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Roche Reviews

Updated 22 April 2018
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  1. "Fantastic work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burgess Hill, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burgess Hill, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative working environment - great offices with onsite gym and restaurant. Autonomy in your role with room for progression.
    Ability to take ownership and share ideas.
    The GM is so inspirational!

    Cons

    Location is fairly remote but the office space makes up for this.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "L&D"

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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

    Pros

    People focus, inclusive, diverse, huge development opportunities, great reputation

    Cons

    There are better payers in the industry

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people, shocking leadership"

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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

    Great products, generally people are nice.

    Cons

    Too many leaders that can't agree, feels like a rollercoaster!

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to prove a point & allow those around you to have a voice.


  4. "Fantastic"

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

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great development, family feel and great benefits

    Cons

    None at all, all positive


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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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

    Pros

    Strong ethics for pharmaceutical company

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy at times

    Advice to Management

    Reduce red tape


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The Grass isn’t always Greener..."

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

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Passionate about bringing innovative and effective drugs to patients.

    Cons

    Not sure where to start sadly. This is a company that should have been proud of its culture...instead its allowed a very US centric model ‘eat’ in to everything that worked and was managed well. Biggest downfall is lack of integrity and transparency - especially in PD. Trust from employees of 10+yrs service has GONE. HR is shockingly bad too.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, companies need to grow and adapt to the changing environment...but you need to bring your emplyees on board through transparency, trust and integrity. Neither of which have been demonstrated over the last 6+yrs. Consequently don’t be surprised when people walk after being committed for many years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for!"

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

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Visionary company. Great progression opportunities if the face fits. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management in certain departments (not all) could impart more trust in their employees and empower them to make decisions. Remuneration below average for market

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Family"

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

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

    Pros

    Very friendly yet professional. They try their best make the employee feel at home and show support all the way.

    Cons

    Pay: They leave you on the pay's lower limit.
    I havent worked that long yet to add more comments Cons wise


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Event coordinator"

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

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    A great work life balance

    Cons

    Lots of office politics


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Safety operations - AVOID"

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

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working as you can work from home 3 days a week and they have flexitime
    Excellent training for you to do your job
    High standards of work
    Development opportunities. Though it should be noted that some managers treat development opportunities as a bargaining chip e.g. “you can only work on project x if you do it in your own time on top of your normal work” if they know you are interested in something and may concede to their request, whereas someone else who wasn't interested in it would just be given time to work on it.

    Cons

    Too endless to list in this department. Worst thing is the horrific management. Worked in this horrific department for several years hoping things would get better. Roche is a fantastic company to work for but unfortunately you experience a company through the department you’re in and this is a rotten one.
    It is incredibly political and competitive with people ready to stab you in the back at any moment.
    The worst aspect of this place is easily the management team as the culture bleeds from the top down. They lack integrity, are not understanding or fair at all and see people merely as pawns to milk everything out of; with 2 of the male managers being the worst. Accusations are constant and you will regularly have to defend yourself. Management are only interested in benefiting themselves selfishly and are more than happy to throw you under a bus to make themselves look better. The manager you get will define your experience of the job, as approaches are inconsistent.
    Worklife balance is non-existent in this place with people being encouraged to work overtime for no compensation everyday until 11pm-2/3am and during weekends.
    You will not get just credit for your effort and results but instead praise and opportunities go to the management’s favourites regardless of their actual ability and performance.
    This department might be alright as a stepping stone or learning experience for a short period of time but I would not recommend it for any long term option. All in all this is a toxic work environment and not a good place for your mental health. I have seen many talented individuals fall foul of this place.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point me writing anything here as they have no desire to listen or change - they only like to look as if they are listening.


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