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Roche Reviews

Updated 7 August 2014
Updated 7 August 2014
473 Reviews

3.9
473 Reviews
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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65 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Roche has excellent benefits, makes a profit consistently and has a great work life balance (in 32 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Tracking of time spent on projects and work-life balance a low consideration (in 15 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.  

    Consistent Change!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    Pros

    Office location, majority of people at the company have a true desire to engage and make work more than just a job.

    Cons

    Senior leaders are too far removed from the operations and day to day activities, especially within the IT organization. There's not enough walking the walk when it comes to people development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When stating that the employees are the greatest asset, show it, don't just say it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    large corporate envirment with a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    there can be a learning curve for someone who is new to the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    IT in the US be wary, good company overall.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Solution Manager  in  Nutley, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Technology Solution Manager in Nutley, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Good benefits for all Roche employees.
    Highly competitive salaries with bonus and depending on your level, stock options.
    They do a great job of providing top notch healthcare, dental, 401k matching and so forth.
    They value personal time and all the managers I had were great to work for except one (he is no longer with the company).
    I would still be with the company if they didn't shut down the location I was at.
    Each time I was impacted by a restructured job, I was able to get a 10% retention bonus for my stress (you would get it if you stayed to your end date as well).
    Very good severance package when large groups are impacted.

    Cons

    I worked for Roche for 14 years and other than the last 5-6 years it was a great company. My advice is if you are working for Roche in the IT area, you are at risk of yearly stress of losing your job due to restructuring and sending jobs around the company/world. In the past 6 years, my job was impacted 4-5 times. I had to either apply for a new job or take a package and leave. All of these were due to OPEX realignment of personnel. Senior management would move head count from one location to another without always understanding what they were doing. The latest push in the US is to send IT to Genentech in CA, Madrid, Spain or back to Basel, Switzerland. The Nutley location was closed down after 100 years of service and the US headquarters shifted to Genentech.

    The merger of Roche and Genentech has not been the smoothest. Each company is still a separate entity and supported by different IT departments.

    Genentech has not experienced the headcount loss experience as of my last day. They are in for a shock once it does. You have to keep in mind that Roche is the typical Swiss based company, and Gene is the typical San Francisco company. They are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Roche is extremely process driven, cost conscious (with regards to IT) and doesn't like to deviate. Gene is agile and flexible with the mentality of "get the work done as quick as possible." They don't let cost act as barrier necessarily. Gene is able to bypass process and make their internal customers happy with rapid turn around times. This is the direction Roche is trying to go but with processes still in the picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the constant reorganizations. Once we finally get everything working again, there is another change and efficiency is lost again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked for Roche for considerable period of time. Enjoyed the challenges and work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great colleagues always willing to help and cooperate. Hard working and motivated people. Good and friendly working environment. Well remunerated. Good advantage & benefit program.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in management. Must have high adaptability. Though have clear company values, it can be challenging, not to say difficult, to seriously demonstrate them when you continuously have to start anew with new managers. Little opportunity for growth. Too much bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Nothing they treat you great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unique company culture and meaningful business model

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Communication  in  Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Corporate Communication in Basel (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Smart and collaborative colleagues across different functions, pretty much everyone I've met wants to do "the right thing", when it comes to serving patients, good work-life balance and fair compensation. The company is very international, but still has a bit of a "family feel" to it. Managers are actually concerned with respecting people's time off. The company has a great legacy and remains at the forefront of medical research, great basic commitment to innovation and people.

    Cons

    Career planning is up to how well you are at managing yourself in a decentralised matrix organisation. Can be a great opportunity, but don't wait for someone to offer you something just because you've been around for some time. Implementation is bottom-up, allowing a lot of room for new ideas, but making strategic decision-making long and cumbersome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more visible in the organisation. Roche is very decentralised, which is good. But low visibility can look like lack of strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Statistical Programming Analyst Intern

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    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Intern
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Intern

    Pros

    Great work environment. Colleagues are really nice and friendly. People can learn a lot of things regarding to Clinical trial. There are plenty of training for new employee, which are really helpful.

    Cons

    Need handle multiple projects in the same time, so it will be a little stressful sometimes. The responsibility is overlap between some department, so it may lead some confusing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Associate  in  Nutley, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Associate in Nutley, NJ (US)

    Pros

    It was good when lasted

    Cons

    Nutley site was closed in 2013.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place to learn & start

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Taipei (Taiwan)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Taipei (Taiwan)

    Pros

    - Great office culture
    - Amazing mentors
    - Made life-long friendship

    Cons

    - Lack of company business strategy
    - First time they offered an internship program, so they were not as organized as you'd expect; which ended up being a good thing because we worked together in creating a program guideline that is tailored for me

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Roche Molecular Systems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Management  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Management in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    Pros

    This is specific to RMS - the Roche Pleasanton location.

    None

    Cons

    Sr. Management is very sleazy and nonstop pathological lying is the culture. They will push subpar/incomplete products out the door only to collect bonus $$ - then spend $$ millions having to redo or correct critical design errors ultimately taking years to correct.

    Work/Life balance is nonexistent and travel requirements are significantly higher than competitive /peer companies.

    Leadership style is "fear" based -- "Lie to customers or be fired" is the SOP

    RMD should be considered an embarrassment to Roche Holdings in terms of integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the pathological lying
    Stop pushing products out the door that will fail for the first 3 years or more until fixed or finished

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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