Roche Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
476 Reviews

3.8
476 Reviews
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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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.  

    Traditional Large Company

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    Former Employee - Internal Communications Consultant  in  Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Internal Communications Consultant in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at Roche part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay was very competitive, the Indianapolis site has many nice facilities, and many employees had been working there for several years. There was a since of loyalty and security with the company.

    Cons

    Everything was very traditional, especially the cubical environment I worked in. It was very much a 'clock in, clock out' culture. The size of the company made it difficult to get things done without going up a fairly sizable chain of command.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should try to engage with employees a bit more. Those I worked with seemed overworked, so it was understandably tough for them to socialize much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you can tolerate politics and sub-par technology

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The salary, benefits, and people are absolutely fantastic. One of very few organizations that truly believes in their mission and corporate values. People who work in sciences and support truly care about their customers and the patient and will do whatever it takes to deliver the highest quality.

    Cons

    In order to move up, you need to be in the right meetings with the right people and say the right things. The technology platforms are old and decisions are made based on what is familiar rather than what is best. Doing your best work doesn't mean anything unless you're likable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the times, make decisions that are best for the customer rather than what's comfortable with yourself, and lean on your team members that actually have demonstrated experience and competence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent company worldwide. But LGBT applicants should avoid the Canada office as unwelcoming and burdensome.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The office space is generous. Telepresence technology is top of the line. There is plenty of room for growth and an esprit in the company which promises growth.

    Cons

    Social Management committees explicitly and vehemently excluded LGBT elements even as simple as rainbow flags from the corporate sponsored Diversity Day (a day which in all corporations is designed to recognize and celebrate all minorities).
    While Insulting LGBT personnel is considered rude as a rule, mockery of heterosexual personnel as being gay is acceptable, vocal, and not uncommon, even in the presence of LGBT personnel.
    It is not uncommon for personnel to express personal disgust at the idea of homosexuality & transgendered individuals are mocked in a manner utterly devoid of sympathy or compassion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please educate the Mississauga culture to live in time with the greater Roche culture. As it stands, wfh is my strategy to dealing with these problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Roche Response

    Jun 16, 2014International Program Manager Attraction and Sourcing

    Thank you for raising your concern we have policies and practices that value diversity and inclusion. We also understand that individuals may hold different views towards LGBT and know it can be ... More

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  5.  

    Very challenging

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    Former Employee - Procurement Manager  in  Algiers (Algeria)
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Algiers (Algeria)

    I worked at Roche full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I decided to work for a pharma company to help and contribute for patients therapy and medicines.

    Cons

    Roche Algeria is chaotic and disorganized company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the whole top management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Branford, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Branford, CT (US)

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, 15 days of holiday, great career possibilities

    Cons

    Roch has the atmosphere of a big cooperation, slow decision, a lot hirachy ...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    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

  8.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Poor Senior Management, no leadership and micro-managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Nothing they treat you great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unique company culture and meaningful business model

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

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 3 years

    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

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