I’m Theresa from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and I joined Roche in May 2021 as a People Relations Advisor supporting APAC countries. Honestly, when I first joined, I was not sure how I can contribute to this agile organization where we are based in Malaysia but support plenty of other countries within the APAC region remotely. I think the game changer that made this way of working possible was definitely Covid-19. Roche invested in technologies to ensure there are sufficient tools and platforms we can use to connect with colleagues around the globe virtually. You can see how the company adapted and made improvements by taking advantage of a non-favorable situation while ensuring that the people are not impacted in a negative way.
I started my job with Roche by working from home. Being new in this organization where everything was unfamiliar, I was assigned a buddy who helped me navigate through all the information, connected me with other colleagues, provided support in any way possible, and even caught up on me regularly to ensure that I settle in well. This buddy system is something that I treasure a lot – it shows that Roche is an organization that cares for the people.
A few months into the job, I discovered that there are plenty of opportunities within Roche that everyone can explore apart from performing the job within your own role. You are encouraged to move forward – take advantage of the chances Roche offers to build your own capabilities and competencies both for personal and career growth. The sky is your limit.
There are plenty of values I appreciate after slightly more than a year here: knowledge, training, exposure, people, work-life balance, and recognition. As a rather new employee, it is important for me to be able to fit in. It is a pleasure to see that people are very passionate about inclusion and equal treatment here. Through our collaborations and networking, we leverage each other’s strengths, skills, and competencies across different regions.