Corporate culture at a global company thrives on the diversity of its employees, different languages, ways of thinking and working, and a worldwide pool of knowledge. Diverse and international teams are more innovative – and indispensable for Roche's future competitiveness.
At Roche, a wide variety of different cultures come together. Different languages and ways of thinking and working not only promote diversity within the company, but also open up entirely new possibilities for employees and enrich Roche's worldwide pool of knowledge. Whether trainee, job rotation or relocation – there are various opportunities for colleagues from all over the world to work at Roche in Germany.
Four international employees give insights into their work in a foreign country
“I will be working on a 2-year project at Roche in Germany, where I am responsible for developing leadership competences in the L&OD Team. This is my first job in Germany, and I have to say that I really like to work and live here. Life is uncomplicated, and the people are straightforward. During my time here, there have been two special characteristics so far: the people at Roche value interpersonal exchanges very highly. In the beginning, driving a car was initially a great challenge for me, for in some countries, the rule is "The stronger one has the right of way" (which is wrong, of course). It doesn't work like that here. The greatest lesson I have learned is that the rules of the game are very important. That also applies to Roche. My entry was made a lot easier from the start; my on-site mobility manager provided me with all kinds of support, and my team also welcomed me with open arms. Through my work, I have been able to learn many new things, and I find the transparency and organizational structure very exciting. To sum it up, I love working here and I am happy that I have made use of this great opportunity.”
“Over the past ten years, I have been employed at four different Roche sites; including Korea and the USA. That time has been rich in great and interesting experiences. I have learned to be aware of cultural differences without rating them as positive or negative – but instead, to just take them as they are, to experience and learn to handle these differences effectively. Generally, I have found it very interesting how – despite the different cultures and personal backgrounds – everyone is pursuing one goal: Doing now what patients need next. Roche has provided great, flexible support. From the ‘re-assignment visit’ to planning the next steps, Roche – and in particular, the local and global partners from HR, Global Mobility, and local Management – have been understanding and helpful partners. I think the most difficult thing is to handle the "rollercoaster" of experiences and emotions during the first few months. Nothing is only black or white, and likewise, working abroad is not only exciting or frustrating. I can only advise everyone to demonstrate a certain equanimity, curiosity, and appreciation, and to embark on the exciting journey.”
“I am from Kenya, and I moved to Germany eight years ago. In January of last year, I started as a trainee in engineering (MSU) at Roche. The company culture made it easy for me as a newcomer to quickly be integrated into the "family". Many colleagues are always willing to help when I "get stuck" or need help. The dialects are a big obstacle in the beginning. As Roche lies in the heart of the tri-country border area, a diverse crowd meets here at the site, and so there will be the occasional misunderstanding. I am proud to be able to say that generally, I like my work and I feel great at Roche. The company has really earned the "Best Employer" award. Before I took my job, I was barely able to imagine what the responsibilities of an engineer would look like in operations, but the innovative ideas and the creative solutions we are developing make the work very interesting. My advice for all those who have not yet found the job that is right for them: No matter whether you come to Roche from a different part of the world, or if you are only crossing the Rhine river – the journey will definitely be worth it.”
“I have been working at Roche/Genentech for 17 years already, and for the last three years, I have worked in Penzberg at Pharma Technical Operations. This is my first stay in Germany, and it has been going very well so far. This is, above all, due to the great support from Roche. HR Mobility offers a variety of supporting measures both globally and at the individual sites. In my opinion, it is quite obvious that Roche Deutschland is striving to increase its pool of international colleagues in Germany, and thus is also smoothing the way for them. And finally, I think that a major portion of the support in the workplace comes from one's direct supervisor and from the team, which has been really great for me. Of course I have noticed a few small cultural differences during my time in Germany. Many are also only clichés that don't even apply to most of my colleagues. To me, cultural diversity is not an obstacle, but instead a fascinating aspect. In a global company with multi-cultural teams and team leads it is important to understand them and make use of the advantages. I am totally happy with my decision to work for Roche in Germany, and I am in no hurry to give up such a great workplace. This is why I used the opportunity and accepted a job in Mannheim at the beginning of May. Thus, I will stick around in Germany for a bit longer.”