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18 October 2019

What are other benefits and incentives like at Roche?

Pros

I am so happy to be a part of this great team. I am a newer employee and I have found that my Manager and colleagues are so supportive and helpful to my growth in this role. Management is open and transparent with goals/objectives and really supportive of One Roche. Great benefits, compensation and adaptive work environment. I love working at my dream job!

Cons

There are no cons to working here!

Advice to Management

Keep up the great work.

Great benefits, compensation and adaptive work environment.

18 October 2019

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18 February 2020

Does Roche offer a yearly bonus?

Pros

you could work remotely ( once or two times a week), and you could have a balance between life and work.

Cons

The managing style is highly hierarchical. The manager not necessary are very aware of the state of the art techniques ( even not familiar with the field), yet they would micro-manage every step of you. Lack of knowledge even on very basic practices in domains such as computer science, machine learning, or data science. Minor: There is a mismatch between what is advertised on their web page, and what they would offer you in reality. As an engineer, you are not equipped with high-end laptops. You are not going to have an workstation or a stationary desk at work (only a laptop). As a temporary employee, you have no new year bonus or any benefit as a permanent employee. If you are not an EU citizen you will mainly get an L permit to work in Switzerland for a temporary position which is not a good permit.

As a temporary employee, you have no new year bonus or any benefit as a permanent employee.

18 February 2020

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5 December 2019

Does Roche offer stock options?

Pros

Competitive compensation Excellent Benefits Great Management Growth opportunities Great atmosphere

Cons

No stock options Better car selections (More SUV)

Advice to Management

Provide stock options for employees. Otherwise, keep up the great work!

No stock options

5 December 2019

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28 February 2020

What is working from home like at Roche?

Pros

Okay salary, good benefits, good employee events, excellent pipeline and the right ethos. A lot of people say the right things and possibly even mean them.

Cons

People spend a lot of time talking in circles in meetings, get to the end, panic and try to fit in 1 hour of "meaningful" discussion and assigning actions into 5 minutes, and repeat every fortnight. Nobody actually does anything but are always busy! Productivity is much lower than it should be; very little self-motivation and use of initiative (gets overlooked by managers who are concerned with their own career progression more than anything else). The only pharma I know without a guaranteed flexible working policy. You're expected to be in the office in this dull town unless you have a specific reason agreed with your line manager beforehand - no working from home. Lots of bureaucracy hindering change and complex processes required to navigate simple tasks but that is the same in every large company. Very little opportunity for progression; excellent opportunities for personal development but it will mean nothing unless you are one of the chosen few (largely under-qualified folk who "look" the part). You will be constantly overlooked if you want to move up within the company. My advice is to get the Roche name on your CV and leave for greener pastures.

Advice to Management

Practice what you preach when pledging diverse backgrounds and expertise for roles. You don't always have to look outside. Get rid of the people who aren't contributing any value. You know who they are and you let them get away with it.

You're expected to be in the office in this dull town unless you have a specific reason agreed with your line manager beforehand - no working from home.

28 February 2020

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3 November 2019

How is the work/life balance at Roche?

Pros

Good work life balance, environment with people and collaboration in focus, agile process oriented, a lot of trust for the employees

Cons

A lot of tensions between parties over who's in charge over the process, messy hierarchy and structure for someone on contract, you will have a lot of "chiefs" to report to. Distributed responsibility. Long decision chains. Hazy requirements.

Good work life balance, environment with people and collaboration in focus, agile process oriented, a lot of trust for the employees

3 November 2019

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