Roche Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
508 Reviews
3.9
508 Reviews
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Roche CEO Roche Group Severin Schwan
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A Rewarding experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager

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

    Pros

    Personal growth, corporate culture, sector

    Cons

    Any Cons at the moment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Experience in Roche

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Assistant
    Current Employee - Department Assistant

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

    Pros

    Not applicable as this is a contract person and the reporting officer was delegating photocopying duties only

    Cons

    There was no dialogue and went straight to human resources to resolve the matter

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a dialogue before escalating

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    POLITICAL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CCO in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - CCO in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Roche full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good buildings and interesting stuff

    Cons

    poor pay and interesting stuff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Genentehc is cooler

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    If you want a job as a cog in a machine. Here's one.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    There is great job security here, but not really much room for ambition. If you don't mind doing the same thing until the end of your career than this is a place for you. There are not many leadership opportunities, and those that are come rarely but last for life. In healthcare work-life balance is an afterthought. You must make that a personal goal to achieve for yourself, or else the company will use as much as you give and ask for more. Great benefits though.

    Cons

    The diagnostics division is not generally considered revenue generating, and as such all things are seen in that light. You can only do as good a breaking even so most successes seem muted. The is little room for advancement. You will work with an aging workforce that is waiting for someone to tell them to retire. The company resources in-house are world class, but the field is left to their own devices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care to investigate employee work-life balance. Structure your teams with an equal parts experience, ambition, energy, and knowledge. Question local behaviors and activities and match them with the corporate perks. Take care of the field employees and do not overtly make them feel like an expense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    my opinion as a contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PMO Communication Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - PMO Communication Manager in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Lots of projects for contract that are interesting and challenging with a highly diversed workforce. Most of the colleagues are really great. If you do your networking well - you might get hired for the next project.

    Cons

    No appreciation at all for your contribution and too much political game playing instead of focusing on working efficiently on tasks ahead and within projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Contractors often make the difference in your projects - don't make their work more difficult - trust them and longstanding employees should be more collaborative than territorial.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Glad I did it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits compared to other American healthcare-related companies
    Great culture at office/plant campuses
    Technology/clinical leader in diagnostics - best-in-class or close for most product types

    Cons

    Difficult to get to know others well if you are in the field
    Very sales driven - especially on some dead horses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Typical company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Great products, great workers, nice Midwest city.

    Cons

    Lousy managers and management. No pension and benefits have deteriorated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote based on real performance, not on personal opinion.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Its a very safe job but it is not very challenging.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Roche full-time

    Pros

    good salary, flexible schedule, perks

    Cons

    mediocre hiring process, long running projects

  10.  

    Quality Control

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche

    Pros

    Friendly employees, flexible hours, up to date

    Cons

    Too many cliques with management, No room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more room for growth and be fair to everyone

  11.  

    I enjoy working here the benefits are great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    The benefits, the company values, core beliefs and they promote heavily from within

    Cons

    Training can be a bit much since there are constant changes happening daily. We aren't fully merged with our sister company GENE as expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider taking employees through constant training and no to assume that they will learn via email

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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