more with the newer technologies!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to work - very nice people, work culture is great, and tremendous opportunity to grow and explore career opportunities

    Cons

    As a contractor, the benefits provided could be much better.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Medical Scientific Affairs - Clinical Operations and Biometrics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall the company is on the better side of biotech and innovative when it comes to diagnostics. Functional leads and support staff are great to work with, and the work is straight forward.

    Cons

    Middle Management

    Some of the directors and senior managers are not competent (many are though).

    The incompetent ones are the obvious elephants in the room, but upper management doesn't seem to reprimand appropriately, and prefers to sweep it under the rug with a guise of using the Culture of Accountability versus tackling the problem head on.

    The incompetent middle management personality types fall into two main categories: they are either never around, or they are micro-managers who don't know what they are talking about and mask their ignorance and incompetence by questioning and talking condescendingly to functional study team members.

    The micro-managers get so wrapped up in details of everything, but they're never around to know the details so they endlessly scrutinize all the work the study teams performs which inevitably stresses out the team members who deal with the details and study work on a daily basis. It would be one thing if they understood processes and had valid, constructive feedback and points to make, but they question and scrutinize for the sake of hiding their own lack of knowledge and to feed their superiority complexes at the end of the day so they can go home feeling accomplished for doing something other than complaining and pushing emails all day.

    The micro-managers also have a double standard of what they require of functional study team staff compared to what they provide themselves. They require transparency but do not complete the flow by being transparent downward (even to their own staff); They harp other functional areas to complete dependencies sooner than expected to compensate for their own delays in timelines.

    This ultimately crushes morale and turns staff off from even wanting to interactive with these individuals.

    Advice to Management

    - Scrap having middle management sign off on study documentation and leave this to the functional leads

    - Before they send out interrogating emails and belittle member in the occasional study team meetings they attend, have middle management train on processes and work instructions which they clearly don't understand due to just clicking a training button in the training system

    - Above all, stop ignoring the issue as to why staff keeps leaving. Clearly there is a pattern.


  9. "Clinical Laboratory Accessioning Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    No cons. Company cares about employees


  10. "diabetes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    frequent flier miles, they let you keep them. The company cafeteria is very nice with good food variety. Great stepping stone and learning enviroment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth within certain divisions. Management team is stale and grouped to save their own jobs, not strong innovation when it comes to strategy

    Advice to Management

    My advice for management is to start fresh with new ideas, new management, new marketing , new strategy


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Good experience, limited upward mobility, issues with sexism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Affairs in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Medical Affairs in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Cutting edge products, great people to work with. Leadership encourage innovation. Culture of accountability.

    Cons

    Old boys network. Job blocking to maintain key talent in roles as long as possible. Limited opportunity for growth. Sexism both implicit and overt. Not enough women leaders and male leadership holding positions for far too long.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at culture of sexism and old boys network that rewards males with less skills and accomplishments over females due to favoritism. Females must work twice as hard for half the credit. Take a serious look at your value system and begin to walk the talk. Ditch the archaic east coast 80s conservative corporate culture and step into the Twenteens! Your business culture should mirror your sense of leading cutting edge in technology. Spend more time in the left coast and evolve.



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