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Roche Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.7 469 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Good company, fair but with some "buts"

    Senior Developer (Current Employee) Rotkreuz (Switzerland)

    ProsGreat projects, supporting global healthcare, fair pay and benefits

    Consproject management not experienced in big projects, developers have to do extra work to cover bad planning and suffer stress. Not fun work as tech is not latest nor there is room for too much refactoring (read risks).

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove planning and awareness of all aspects of software development and

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

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    Roche is a family company all around.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosworklife balance is great, and the benefits are tremendous. The business is very rewarding and tremendous opportunity for growth.

    ConsDifficult to move around if not networking yourself, you must be willing to put in the hard work. You need to get to know people across the company to move easily to new positions.

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    Excellent company to work for

    Compliance Manager (Current Employee) Basel (Switzerland)

    ProsSpeaking for the Basel location. Great benefits, flexible work hours, a family-like environment. Very strongly positioned company that will remain a market leader well into the future.

    ConsFrequently working with colleagues around the world which is both exciting and interesting, but challenging from a logistical perspective. Many late night or early morning calls with colleagues at other HQ locations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInternal transparency and communication are key. I feel Roche does this quite well but in some areas could do better.

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

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    A solid company with quality people and great products trying to make a difference in a challenging marketplace.

    Diabetes Solution Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsThe Diabetes Care Division takes very seriously their product pipeline, production practices, and responsibility for producing quality goods. Employees are well trained, actively promoted when possible, and generally treated with considerable respect even during times of company downsizing and redirection.

    ConsVery few cons specific to Roche Diabetes Care other than the entire industry is trying to redefine itself in light of increased overseas competition for dwindling healthcare dollars and reductions in reimbursement for prescription blood glucose meter test strips.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEndeavor to be able to adapt more quickly to marketplace changes and challenges. Continue the remarkable tradition of superior product quality and community service in the area of Diabetes Care.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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