All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Roche employees based on 12 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.4/5
 
Work Life Balance:
4/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
4.3/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.7/5
 
Company Culture:
4.5/5
 
Career Progression:
3.9/5
 
Colleagues:
4.6/5
 
Training:
4.3/5
 
Enjoyment:
4.2/5
 
Overall Rating:
4/5
 

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims for improving patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Twenty-nine medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Roche has been recognised as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology; Life Sciences Industry eight years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2016 employed more than 94,000 people worldwide. In 2016, Roche invested CHF 9.9 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 50.6 billion. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan.

Working at Roche means working at the forefront of innovation.
Our Diagnostic division is the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, our Pharmaceutical Division is the No. 1 supplier of cancer medicines.

Last but not least, we continue to grow. In an ever-changing industry, we are able to offer long-term organizational stability while permanently addressing new challenges. You will have the opportunity not only to learn and move forward but also to make your mark.
F. Hoffmann-La Roche & Co. was founded at a time when industrial revolution was changing the face of Europe. On October 1, 1896, at the age of 28, Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche launched his company as the successor company to Hoffmann, Traub & Co in Basel, Switzerland. He was among the first to recognise that the industrial manufacture of medicines would be a major advance in the fight against disease. Since then, Roche has grown into one of the world’s leading healthcare companies. To find out more click here
Roche has consistently been recognised as one of the best places to work for around the world. We are proud of our achievements, so please take a look at some of our recent awards by clicking here
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Industry: Science and R&D Department: Country Clinical Operations Job Title: Industrial Placement Student

What are the best and worst things about your job?

You get to see a lot of what takes place in the department, as you will work with a lot of different teams.

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Industry: Science and R&D Department: Country Clinical Operations Job Title: Industrial Placement Student

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Varied opportunities and lots of support.

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Industry: Science and R&D Department: Clinical Data Management Job Title: Data Acquisition Specialist

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Feels satisfying to make step by step progress to get a task done.

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Industry: Science and R&D Department: Marketing Job Title: Marketing Assistant

What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people - everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Flexible - if you need to book a doctors appointment or need to stay at home for a builder to come round you are allowed to work from home as long as your work permits it.

Responsibility- as soon as you join the company you are trusted with highly responsible tasks.

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Industry: Science and R&D Department: Business Development and Operational Pricing Job Title: Business Development Associate

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Can take ownership of the role
Responsible for managing relationships with service providers
Cross functional working with legal, medical, marketing and supply chain- this has allowed me to develop my knowledge and skills by learning from other colleagues.

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Industry: Science and R&D Department: Healthcare Development Job Title: Health Economics Intern

What are the best and worst things about your job?

I get to work with all business areas and with most of the products which is challenging but means every day is different to the next.

I get a lot of support from my manager and team.

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Industry: Science and R&D Department: Biostatistics Job Title: Assistant Biostatistician

What are the best and worst things about your job?

Great knowing you are contributing to helping improve patients' lives.

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Industry: Arts & Media, Marketing Executive Department: Diagnostics Job Title: Marketing Intern - Healthcare Development & Strategic Services

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research

Industry: Science and R&D, Scientific Research Department: Product Strategy, Haematology Job Title: Associate

Industry: Arts & Media, Marketing Executive Department: Marketing Job Title: Graduate Marketing Intern

Industry: Arts & Media, Marketing Executive Department: Point of Care Job Title: Marketing Intern

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Application Advice:

Research the role and make sure you have an understanding of what you will be working on. Show your interest in the role and make sure you show relevant skills.

Interview Advice:

Make sure to do research on the company, so you can say why you are interested in working for them. Highlight qualities you have that you think will help with the role and fit with the company ethos.
Be confident and be yourself.
Make sure you ask questions, as it shows your interest, but don't ask questions for the sake of asking.

Industrial Placement Student, Country Clinical Operations at Roche
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Application Advice:

Roche cares greatly about employees as unique individuals, so be proud of and talk about the things you do in your spare time as well as academic achievements

Interview Advice:

Think of plenty of situations where you have shown Roche's core key values (integrity, courage and passion) as well as core competencies such as leadership and teamwork - you will be asked to provide examples of these.

Data Acquisition Specialist, Clinical Data Management at Roche
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Application Advice:

Persevere, make time, show your personality through your application.

