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Roche Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Nice campus with good transportation.
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Management lacks experience in the positions that they are hired for. Some managers have no supervisory experience but are supervising people with management experience. Wrong decisions.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "From an intern perspective"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They make me feel wanted and welcomed at Roche. My coworkers treat me as a true colleague (even though I'm an intern) and are just as excited to learn from me as I am from them.

    Cons

    While the pay and benefits are amazing, it appears that the growth trajectory at Roche can be limited. This is a beloved company and many people work there 10, 20, even 40 years. With people working there so long, it makes it very difficult to move up (based on my observations)


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director of Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director Engineering in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - Associate Director Engineering in Florence, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Highly skilled work force, good talent

    Cons

    Location is difficult to recruite, volatile product portfolio

    Advice to Management

    Develop new SM business


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  5. "Roche Diagnostics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Surprise, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Surprise, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative company, leader in In Vitro Diagnostics. Well recognized for the quality of its products. Good work environment. Opportunities for development.

    Cons

    Sometimes some of the work to be done is appointed to a few people while others' colllaboration is reduced or none.


  6. "new at roche"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Roche has a very nice culture that promotes individuals to look for and move internally. This allows many opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    As a company recently acquired by Roche, the integration process has been rough. And, common to acquisitions, certain individuals have been negatively affected.

    Advice to Management

    Roche could do a better job of integrating companies it acquires. It could better state what the future plans are for the acquisition.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits and Global Diversity

    Cons

    Can be Bureaucratic and too dominant from HQ


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Roche is a great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Roche in 2012-2016, at the site in NY. Excellent company to work for. Great benefits, good salary, great environment, fantastic perks (often free food, celebrations, a very inexpensive cafe with food/drinks, attendance to sport and shows, etc). Great resources, interactive, and fantastic science. I loved my colleagues, the site, the company, both Roche and Genentech, and I recommend it to anybody looking for a good job, with excellent science, people, benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Process, process, process... like any big Pharma, too many processes, and very rigid, hurt innovation. Way too many governance committees make getting something approved a painful process. And a waste of time. But if you are organized, and can accept this over-governance issue, Roche is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify governance. Governance committees have become a turf war where all alpha males speak loud and it's a waste of time to really good scientists. Roche is a great company to work for and you are making it very difficult to innovate. Simplify decision making, simplify processes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Highly Stressful Environment (Ventana Medical Systems)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Never get bored, always have plenty to do, salary is good, benefits are good

    Cons

    Managers with decent communication skills are the exception, not the norm; work load is excessive; work / life balance is poor, because the work load is so high and timelines are seriously aggressive. Cultural values are great, but generally only get "lip service."

    Advice to Management

    Hire a permanent professional coach / therapist who can work with individuals / teams as frequently as needed, to improve communication skills


  10. "Great Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - QA Senior Technical Manager in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - QA Senior Technical Manager in Florence, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment with challenging assignments and great compensation package.

    Cons

    None of any significance at all.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. "Senior Sales Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great pay, cool products and tons of flexibility

    Cons

    Similar struggles to other large biotech companies


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