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Employer Portrait: F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

About Roche
Founded in1896 in Basel, Switzerland, as one of the first industrial manufacturers of branded medicines, Roche has grown into the world’s largest biotechnology company and the global leader in in-vitro diagnostics. The company pursues scientific excellence to discover and develop medicines and diagnostics for improving and saving the lives of people around the world. We are a pioneer in personalised healthcare and want to further transform how healthcare is delivered to have an even greater impact. To provide the best care for each person we partner with many stakeholders and combine our strengths in Diagnostics and Pharma with data insights from the clinical practice.
In recognising our endeavor to pursue a long-term perspective in all we do, Roche has been named one of the most sustainable companies in the pharmaceuticals industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for the thirteenth consecutive year. This distinction also reflects our efforts to improve access to healthcare together with local partners in every country we work.
Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan.
For more information, please visit www.roche.com.

Information on the employer

Health care (pharmaceuticals & diagnostics)
Basel and Kaiseraugust with company headquarters, Burgdorf, Cham, Reinach, Rotkreuz, Schlieren

more than 150 locations in 66 countries
Annual turnover
Group (2010): CHF 47.5 billion
Number of staff
Switzerland: approx. 11,700 (40% women)

Internationally: approx. 80,000
New hires/year
Switzerland: approx. 600 vacancies each year, approx. 60–80 of which filled by graduates
Required specializations
  • Biologists
  • Chemists
  • Engineering scientists
  • Electrical engineers and IT experts
  • Computer scientists
  • Mechanical engineers and process engineers
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Patent lawyers
Desired degrees
from the start of a degree program, after a bachelor’s degree, after a master’s degree

Direct employment:
master’s degree, PhD


All current vacancies are listed on the Careers Portal careers.roche.ch, where you can apply for jobs directly online. You can also set up a profile and deposit it in the Roche Talent Pool. You will then receive automatic notifications when vacancies in your field of interest are listed.

Special information

Roche is recognized as a particularly attractive employer in Switzerland and around the world again and again. For example, based on detailed surveys of large companies in Switzerland, the independent, pan-European research company CRF Institute identified the best employers nationally in 2010 and rated them in six different categories.

Roche in Basel took first place in four of the six categories: Remuneration & Appreciation, Work-Life Balance, Advancement Opportunities and Company Culture. Roche also made a good showing in the areas of Market Positioning & Image and Job Security, proving that the company is a preferred employer and will remain so in the future.

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