Roche Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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  1. "Diagnostics"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Strong company, available to work for a long period, multinational

    Cons

    Field, distances, cold, salary, isolation

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    "Solid company, middle managers not so much"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Diagnostics 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great senior leadership, fantastic colleagues & peers, excellent patient-focused mission, outstanding reputation in the field. Working at Roche will open a lot of doors beyond given the brand and threshold required to gain employment. Everyone in Dia wants to work at Roche, so when jobs become available you're competing against the best of the best.

    Cons

    Each manager I had at Roche was a good individual contributor, often a leader among peers, but a terrible at managing people. Roche has a tendency to promote people who deliver results and view management as a way to give a career path for top performers, instead of carefully considering management roles for people who have skills for the role. This is likely common in most industries, but I found middle managers at Roche to be obsessed with their own personal career ambitions as opposed to being considerate of those of their team. Some were boldly two-faced, showing their best side to their peers and superiors and worst to the team below, and often the only forum to account for this is the 2-year GEOS survey. But often middle managers fire employees to game their own management ranking, which has the added effect of ensuring subordination of those who remain on the team. That said Roche is extremely progressive in their HR policies, I would not be surprised to see them calibrate this over time, and Roche also offers phenomenal leadership development programs and continuing education to help build soft skills. The problem is the self-centered middle managers who are only thinking about their next career step, and a lack of opportunities for candid manager feedback outside of GEOS. Pay is also considerably lower than the market rate in the industry, but career opportunities and benefits are top-notch.

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  3. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent company for development and learning

    Cons

    Not a great company to grow

  4. "Recent Review"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Roche part-time

    Pros

    Flexible with internal moving between departments.

    Cons

    A lot of meetings that are not very important.

    Roche Response

    November 25, 2020Global Recruitment

    Great to hear your appreciation. Thanks for your review, we wish you all the best for your future.

  5. "Excellent employer!"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Leaders, structured processes, very focused on people & talent

    Cons

    I don't have any cons

  6. "Nurturing culture"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Affairs Associate in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Culture of growth, exciting initiatives

    Cons

    Nothing in particular except that the compensation could be better

  7. "Great Company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialist in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    They hire good talented people.

    Cons

    Frequent organizational and structural changes.

    Roche Response

    November 13, 2020Global Recruitment

    Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion. We wish you all the best for your future within our company.

  8. "Great Organization"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, interesting work, good people

    Cons

    Unstable / unpredictable environment, frequent layoffs

  9. "Innovative company"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Medical Manager in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Compensates well for the role

    Cons

    Transforms frequently and need to be ready to for constant change

    Roche Response

    October 15, 2020Global Recruitment

    Thanks for your positive review! We wish you all the best for your future within our company.

  10. "Great Company"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Specialist Representative in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great colleagues and great opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Lots of organizational changes every year

    Roche Response

    October 6, 2020Global Recruitment

    We appreciate your thoughtful comments. We wish you all the best for your future.

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