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Updated September 9, 2017
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  1. "Field service engineer"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good cars package deals etc

    Cons

    Need more engineers. Very busy


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly, human and messy"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Roche is a very very human company where people's opinion and contribution is encouraged. It's not just empty words, your opinion really matters. Moreover they really believe in having a good work life balance. Of course you need to be productive but Roche will take care of you the same way your family would...

    Cons

    The flip side is of course that decision take longer than in other companies (because all opinions are welcome). Some people get frustrated by it.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people by giving a sense of accountability (not only responsibility). People feel prouder when they can say that something they work on was "theirs".

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Reporting specialist"

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    Current Employee - Reporting Specialist in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Reporting Specialist in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and assignments to different locations around the globe. Good to see an industry leader in personalized healthcare. Good work-life balance. Ambitious plans for future.

    Cons

    Communication from management could be improved. If you have a problem with your management HR is not supportive at all. Processes sometimes can be too complex and impenetrable.

    Advice to Management

    People is your most valuable asset which is often voiced but sometimes and at some departments it is rarely felt. Not just say it, walk the talk!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Medical Director in Welwyn, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Director in Welwyn, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibile working, friendly people, always ready to hel, diverse interesting projects and loads of expertise onsite

    Cons

    Senior management can be obtuse, HR processes are achingly slow, a lot of institutionalised people

    Advice to Management

    Listen, I mean really listen to your staff. Surveys and mutual appreciation societies like team building archery are not working


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Thoughts on"

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    Current Employee - Communications in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Communications in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable innovation in parts of the company

    Cons

    Conservative middle management holds things back


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Would 10/10 recommend to a friend"

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    Current Employee - Drug Safety Specialist in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Drug Safety Specialist in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love working here! I genuinely believe in the company tagline "Doing now what patients need next" and feel that most of the workforce also believe in this and feel that they are contributing to helping patients (regardless of job role). The benefit package is pretty generous although the wages are a little low compare to similar sized pharma companies. There are flexible work hours and the ability to work from home several days a week if you like. The work life balance is good and the people I work with are really knowledgeable and approachable.

    Cons

    Salary is a little lower than for similar sized pharma companies and WGC is an expensive town with not much to do in/nearby unless you want to go in London which is not what I want to do if I just fancy a quick drink after work with my colleagues.

    In terms of work, it's hard to find information sometimes as it is almost hoarded in teams. If you ask for the info you'll get it but it's hard to know what's available as it's not readily shared when it should be. Information and updates sometimes take a while to filter down through management and occasionally it feels a little a little disjointed.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior medical manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Medical Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of research projects and interesting opportunities to develop

    Cons

    Turnover is very high and this impacts workload

  8. "Very good for atmosphere but worst for processes"

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    Current Contractor - Global Studies Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Global Studies Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere
    Friendly people
    Good salary packages
    Company events

    Cons

    Duplication of work
    Too much dependency on traditional methods
    Resistance to change
    Overlapping responsibilities
    Too many resources for a single task

    Advice to Management

    Hierarchy is important.


  9. "Technical sale specialist"

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    Current Employee - Technical Sale Representative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Sale Representative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company value, strong product range, good it supports for field based people.

    Cons

    Hard to progress when one is field based.

    Advice to Management

    Good management


  10. "Good Employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)

    Pros

    work life balance is good. flexible working to fit around your personal circumstances

    Cons

    no clear processes, need to consolidate a lot of processes


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