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Updated November 6, 2017
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  1. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research H Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research H Associate in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for! Outstanding technology!

    Cons

    Didn't take off fast enough and was bought out by the big guys.

    Advice to Management

    Why have company meetings when you're not honest about how the company is really doing? It's terrible to give employees false hope.


  2. "ATLAS is the Rolls Royce of Pathogen detection technology."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roka Bioscience full-time

    Pros

    Employees are very knowledgeable about the technology with great connections back to parent company.

    Cons

    It shut down operations in September, 2017 in preparation to being sold.

  3. "roka bio"

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    Current Employee - QC Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - QC Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company good culture and many great hard working people

    Cons

    There really no con about this company


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Laughing stock of the foodborne illness pathogen detection industry"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Roka Bioscience (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Expired Coca-Cola, pretending to be amused with bad jokes with upper management. Everyday is an exercise in self depreciating company humour.

    Cons

    Cronyism, wasteful human resources located in New Jersey for California operations. Dead-end job with no room for growth. Upper management places staff into cubicles while droves of offices surrounding cubicles are empty simply as a power play. Management ran the company into the ground while competitors gained a foothold. Within the industry Roka is the laughing stock with poor technology that has failed to launch and a haphazard, slipshod disorganized repair personnel department.The company has had 7 major lay-offs within the last 6 years with little or no warning to the poor souls that stuck with the beleaguered company through its' many financial blunders and catastrophes. The company was and currently is being investigated by the SEC for fraud rendering their stock worthless. They recently went bankrupt and had an asset sale to salvage the rest of the business so shareholders could get a few pennies to the dollar on their lost investments. There is no room for growth within this company and the work environment is stifling and oppressive. The management has clear favorites and punishes those which of whom do indeed have innovative ideas to steer the meandering train wreck of an organization back on track and par. The organization is similar to a playground of elementary children deciding to have a lemonade-stand business with a group of bullies during a recess.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate wasteful Human Resource Department in New Jersey to where the company actually is in San Diego. Human Resources is out of touch with wanton whims while jet-setting on the corporate credit card dictating to San Diego awkward expectations and meetings along with exceedingly bad jokes.


  5. "Great small company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoy working for my Manager and with others who worked there. Good location is to get to.

    Cons

    Company did not grow fast enough. Company had trouble getting customers to switch to our technology


  6. "Good for experience"

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Chemist in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Chemist in Chula Vista, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is fast-paced but pretty organized. This position offers a variety of work and is good for experience. They also have a great manufacturing team

    Cons

    Need more structured training, communication, unclean labs. # # # # m m m m m m m m m

    Advice to Management

    Communicate, do not be hesitant to give advice, clearer SOP's


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - QC Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - QC Chemist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Roka Bioscience (Less than a year)

    Pros

    the best thing about this place is that the people are helpful. the atmosphere is also great.

    Cons

    not consistent with upper management. a lot of laid off. thats about it

  8. "Commercial Team Member"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roka Bioscience full-time

    Pros

    Lots of change. Team communication is clear between departments. Strategy is clear and customers are adopting technology through evaluations. Stock price is not representative of the financial stability.

    Cons

    Not a con but a current status on what might be a legacy concern in the market. The product is solid. Like most start ups who are brand new to market space the learning curve was difficult. That said the cost, quality of kits and the instrument robustness have all improved with great focus on customer feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to customers and react quickly. Follow through with your key value propositions.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Needs improvement."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the people working here are nice people with good attitudes. Sometimes we could go home a little early on Fridays.

    Cons

    Ironically, the company is ramping up production but insists on running with an overworked skeleton crew. People leave but are never replaced. Promotions are almost unheard of at the lower level positions. Only the fat cats get fatter here. The medical plan is also poor and has surprise charges and large deductibles.

    Advice to Management

    Having the New Jersey office is a luxury that can no longer be afforded. Consolidate in San Diego and do the shareholders a favor by reducing this wasteful spending. Also, try promoting people in departments other than just sales all the time.


  10. "Applications Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roka Bioscience full-time

    Pros

    Hard working environment, very friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Many changes in very short periods


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