Our Culture in Canada

Collaborative Work Environment

Our collaborative work environment is what make’s Roche’s breakthroughs possible.
We encourage open feedback, knowledge-sharing, debate, and cooperation across disciplines. These are the qualities that drive our performance culture. It’s all part of our plan to secure long-term growth while expanding on our experience and expertise. 
To reach these objectives, we require the collaboration of enthusiastic and accomplished individuals like you who are willing to apply professional curiosity, and even the occasional unconventional method or idea in order to promote progress. Think of Roche as a culture of performance with controlled risk, where you have the freedom to try out new approaches and choose your own direction.


At Roche we believe in the merits of diversity. We embrace our people’s individuality and we value the richness and variety of ideas and approaches that result from this diversity. Roche looks back at more than 100 years of innovation and entrepreneurship. The reason we excel in both science and business is that we consistently employ the best talent. Roche is committed to offering all our people an inclusive environment – an environment in which everyone is enabled to do now what patients need next.
Our open and respectful environment will encourage you to share your ideas freely. You will take part in decision making and be inspired to expand your own professional capabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

Roche Canada rewards its employees fairly and competitively for demonstrating competencies and producing results which lead to a competitive edge. This is accomplished through a mix of base salary and variable pay plans based on individual and organizational performance, as well as recognition programs designed to measure and reward extraordinary efforts, innovation, and teamwork. 
Our comprehensive and flexible benefits and wellness programs offer Roche employees opportunities to focus on their health and well-being.


Developing a positive workplace culture of recognition is a vital component in supporting our strong employee engagement and helping to build a common sense of purpose across the organization.
Key principles behind our recognition program:

Key principles behind our recognition program:

  • We recognize excellent contributions by taking into consideration key accomplishments and behaviors that are aligned with Roche’s Core Competencies.
  • We provide feedback anytime, and on a regular basis throughout the year.
  • We congratulate in a transparent, memorable and genuine way using multiple and different forms while respecting individual preferences and highlighting the impact of contributions that are above and beyond.


Creating sustainable value is integral to our business. Today, Roche is viewed and rewarded as one of the most sustainable and responsible companies in the pharmaceuticals industry.In 2014, for the sixth consecutive year, Roche was recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) as the Group Leader within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Industry, based on an in-depth analysis of economic, social and environmental performance.
In Canada, Roche has excelled in its environmental initiatives. We have made great strides in reducing energy consumption and waste streams, which promise to have a significant and positive long-term impact on our operations and the communities we serve. We pride ourselves in being industry leaders in our environmental efforts and strive to surpass energy, emission and waste reduction targets.

Some of our initiatives in this area include:
  • Energy-efficiency building including light harvesting technology, low-flow water fixtures and environmentally neutral ammonia-based cooling systems to eliminate CFCs and HCFCs.
  • Best in class recycling program including composting, recycling venues for batteries, used pens, electronics and traditional waste streams.
  • Continuously striving to increase waste diversion with a commitment to pursue a Zero Waste to Landfill Program and divert at least 90% of site waste from landfill.

Human Rights

Roche Canada recognizes and reinforces applicable provincial and federal laws, including human rights laws, in each of its workplaces. This commitment is embodied in our Corporate Principles and Recruitment and Selection Policy, which applies to all our employees. We recognize and enforce applicable provincial and federal laws, including human rights laws, in each of our workplaces.​​​​​​​
​​​​​Recruitment and selection processes are executed without regard to all statutorily prohibited grounds including, without limitation, race, perceived race, ancestry, place of origin, ethnic origin, aboriginal origin, colour, citizenship, creed, religion, religious belief, religious association, religious activity, sex, pregnancy, possibility of pregnancy, circumstances related to pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, family affiliation, civil status, physical disability, mental disability, reliance on a service animal or wheelchair or any other remedial device or appliance, perceived disability, disfigurement, political belief, political association, social origin, social disadvantage, social condition, source of income, irrational fear of contracting an illness or disease, language, linguistic background, record of offences, criminal charges, criminal conviction unrelated to employment, summary conviction unrelated to employment, conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted, conviction for an offence in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered, association with an individual having any of the aforementioned characteristics.

Roche Canada does not practice or tolerate the exercise of discrimination, harassment, or violence toward any Employee. Roche Canada is committed to maintaining a safe workplace where all employees are treated with dignity and respect.
(from HR Policy)