Roche Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
510 Reviews
3.9
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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!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    I work within a great team and i am fortunate to have a very supportive Manager who encourages me, pushes me outside my comfort level and who wants to develop me and see me succeed. I have been fortunate that in over 10 years with the company I have always had great managers and for that reason I have developed into various roles in my time here (in various countries). I love my job and love the people I work with.

    Cons

    It's impossible to do anything fast! If you want to implement something you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get it done. This is especially the case with IT....the documentation in IT is a killer and when you're not an IT person it can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think in order for our organisation to be more agile we need to take a leaner approach to projects and the documentation required in order to ensure a speedy implementation. The other thing I would say is that Roche spends a lot of money each year on contractors. These contractors have been with Roche for a long time and I think it would be more economical for the company and a much better experience for those employees if they were made permanent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for. Nice corporate culture and respect for one another

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Warsaw (Poland)

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

    Pros

    Many sports benefits, nice office, nice equipment

    Cons

    Salary and bands, beaurocracy, decision making process

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work atmosphere, too much bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    - Respect for employees' work/life balance. Salaried employees have some flexibility in work hours. Most managers are willing to work with you on this, as long as you're a reliable employee with no performance issues.
    - Excellent vacation and health benefits (includes dental, vision, prescription, retirement savings/401k)
    - Friendly and respectful work atmosphere
    - Plenty of learning and career development opportunities (includes tuition reimbursement)
    - Employee appreciation events and activities are very nice and well-organized - company not afraid to spend money to reward employees for hard work
    - Good on-site cafeterias/food service
    - Challenging work - very bright colleagues who will push and inspire you to do your best.

    Cons

    - Very risk-averse, to the point where project implementation is difficult and can drag on for months. Too much red tape and documentation are required to get any project off the ground.
    - The trade-off for the great benefits is that salaries can be 10K lower than what you'd find elsewhere for a similar job title/role.
    - Success within your career path depends mostly on who you know and how well you fit with your direct manager's personal focus and leadership style. Employees who are stuck in a rut career-wise can become "unstuck" by moving to a different department/manager.
    - Managers spend too much time in meetings and travelling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Find ways to streamline project development and implementation, including cutting down on needless, unhelpful documentation and layers of bureaucracy.
    - Cut down on meetings and travel for managers.
    - Encourage managers to sit with employees once a month and understand the day-to-day work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Doing now what patients need next

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great company and great benefits!

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

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Better than market rate and lot of value for ppl!

    Cons

    Its a great place to be. No complains at all.

  11.  

    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

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