- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I worked at Roche full-time (More than 5 years)
Benefits and overall compensation are very competitive, especially at the manager level. There are a lot of dedicated and talented people at Roche, many who are loyal, hard-working and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
The investment in people is beginning in earnest in terms of their development, growth and getting to an authentic workplace where issues get vetted (but the lifers sometimes get in the way).
There are a lot of "lifers" at Roche, people who have spent 20+ years with the organization - and it shows. Fresh ideas and approaches are slow to take hold and management has very long memories, making overcoming mistakes that are bound to happen as your career progresses very difficult. I've seen folks stalled even when they had strong advocates because of some impression that was made 7 or 8 years in the past.
Also, with the lifers, sometimes career advancement gets stiffled at a certain level. I saw "manager ready" folks compete over and over against other lifers for single management positions, some taking 5+ years to get into a spot, even though they were quite talented.
Roche is a huge organization - with a lot of links to other US and Global organizations. Reporting relationships and matrixing is on overload at times and who has the ability to make a decision can be very confusing. The amount of people that have to "get aligned" to get something done is astonishing - which is why in virtually every area EXCEPT R&D, the company is way behind global competitors in process and technology (Finance, IT, HR, Customer Support, etc). You will work hard - especially if you are salaried, as there is always more to do and arbitrary timelines to hit than there are resources to get it done.
Advice to Management
Let go of the past and be willing to take more risks. Don't be so afaid of failure that you don't even try - especially with people. Growth and development is really cut short when good people are let go for risk taking or making mistakes that are non-critical to the business. Recognize that most people are giving you everything they have - and when they hit a roadblock, try giving them something back in the way of compassion and grace - instead of showing them the door. Stay engaged so irritants don't become problems, because when you do come down to earth and notice it - you feel your only options are drastic when earlier engagement could have prevented many problems. Don't be afraid of authenticity when you see it.
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