Roche Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
506 Reviews
3.9
506 Reviews
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
Severin Schwan
86 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Roche has excellent benefits, makes a profit consistently and has a great work life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • They are very inflexible about working from home and there is little work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Great internal career opportunity cross country.
    Great life-work balance
    great benefits

    Cons

    Salary is not in the top rank, compared to Pharma competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist Representative in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist Representative in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked my own hours, I produced as I saw fit, as long as I produced they left me alone. all in all in was an ideal job for a top producer and someone as driven as me. I couldn't have asked for a better career, until the industry went south.

    Cons

    Dishonest, big on lip service, poor on follow through even if they expect it from the folks in the field, corporate greed, lots of posturing, typical Nazi stereotype...all at Roche

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some. Integrity is sexy, concepts such as honor, character and ethics are sorely lacking at the top. We did in the field as we saw above at the corporate office.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Doing now what patients need next

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    People that work at Roche are proud to say that they work for the company. There is a sense of a family feeling here as employees seem to truly care about each other and the positive impact we have on the society.

    Cons

    As in many other companies that are doing well - there is a certain resistance to change. Things seem 'perfect' on the outside but when you look closer you see that there are some things that need to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how we may improve information channels and stakeholder management between marketing, medical and market access.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company with friendly management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and travel allowances.

    Cons

    None so far.I have nothing to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Rewarding experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, corporate culture, sector

    Cons

    Any Cons at the moment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Experience in Roche

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Assistant
    Current Employee - Department Assistant

    I have been working at Roche as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not applicable as this is a contract person and the reporting officer was delegating photocopying duties only

    Cons

    There was no dialogue and went straight to human resources to resolve the matter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a dialogue before escalating

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Glad I did it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits compared to other American healthcare-related companies
    Great culture at office/plant campuses
    Technology/clinical leader in diagnostics - best-in-class or close for most product types

    Cons

    Difficult to get to know others well if you are in the field
    Very sales driven - especially on some dead horses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    POLITICAL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CCO in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - CCO in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Roche full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good buildings and interesting stuff

    Cons

    poor pay and interesting stuff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Genentehc is cooler

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    If you want a job as a cog in a machine. Here's one.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    There is great job security here, but not really much room for ambition. If you don't mind doing the same thing until the end of your career than this is a place for you. There are not many leadership opportunities, and those that are come rarely but last for life. In healthcare work-life balance is an afterthought. You must make that a personal goal to achieve for yourself, or else the company will use as much as you give and ask for more. Great benefits though.

    Cons

    The diagnostics division is not generally considered revenue generating, and as such all things are seen in that light. You can only do as good a breaking even so most successes seem muted. The is little room for advancement. You will work with an aging workforce that is waiting for someone to tell them to retire. The company resources in-house are world class, but the field is left to their own devices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care to investigate employee work-life balance. Structure your teams with an equal parts experience, ambition, energy, and knowledge. Question local behaviors and activities and match them with the corporate perks. Take care of the field employees and do not overtly make them feel like an expense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    my opinion as a contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PMO Communication Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PMO Communication Manager in Basel (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of projects for contract that are interesting and challenging with a highly diversed workforce. Most of the colleagues are really great. If you do your networking well - you might get hired for the next project.

    Cons

    No appreciation at all for your contribution and too much political game playing instead of focusing on working efficiently on tasks ahead and within projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contractors often make the difference in your projects - don't make their work more difficult - trust them and longstanding employees should be more collaborative than territorial.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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