Interview Advice:

Let your personality shine through. Be honest even if it means struggling to answer one of the questions in the interview. Prepare to be asked about personal experiences where you have shown team work, decision making on the spot, response to confrontation, communication skills, a time when you have got so lost in doing something that you forgot about the time.

Marketing Assistant, Marketing at Roche
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Application Advice:

Write a cover letter, especially as it is not mandatory
Show off your skills
Follow up on your application with HR

Interview Advice:

Use "STAR" examples for competency based questions
Be natural and relaxed , even make a joke or two!
Smile :)
Be prepared- think of different questions that might be asked

Business Development Associate, Business Development and Operational Pricing at Roche
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Application Advice:

Target your application to the job role and make sure you include a cover letter.

Interview Advice:

Prepare as much as you can beforehand. If you are doing a presentation, make sure you have rehearsed but not to the extent that it sounds unnatural. Always ask the company questions too as it is about seeing whether they are a good fit for you too.

Health Economics Intern, Healthcare Development at Roche
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Application Advice:

Good specific cover letter.

Interview Advice:

Be calm, revise your statistics knowledge and think about your behavior in team situations.

Assistant Biostatistician, Biostatistics at Roche
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Application Advice:

Research the company you are applying for.
Make sure you gives examples of competencies that are relevant and required for the role. However, make sure examples are of a varied nature (i.e. from uni, work, extra-curricular).

Interview Advice:

Be confident.
Be honest.
Prepare!
Be prepared to be asked questions based on all competencies and to sometimes offer examples of things you may have done differently / how you could have improved.
Be engaged.

Marketing Intern – Healthcare Development & Strategic Services, Diagnostics at Roche
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Application Advice:

Don't dismiss an opportunity just because you do not think you 'tick all the boxes' on the job advert; Roche seek potential.

Interview Advice:

Try and get as much of an understanding of the market place as you can i.e. who are Roche's key customers?

Provide examples where you have demonstrated the skills required as part of the job role.

Roche
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Application Advice:

Build as much experience in the pharma sector through internships and other jobs before applying, its tough!

Interview Advice:

Prepare and practice problem solving before, interview was not normal, I had a 5 hour assessment day including problem solving, scenarios and presentations.

Associate, Product Strategy, Haematology at Roche
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Application Advice:

Don't limit yourself to one particular role, usually the primary skills and experience are the same for the different roles. Also, you don't require a science related degree to apply.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you complete research on the company and operating market prior to the interview. Be yourself.

Graduate Marketing Intern, Marketing at Roche
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Application Advice:

Don't be put off if you aren't overly familiar with the company. You learn who they are and what they do on the job. However do come with some knowledge.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, I was asked a lot about team work. We are a close team, so someone who is a good personality was key.

Marketing Intern, Point of Care at Roche
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Best:

The company has great core values and values its employees.

Worst:

As the company is global you can feel like the work you're doing means nothing in the big picture.

Industrial Placement Student, Country Clinical Operations at Roche
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Best:

The company cares a lot about employees and it is a fantastic company to be a part of.

Worst:

There should be a big overview at the beginning to explain what all the departments do, what their acronyms mean, and how they link together in the company.

Data Acquisition Specialist, Clinical Data Management at Roche
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Best:

The culture - positive vibe around the building.

Free gym on site.

Marketing Assistant, Marketing at Roche
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Best:

We are encouraged to work on our development plans and career goals.
There are options to do courses like a part time masters and other training courses
Lots of opportunities to work abroad or do a secondment in other departments

Worst:

Office politics
Aggressive environment at times
There are limited graduate roles, there are none in commercial areas (such as marketing and sales)
bureaucratic organization

Business Development Associate, Business Development and Operational Pricing at Roche
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Best:

Nurturing environment
Everyone is approachable

Health Economics Intern, Healthcare Development at Roche
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Best:

Great ethics, vision and people practices.

Worst:

Job security - lots of redundancies since I have joined and increase in outsourcing.

Assistant Biostatistician, Biostatistics at Roche
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Best:

Its vision, its flexible working environment

Worst:

The office location

Marketing Intern – Healthcare Development & Strategic Services, Diagnostics at Roche
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Best:

innovation and other employees, its easy to tell its full of the top people in the industry

Worst:

expectation to constantly before to the highest standards

Associate, Product Strategy, Haematology at Roche
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Best:

Putting the patient first

Worst:

n/a

Graduate Marketing Intern, Marketing at Roche
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Best:

Know that you are helping people

Worst:

Not enough people know about us

Marketing Intern, Point of Care at Roche
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