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Roche Reviews

Updated 18 July, 2018
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  1. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Analyst in Mississauga Valley, ON
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Analyst in Mississauga Valley, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    a lot of learning opportunities

    Cons

    processes are very very complicated


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Roche Canada"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    * Colleagues (below senior management) are supportive and caring
    * Excellent pipeline and drug development

    Cons

    Unfortunately right now there are more cons than pros at this company. However, I outline the top 3 cons below-

    1. Poor senior management - they give direct reports no visibility into short term or long terms objectives and there are no employee insights incorporated into plans. Its basically here is the plan, just implement and do not ask any questions.

    2. Culture of fear leads employees to not speak up. Those who do get a 'mark against them'.

    3. Constant change and poor communication has resulted in employees feeling paralyzed and unable to perform their roles.

    Advice to Management

    * You hire knowledgeable and innovative people. Listen to them and engage them with the company direction.
    * Focus on senior management actually 'talking the talk'. Roche Global has great programs/culture for employees, but in practice this is not being followed.
    * Listen to the employees on the ground. You have truly amazing people who work for you.
    * While flexibility and change are good in the pharmaceutical industry, employees need to see a plan and understand why flexing is needed and what they are being asked to do. Without this, it looks like an inability to devise strategy and implement.

  3. "Pro"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Gret company to work for

    Cons

    some leaders have no experience


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Constantly changing environment"

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    Current Employee - Drug Safety Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Drug Safety Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great place to work, diverse, flexibility

    Cons

    Repetitive work, No growth, not challenging enough

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good company but a lot of red tape"

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    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible and transparent
    Compensation is fair

    Cons

    No real opportunity to advance in career
    Too many barriers to getting work done

    Advice to Management

    Look and support talent within your groups.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ok experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good training, salary and benefits

    Cons

    Restructuring every year , high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on employee less on cutting cost


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with awesome pipeline"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your manager, you get real career development conversations
    Great work-life balance, flexible working arrangements

    Cons

    Can be very bureaucratic
    People stay here for a long time (because they love their jobs!) so there isn't a lot of movement in the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging a culture of speaking up and challenge.

  8. "Sales Representative/Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Company encourages team work and has some great people working for them.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than for other companies in this industry

    Advice to Management

    Review your pay structure and make your employees feel wanted and needed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Typical corporate environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    - Strong products and pipeline
    - Flexible, friendly environment
    - Great work-life balance, can work from home
    - On-site gym, subsidized cafeteria
    - Beautiful office

    Cons

    - Coming onslaught of biosimilars
    - Sterile, inauthentic environment
    - Pay is below industry average
    - Politics and cool-aid like in all big companies


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Benefits but Extremely Stressful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Mississauga, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, excellent benefits, easily accessible by public transit

    Cons

    Very stressful, frequent restructuring, so many people being let go

    Advice to Management

    Check if their background investigators verify if the phone number of a reference provided by an applicant actually belong to the person named as a reference, and if the supposed manager was actually a manager in that company.


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