Roche Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
505 Reviews
3.9
505 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 36 reviews)

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


Cons
  • They are very inflexible about working from home and there is little work-life balance (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.  

    Great work atmosphere, too much bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    - Respect for employees' work/life balance. Salaried employees have some flexibility in work hours. Most managers are willing to work with you on this, as long as you're a reliable employee with no performance issues.
    - Excellent vacation and health benefits (includes dental, vision, prescription, retirement savings/401k)
    - Friendly and respectful work atmosphere
    - Plenty of learning and career development opportunities (includes tuition reimbursement)
    - Employee appreciation events and activities are very nice and well-organized - company not afraid to spend money to reward employees for hard work
    - Good on-site cafeterias/food service
    - Challenging work - very bright colleagues who will push and inspire you to do your best.

    Cons

    - Very risk-averse, to the point where project implementation is difficult and can drag on for months. Too much red tape and documentation are required to get any project off the ground.
    - The trade-off for the great benefits is that salaries can be 10K lower than what you'd find elsewhere for a similar job title/role.
    - Success within your career path depends mostly on who you know and how well you fit with your direct manager's personal focus and leadership style. Employees who are stuck in a rut career-wise can become "unstuck" by moving to a different department/manager.
    - Managers spend too much time in meetings and travelling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Find ways to streamline project development and implementation, including cutting down on needless, unhelpful documentation and layers of bureaucracy.
    - Cut down on meetings and travel for managers.
    - Encourage managers to sit with employees once a month and understand the day-to-day work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent environment for work with ample resources for training

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

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and welcoming culture. Extensive investment in training of its employees. Good processes in place to facilitate workflow. Emphasis is on quality and not just speed. Projects are appropriately resourced

    Cons

    There are scheduling challenges when co-ordinating the San Francisco (3 hours west) and Basel (6 hours east) campuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Achieving cultural integration across the global sites is challenging. The overall organization can benefit by attending to these matters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Great internal career opportunity cross country.
    Great life-work balance
    great benefits

    Cons

    Salary is not in the top rank, compared to Pharma competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist Representative in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist Representative in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked my own hours, I produced as I saw fit, as long as I produced they left me alone. all in all in was an ideal job for a top producer and someone as driven as me. I couldn't have asked for a better career, until the industry went south.

    Cons

    Dishonest, big on lip service, poor on follow through even if they expect it from the folks in the field, corporate greed, lots of posturing, typical Nazi stereotype...all at Roche

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some. Integrity is sexy, concepts such as honor, character and ethics are sorely lacking at the top. We did in the field as we saw above at the corporate office.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Doing now what patients need next

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    People that work at Roche are proud to say that they work for the company. There is a sense of a family feeling here as employees seem to truly care about each other and the positive impact we have on the society.

    Cons

    As in many other companies that are doing well - there is a certain resistance to change. Things seem 'perfect' on the outside but when you look closer you see that there are some things that need to improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider how we may improve information channels and stakeholder management between marketing, medical and market access.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with friendly management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and travel allowances.

    Cons

    None so far.I have nothing to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Experience in Roche

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Assistant
    Current Employee - Department Assistant

    I have been working at Roche as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not applicable as this is a contract person and the reporting officer was delegating photocopying duties only

    Cons

    There was no dialogue and went straight to human resources to resolve the matter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a dialogue before escalating

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A Rewarding experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, corporate culture, sector

    Cons

    Any Cons at the moment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Glad I did it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits compared to other American healthcare-related companies
    Great culture at office/plant campuses
    Technology/clinical leader in diagnostics - best-in-class or close for most product types

    Cons

    Difficult to get to know others well if you are in the field
    Very sales driven - especially on some dead horses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    POLITICAL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CCO in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - CCO in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Roche full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good buildings and interesting stuff

    Cons

    poor pay and interesting stuff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Genentehc is cooler

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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