Roche

Combining science, data and insights to transform patient experience and provide personalised healthcare solutions, we believe that good business means a better world.
http://roche.co.uk

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This pharmaceutical giant offers staff a chance to help sick people around the world. It's more than just a job – it's a big responsibility, Roche admits. But with that comes a sense of togetherness and unique opportunities.

Welwyn Garden City is the UK base of the Roche Group, which was founded in Switzerland in 1896.

When the pandemic started, the company made wellbeing and mental health a priority over its business-as-usual activities. Staff were encouraged to work flexibly to suit personal commitments such as home-schooling and caring for relatives.

Charity volunteering opportunities were paused because of Covid-19, but the company continued to run the Roche Scholars programme, supporting 45 children from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue a career in science.

At the other end of the career ladder, Roche's senior management team has embraced change. In pursuit of a collaborative environment that empowers and inspires colleagues, the company has moved away from traditional hierarchy.

Roche has set tough new targets for reducing its impact on the environment, which it hopes to achieve with measures such as switching to 100% sustainable electricity and reducing emissions from business travel. The aim is to slash the company's overall impact on the environment by 50% by the end of the decade.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

94% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

To enhance and expand its recruitment programme, Roche is rolling out Location Agnostic, a strategy to back up its belief that where an individual lives should not hinder his or her application to work for the company.

Personal Growth

91% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

Managers can study for an MBA through Roche's tie-up with Henley Business School. The course is done on the job, with time out of the office to attend seminars and so on. It is available to all, though aimed particularly at senior leaders in the product strategy departments.

My Team

87% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

The Applause programme allows staff to send congratulatory eCards to colleagues who deserve special recognition. If appropriate, they can also nominate them for a financial Point Award, which can be used to buy vouchers or gifts from an extensive catalogue of items.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1908
Total number of employees
2
Number of UK locations
41
Employee average age
40% : 60%
Male : Female employee ratio
88%
Employees earning £35k+
3%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Long Service

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Quote from the top...
"We are absolutely humbled and delighted to have been recognised as a 3 star organisation for the second year running. This result is a testament to the amazing people throughout our business who make this a great place to come to work each day. The high level of engagement has meant that, through one of the most remarkable years, we have continued to provide an outstanding service to our patients and customers, despite the ambiguity covid-19 has thrown at us all. We have seen some incredible creativity and innovation come to life during the last year, and we are proud that we have been able to support each and every Roche employee by adapting our working environments in response to the global pandemic."

Geoff Twist, Managing Director - Roche Diagnostics UK&I.

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