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Roche Welwyn Garden City Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  1. "Would 10/10 recommend to a friend"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "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


  4. "Roche Welwyn"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacovigilance Scientist II in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Pharmacovigilance Scientist II in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and flexible employer

    Cons

    Duplication of effort is a common theme


  5. "Roche Products Limited"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package, flexible and valuable to employees. Good medical care and great selection of other benefits.

    Cons

    A very political place to work, and some people have been there a very long time.

    Advice to Management

    Need to reconsider how you treat people going on maternity leave to ensure that they are fairly treated e.g. bonus is not incorrectly paid.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits , shares , pension option - good place to work - good working environment and nice people

    Cons

    Sometimes too much pressure at times but that is probably with all jobs - but overall good place to work

    Advice to Management

    Good management overall


  7. "Good company with way too much complexity"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, people development, interesting work

    Cons

    Way too many processes and complexity created due to heirarchy and need for everyone to feel consulted, as a result, everyone is 'busy' trying to keep people happy while projects move in a glacial pace

    Advice to Management

    Simplification of projects is needed, true prioritisation, meeting culture needs to be addressed, people who excel need to be rewarded, not just the people who know how to please others

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Biosample Operations Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Biosample Operations Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with visionary leadership
    Great bonus and benefits
    Work from home options
    My job offered me the chance to gain lots of experience which looks great on my CV
    Company is very open to moving between departments if the opportunities arise and line managers are expected to be supportive towards this.

    Cons

    As expected of big Pharma, multiple layers of management
    Communication from upper management could be better though if you have a good line manager, she/he will more than make up for this where they can
    Sometimes difficult to progress depending on the state of the department - resourcing was difficult at times, therefore workload could be very high


  9. "24hr workiing!!!! Colleagues work till 11p.m Crazy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice environment, colleagues are ok, work with you to get the job done

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers, constant change messing career prospect.. Some managers are out for themselves

    Advice to Management

    Training and listen to ground force


  10. "UK Welwyn Garden City - Awful experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building in the UK. Fun and engaging activities throughout the year.

    Cons

    HR and Management turn a blind eye to bullying and harassment in the workplace. They are unwilling to help colleagues or listen to problems that involve managers.

    Advice to Management

    Train and continue to develop all line managers.


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