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Roche Reviews

Updated 19 October 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Field service engineer"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good cars package deals etc

    Cons

    Need more engineers. Very busy


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company has great products but dreadful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burgess Hill, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burgess Hill, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products, impressive scientific innovations

    Cons

    Awful management, very old-school, will not listen to staff, never change. No work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    promote achievers, not those who have played the old-boy's network


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Country Clinical Operations UK"

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    Current Employee - Country Clinical Operations-Study Manager in Welwyn, England
    Current Employee - Country Clinical Operations-Study Manager in Welwyn, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Theoretically the culture and values are fantastic (courage, integrity, agility, collaboration, people first) , the benefits are great, good facilities that promote high productivity with on site wellness centre. The company does genuinely promote a good work life balance. Lots of in-house promotion means that the opportunities are abundant.

    Cons

    The culture is interpreted differently depending on which department and which manager. Theoretically you can speak up when things are wrong however it is frowned upon and managers don't have the time to actively listen. People are too worried to speak up about inefficiency and how it can be improved. "How" you conduct yourself is the number one priority in 360 feedback, therefore people are reluctant to speak up for fear of appearing confronting the status quo. It appears that management training is not always effective, some are rapidly promoted managers overseeing big teams who are under pressure to progress trial conduct. These middle managers lack understanding of site or study operations or regulatory expectations but manage people who work in clinical trial project oversight. This makes people feel over whelmed with lack of support and clarity and poor onboarding. The on boarding is inadequate given the complexity of the organisation, lack of middle management knowledge of operations, and the numerous systems and platforms. This can leave an expert CSM or contractor feeling like a rookie when they first join Roche. People stay because it's easy to move on to another role whilst enjoying the benefits. If you play your cards right, keep your head down, work around inefficiencies and make sure all the right managers know you and love you, you get ahead. This is what is meant by the "how" in real terms.

    Advice to Management

    Eagle eye on manager behaviour and really actively listen and promote a transparent culture of feedback and speaking up. Global Employee Opinion Surveys speak volumes. Recycling internal talent around means that fresh outlook and ideas are lacking. Listen to the advice from new starters and to employee feedback. Doing things in the same way never yields different results.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, disappointing local leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good family friendly company to work for overall.
    Good Benefits and flexible working with some home working

    Cons

    Abissmal local leadership in the SE England, UK site resulting in very high staff turnover with people treating the place as their personal business rather than a corporate environment.

    Advice to Management

    Replace people in management that have been at that site for too long so the actual beauty of the company is realised by all.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Friendly, human and messy"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Roche is a very very human company where people's opinion and contribution is encouraged. It's not just empty words, your opinion really matters. Moreover they really believe in having a good work life balance. Of course you need to be productive but Roche will take care of you the same way your family would...

    Cons

    The flip side is of course that decision take longer than in other companies (because all opinions are welcome). Some people get frustrated by it.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people by giving a sense of accountability (not only responsibility). People feel prouder when they can say that something they work on was "theirs".


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Director, Biometrics"

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

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great global company to work for; offer global mobility for talented staff who are interested in experiencing different cultures.

    Cons

    A global company so the inevitable early / late meetings across time zones. Decision making can be very slow due to everyone wanting to have their say and overly complicated organisational structures. Complicated dynamics between functions and project teams meaning that best practice often not adopted. Cumbersome HR processes.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify HR processes


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Building for the future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and good benefits on offer. Exciting news of a 2nd tower in Basel to be built shows strong growth in the company.

    Cons

    HR processes are slow from time to time.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Reporting specialist"

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    Current Employee - Reporting Specialist in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Current Employee - Reporting Specialist in Welwyn Garden City, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects and assignments to different locations around the globe. Good to see an industry leader in personalized healthcare. Good work-life balance. Ambitious plans for future.

    Cons

    Communication from management could be improved. If you have a problem with your management HR is not supportive at all. Processes sometimes can be too complex and impenetrable.

    Advice to Management

    People is your most valuable asset which is often voiced but sometimes and at some departments it is rarely felt. Not just say it, walk the talk!


  10. "good company"

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

    Pros

    great opportunities within the company

    Cons

    same as any big company - too many levels of management etc


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Medical Director in Welwyn, England
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Director in Welwyn, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibile working, friendly people, always ready to hel, diverse interesting projects and loads of expertise onsite

    Cons

    Senior management can be obtuse, HR processes are achingly slow, a lot of institutionalised people

    Advice to Management

    Listen, I mean really listen to your staff. Surveys and mutual appreciation societies like team building archery are not working


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