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Updated 15 November 2018
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  • "Sometimes not too good work life balance" (in 72 reviews)

  • "Hierarchical system: decision making comes from above" (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enquiry Line in Sydney
    Former Employee - Enquiry Line in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Decent Pay
    Successful Company
    Compliant Company
    Good Management

    Cons

    Some sectors are reliant on government subsidy


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Most toxic workplace I have ever encountered"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind... perhaps the new office.

    Cons

    Workplace bullying is rampant, toxic environment, blame culture. If you are not in the inner circle of management it doesn’t matter what you say or do, you won’t get anywhere. The favourites can step on as many people as they like.

    Advice to Management

    Break up the cliques. Perhaps staff need more work if they have time to constantly critisize and slander other staff.

  3. "Senior Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong people focus, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Conservative approach to implementing new ways of working


  4. "Great organisation to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at Roche full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of international assignment opportunity

    Cons

    Might need to work slightly long hours during peak times.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Very corporate, very conservative, hard to get ahead but good products"

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    Current Employee - Medical Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Medical Manager in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Roche full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, bonus, super package
    Good hours with flexible start and end times
    Nice office and flexible working
    Overseas annual scientific conference
    Central location barangaroo
    Good agency support and budgets

    Cons

    Who you know not what you know for promotion
    Internal meetings prioritised over external customers
    Hierarchy system and process overload
    Layer of middle management has no real influence


  6. "A great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Focused on delivering for patients, and to ensure a great place to work

    Cons

    Very European and US centric, need to increase culturally diversity beyond these groups, and make it more attractive to have an international career.

    Advice to Management

    Increase efficiency in the organisation and reduce dividends to investors to move the wealthy pipeline forward. Be better prepared for the disruptive environment being led by Google and Amazon


  7. "Excellent employer, great new office in CBD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Roche full-time

    Pros

    Value driven culture, flexible work policy, great benefits for employees

    Cons

    Work processes can be over complicated

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money, money, money, money, money

    Cons

    Bad wrong management, bad culture

    Advice to Management

    Change middle management


  9. "You can't go wrong working at Roche!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Great company culture that really respects the work/life balance. Friendly and collaborative staff who are really passionate about what they do. The new office in Barangaroo, Sydney, is fantastic. Light, modern with a hot-desking environment and a rooftop terrace with full-time baristas serving complementary coffee all day - how many employers do that for their staff? No core working hours and working from home is encouraged. Shows management really respect the Australian culture. Generous transport policy for people flying overseas and lots of international secondment opportunities.

    Cons

    Flat structure, however internal movement and promotion is still very high.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Roche Diagnostics Australia, in general good but a culture of bullying sadly exists."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and rewarding work, Roche is actually a good company to work for worldwide as the rewards and benefits are fantastic. I been working at Roche over 15 years and although sometimes face the usual issues and internal processes most of the staff are professional and great to work with. Fantastic new office in North Ryde right beside the train station so now very easy to get to, undercover parking if you choose to take car to work.

    Cons

    Unfortunately within Roche Diagnostics Australia there is a now culture of bullying and some would say this is from the top down. Certain individuals at lower management are repeat offenders especially in NSW. HR and middle management just brush it under the carpet rather than root out the problem leading to a view by many that this is endemic.

    Advice to Management

    The last GEOs reflects many colleagues feelings, there has been a decline over the last few years. Someone from Basel or Singapore should come down and start asking questions and not to be taken in with the excuses and coverups.


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