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Roche Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.6 467 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan

Severin Schwan

(65 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Unique company culture and meaningful business model

    Corporate Communication (Current Employee) Basel (Switzerland)

    ProsSmart 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.

    ConsCareer 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 Senior ManagementShould be more visible in the organisation. Roche is very decentralised, which is good. But low visibility can look like lack of strategy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Principal Associate (Former Employee) Nutley, NJ (US)

    ProsIt was good when lasted

    ConsNutley site was closed in 2013.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Statistical Programming Analyst Intern

    Statistical Programmer Intern (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment. Colleagues are really nice and friendly. People can learn a lot of things regarding to Clinical trial. There are plenty of training for new employee, which are really helpful.

    ConsNeed handle multiple projects in the same time, so it will be a little stressful sometimes. The responsibility is overlap between some department, so it may lead some confusing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to learn & start

    Summer Intern (Current Employee) Taipei (Taiwan)

    Pros- Great office culture
    - Amazing mentors
    - Made life-long friendship

    Cons- Lack of company business strategy
    - First time they offered an internship program, so they were not as organized as you'd expect; which ended up being a good thing because we worked together in creating a program guideline that is tailored for me

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Roche Molecular Systems

    Project Management (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA (US)

    ProsThis is specific to RMS - the Roche Pleasanton location.

    None

    ConsSr. Management is very sleazy and nonstop pathological lying is the culture. They will push subpar/incomplete products out the door only to collect bonus $$ - then spend $$ millions having to redo or correct critical design errors ultimately taking years to correct.

    Work/Life balance is nonexistent and travel requirements are significantly higher than competitive /peer companies.

    Leadership style is "fear" based -- "Lie to customers or be fired" is the SOP

    RMD should be considered an embarrassment to Roche Holdings in terms of integrity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the pathological lying
    Stop pushing products out the door that will fail for the first 3 years or more until fixed or finished

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not very good place for work

    Accountant (Current Employee) Budapest (Hungary)

    ProsGood location, nice office.
    The company often employs fresh-graduates, so it can be your first multinational experience.

    ConsSalary is lower than average on labor market. The yearly bonus depends of your relationships with managers.
    No career opportunities.
    The job is monotone and boring.
    Meetings and trainings are often only in Hungarian, even if there are foreigners who doesn't speak Hungarian very well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Roche International Program Manager Attraction and Sourcing responded to this review

    Jun 19, 2014

    Thank you for your valuable feedback. Roche seeks to be a great place to work and leadership in Budapest is reviewing these comments and assessing areas for improvement.
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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsColleagues. Ethics. Interesting work

    ConsCareer opps limited. Can be quite corporate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore future focus and innovation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    One of the best companies to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Nutley, NJ (US)

    ProsGreat people, excellent, salaries, benefits and many perks, very good support and training. This company really knows how to take care of its employees.

    ConsSite shut down and many lost their jobs

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove company policy to ensure contract employees don't feel less than the full timers. Allow and encourage more professional development opportunities to all employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A decent start, but not a steady go.

    Medical Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsCutting edge products, a great place to start your career in and understand the whole process of innovating the pharma bussiness market nowadays. Office culture is outstanding.

    ConsThe lower posts in the company are constantly kept in the dark and expected to just do as they are told to. The company ALWAYS comes first, the benefits are seeked to be the lowest possible, both in terms of saving on later tax paying, and the local payments avg. taken into consideration.

    When it comes to SOPs, everything is defined by them, but the leadership doesn't seem in a must position to follow them as the lower levels in the hieararchy are. In smaller countries, the career opportunities are really a fairytale and only the quietest employes are kept on board.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart trying to keep prospective and visionary oriented employees on all levels, and do it promptly. That's the only thing that can save you from biosimilars.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Something

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Pleasanton, CA (US)

    ProsGood company to work with

    ConsHard to get in if you don't know any body

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