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Updated 24 April 2019
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  • "Poor work life balance within the company but culture is slowly evolving for the better" (in 75 reviews)

  • "Decision making process may be a bit slow" (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Country Study Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Current Employee - Country Study Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working from home, little micromanaging, agile way of work

    Cons

    Very process driven but company is aware of their pitfalls and looking at ways to work more agile. May be difficult at times due to persons working in the company for numerous number of years so resistant to change.

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "12 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great relationships with other

    Cons

    Lack of empathy from line manager

    Advice to Management

    Exit interview should happen for anyone leaving who has been there longer than 10 years

  3. "No direction and poor business model"

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    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Implementation Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good reputation and fair compensation

    Cons

    It’s a complete mess, no leadership, no clear business model and we are trying to put out fires all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Just because we call it startup doesn’t mean we can act like headless chickens. Too many incompetent people try to be in this startup-like department and have no idea what it is about...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "The benefits outweigh the skills gained, values are great but not implemented."

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    Current Employee - CCO UK in Welwyn, England
    Current Employee - CCO UK in Welwyn, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities, all the tools you need to be productive are available, benefits good

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive, progression is based on likeability and who you know, alot of managers unqualified technically therefore clueless about subject matter and can't support new starters. Alot of papering over the cracks rather than dealing with problems, too many meetings, primitive systems therefore poor data. excel sheets used in conjunction as the systems aren't fit for purpose so alot of duplication.silos and big disconnects between global and local teams doing the same thing, and there is even inconsistencies between global teams working on the same molecule.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people's ideas and experiences, focus more on passion about the science and molecules. Experiences from outside of Roche can be invaluable and save you time.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and financial rewards
    Plenty of opportunities to develop or move to new roles
    Modern working environment
    Values/Leadership commitments set a high standard

    Cons

    Can be a very political organisation, and some leaders simply do not walk the talk when it comes to the leadership commitments.
    A change in global head can literally change how you are valued.
    Multiple organisation changes and a plethora of initiatives seemed to have little impact in terms of simplifying and streamlining.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed feelings."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office vibe, good people, great portfolio.

    Cons

    It’s really hard to get things done internally. There is little accountability and ownership of timelines. As a result it is ‚nice people’ who are considered good not the employees who really get things done. Political and not very focused on learning. Settled and rigid even though management try to implement massive changes to get things done faster. Too much focus on blaming vendors without taking responsibility and ownership for the internal mess.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize hard work and expertise. Promote accountability and learning. Simplify systems and procedures. Mean it. Shake it up. There are some old not so competent dead wood out there.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, supportive everyone wants you to succeed.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments. Progression can be difficult

    Advice to Management

    Look to employees that are looking for more of a challenge and progression opportunities

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No career opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, global dimension, company name

    Cons

    Career opportunities, medium range salaries, discrimination on promotions

    Advice to Management

    Truly manage talent on the what's and the HOWS!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunities for career progression"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities for lateral movement

    Cons

    Low pay compared to industry


  10. "Good environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Flexible time, good pay, medical focus

    Cons

    Not Much to complain, maybe career development could improve