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Roche Reviews

Updated 7 August 2014
Updated 7 August 2014
473 Reviews

3.9
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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. 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

    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
  2.  

    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)

    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

  3.  

    Very challenging

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

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    67% overall Engagement rate are pretty bang on! Not an amazing company and not a bad one either.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Basel (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Pay & Benefits, 90 nationalities working in Basel at Global HQ, most co-workers are friendly

    Cons

    Quite a number of senior HR Leaders are ineffective, and anything but inclusive, some very aggressive female leaders from UK & US dominating their field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take gender diversity to the extreme, balance means no more or less than 60-40 in Leadership Teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Consistent Change!

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    Pros

    Office location, majority of people at the company have a true desire to engage and make work more than just a job.

    Cons

    Senior leaders are too far removed from the operations and day to day activities, especially within the IT organization. There's not enough walking the walk when it comes to people development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When stating that the employees are the greatest asset, show it, don't just say it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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. 3 people found this helpful  

    IT in the US be wary, good company overall.

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    Former Employee - Technology Solution Manager  in  Nutley, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Technology Solution Manager in Nutley, NJ (US)

    Pros

    Good benefits for all Roche employees.
    Highly competitive salaries with bonus and depending on your level, stock options.
    They do a great job of providing top notch healthcare, dental, 401k matching and so forth.
    They value personal time and all the managers I had were great to work for except one (he is no longer with the company).
    I would still be with the company if they didn't shut down the location I was at.
    Each time I was impacted by a restructured job, I was able to get a 10% retention bonus for my stress (you would get it if you stayed to your end date as well).
    Very good severance package when large groups are impacted.

    Cons

    I worked for Roche for 14 years and other than the last 5-6 years it was a great company. My advice is if you are working for Roche in the IT area, you are at risk of yearly stress of losing your job due to restructuring and sending jobs around the company/world. In the past 6 years, my job was impacted 4-5 times. I had to either apply for a new job or take a package and leave. All of these were due to OPEX realignment of personnel. Senior management would move head count from one location to another without always understanding what they were doing. The latest push in the US is to send IT to Genentech in CA, Madrid, Spain or back to Basel, Switzerland. The Nutley location was closed down after 100 years of service and the US headquarters shifted to Genentech.

    The merger of Roche and Genentech has not been the smoothest. Each company is still a separate entity and supported by different IT departments.

    Genentech has not experienced the headcount loss experience as of my last day. They are in for a shock once it does. You have to keep in mind that Roche is the typical Swiss based company, and Gene is the typical San Francisco company. They are on completely opposite sides of the spectrum. Roche is extremely process driven, cost conscious (with regards to IT) and doesn't like to deviate. Gene is agile and flexible with the mentality of "get the work done as quick as possible." They don't let cost act as barrier necessarily. Gene is able to bypass process and make their internal customers happy with rapid turn around times. This is the direction Roche is trying to go but with processes still in the picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the constant reorganizations. Once we finally get everything working again, there is another change and efficiency is lost again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves 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

    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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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)

    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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