Roche Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
476 Reviews

3.8
476 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked for Roche for considerable period of time. Enjoyed the challenges and work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues always willing to help and cooperate. Hard working and motivated people. Good and friendly working environment. Well remunerated. Good advantage & benefit program.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in management. Must have high adaptability. Though have clear company values, it can be challenging, not to say difficult, to seriously demonstrate them when you continuously have to start anew with new managers. Little opportunity for growth. Too much bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth

    Cons

    Nothing they treat you great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Unique company culture and meaningful business model

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    Current Employee - Corporate Communication  in  Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Corporate Communication in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Smart and collaborative colleagues across different functions, pretty much everyone I've met wants to do "the right thing", when it comes to serving patients, good work-life balance and fair compensation. The company is very international, but still has a bit of a "family feel" to it. Managers are actually concerned with respecting people's time off. The company has a great legacy and remains at the forefront of medical research, great basic commitment to innovation and people.

    Cons

    Career planning is up to how well you are at managing yourself in a decentralised matrix organisation. Can be a great opportunity, but don't wait for someone to offer you something just because you've been around for some time. Implementation is bottom-up, allowing a lot of room for new ideas, but making strategic decision-making long and cumbersome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more visible in the organisation. Roche is very decentralised, which is good. But low visibility can look like lack of strategy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Statistical Programming Analyst Intern

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    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Intern
    Current Employee - Statistical Programmer Intern

    I have been working at Roche full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment. Colleagues are really nice and friendly. People can learn a lot of things regarding to Clinical trial. There are plenty of training for new employee, which are really helpful.

    Cons

    Need handle multiple projects in the same time, so it will be a little stressful sometimes. The responsibility is overlap between some department, so it may lead some confusing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Principal Associate  in  Nutley, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Associate in Nutley, NJ (US)

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It was good when lasted

    Cons

    Nutley site was closed in 2013.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Roche Molecular Systems

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    Current Employee - Project Management  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Management in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is specific to RMS - the Roche Pleasanton location.

    None

    Cons

    Sr. Management is very sleazy and nonstop pathological lying is the culture. They will push subpar/incomplete products out the door only to collect bonus $$ - then spend $$ millions having to redo or correct critical design errors ultimately taking years to correct.

    Work/Life balance is nonexistent and travel requirements are significantly higher than competitive /peer companies.

    Leadership style is "fear" based -- "Lie to customers or be fired" is the SOP

    RMD should be considered an embarrassment to Roche Holdings in terms of integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the pathological lying
    Stop pushing products out the door that will fail for the first 3 years or more until fixed or finished

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not very good place for work

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Budapest (Hungary)

    I have been working at Roche full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location, nice office.
    The company often employs fresh-graduates, so it can be your first multinational experience.

    Cons

    Salary 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Roche Response

    Jun 19, 2014International Program Manager Attraction and Sourcing

    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.

  9.  

    A decent start, but not a steady go.

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    Former Employee - Medical Representative
    Former Employee - Medical Representative

    I worked at Roche full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cutting 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Something

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good company to work with

    Cons

    Hard to get in if you don't know any body

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Roche is a family company all around.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roche

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Difficult 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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