Roche Reviews

Updated 18 October 2014
Updated 18 October 2014
507 Reviews
3.9
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Pros
  • Roche has excellent benefits, makes a profit consistently and has a great work life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, Salary was somewhat above average for industry (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • They are very inflexible about working from home and there is little work-life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Senior management is terrible- employee reviews are terrible and highlight significant issues (in 12 reviews)

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108 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Internship was a great experience to learn about the company and also to work on a real project

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I have been working at Roche as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The program is well organized , you get to network with other employees and be part of multiple professional development events.

    Cons

    The company in indianapolis does not have many opportunities for interns to continue as full time employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers and supervisors are very helpful and they like to be part of the internship program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Roche is a high-performing and successful yet caring company. It looks after its employees well and, due to the founding family owning the majority of the controlling shares, it has a stable strategy which is not dictated by the next quarter's results. Roche is a community of highly talented and passionate professionals and I feel proud to work here.

    Cons

    Some challenges around decentralization versus centralization but I don't think more than in comparable global companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use IT as an integrator, don't let every business do want they want.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large and global organization with high respect for people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    I like working for Roche as the company has a strong sense of purpose and values integrity.
    There's also a strong focus on people and their development. As an employee you get a lot of freedom and support as needed.

    Cons

    High complexity due to the size of the organization and its global set-up. High tolerance for complex processes and not enough drive for simplicity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    IT Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Kaiseraugst (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in Kaiseraugst (Switzerland)

    I worked at Roche part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was really good to work with Roche

    Cons

    Communication was mainly in German , thats the only difficulty i faced , otherwise its the best company to work with.

  6.  

    Great Company - Great Culture - Great Benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Basel (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Roche full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Collaborative culture. Great Benefits and attention to the employee as a person. Integrity in the business. Great care that everyone is informed at all time on what's going on (even with some slip-ups)

    Cons

    Huge company spread around the world, collaboration sometimes can be difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Flatten the organization and centralize the learning/training efforts, as they are spread now the efficacy is severely reduced

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Nutley, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Nutley, NJ (US)

    I worked at Roche full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work life balance, culture and benefits

    Cons

    management was old school and slow promotion system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great work-life balance

  8.  

    One pleased intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I worked at Roche as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The overall culture of the company. They truly live their cultural beliefs and this makes the company a great place at which to work. I was nervous I didn't have the correct skills for the internship position, but my manager and co-workers couldn't have been more friendly about helping me through on a daily basis.

    Cons

    I didn't have any real projects that I could call my own. I typically was going around the building asking colleagues for work or to help on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you have in place, but ensure all interns are given something to actually do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Data Acquisition Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work...work from home, fantastic colleagues, management support is good

    Cons

    too many processes and documents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    awesome family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    culture to them is real

    Cons

    some restructuring has happened in order to keep them running in forefront of the marketplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep culture alive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent environment for work with ample resources for training

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Nutley, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Nutley, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Friendly and welcoming culture. Extensive investment in training of its employees. Good processes in place to facilitate workflow. Emphasis is on quality and not just speed. Projects are appropriately resourced

    Cons

    There are scheduling challenges when co-ordinating the San Francisco (3 hours west) and Basel (6 hours east) campuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Achieving cultural integration across the global sites is challenging. The overall organization can benefit by attending to these matters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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