Roche FAQ

All answers shown come directly from Roche Reviews and are not edited or altered.

See questions about:

(select only 1)
Benefits
Career Development
Compensation
Coworkers
Culture
Diversity And Inclusion
Management
Senior Leadership
Work Life Balance
Workplace

2 English questions out of 2

3 December 2020

How is management perceived at Roche?

Pros

Great senior leadership, fantastic colleagues & peers, excellent patient-focused mission, outstanding reputation in the field. Working at Roche will open a lot of doors beyond given the brand and threshold required to gain employment. Everyone in Dia wants to work at Roche, so when jobs become available you're competing against the best of the best.

Cons

Each manager I had at Roche was a good individual contributor, often a leader among peers, but a terrible at managing people. Roche has a tendency to promote people who deliver results and view management as a way to give a career path for top performers, instead of carefully considering management roles for people who have skills for the role. This is likely common in most industries, but I found middle managers at Roche to be obsessed with their own personal career ambitions as opposed to being considerate of those of their team. Some were boldly two-faced, showing their best side to their peers and superiors and worst to the team below, and often the only forum to account for this is the 2-year GEOS survey. But often middle managers fire employees to game their own management ranking, which has the added effect of ensuring subordination of those who remain on the team. That said Roche is extremely progressive in their HR policies, I would not be surprised to see them calibrate this over time, and Roche also offers phenomenal leadership development programs and continuing education to help build soft skills. The problem is the self-centered middle managers who are only thinking about their next career step, and a lack of opportunities for candid manager feedback outside of GEOS. Pay is also considerably lower than the market rate in the industry, but career opportunities and benefits are top-notch.

Advice to Management

Consider end-of-year reviews where teams evaluate their manager as well. What I found is that managers are gaming the 2-year GEOS survey where they weed out the ones who are likely to give them low marks and justify it by any means possible, then fake like they care about the team in the lead-up to the survey. Instituting an annual 360 check of the manager, or even biannual, could force those self-centered managers to focus on team needs more consistently.

This is likely common in most industries, but I found middle managers at Roche to be obsessed with their own personal career ambitions as opposed to being considerate of those of their team.

3 December 2020

See 139 more answers

6 May 2020

Are employees at Roche generally happy and/or satisfied?

Pros

Great environment, best benefits and respect for people

Cons

Limited opportunities to grow within the company

Advice to Management

Better focus and Look for internal talents

Great environment, best benefits and respect for people

6 May 2020

See 138 more answers

2 English questions out of 2