Meet Robert T.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Rob and I’m 33 years old. I am originally from Merrillville, Indiana, USA, and I relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana for a job opportunity after graduating college. My background is in Mechanical Engineering, and I have held several different positions since I began working for Roche. In my spare time, I enjoy restoring classic American muscle cars to factory/new condition. I currently own a 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda (Barracuda), and am continually upgrading the car with new components to keep that “factory fresh” operation and appearance. I hope to have it judged in a national car show someday.
Where did you study?
I attended college at Purdue University and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
In which Roche location are you currently working?
I work at the North American headquarters for Diabetes Care in Indianapolis, Indiana. I was initially hired as a contractor and was working onsite in 2005. I was then hired full-time as a Manufacturing Engineer in 2007.
What can you tell us about that location?
The Indianapolis campus consists of about 21 main buildings spread across 150 acres, which is approximately 25 minutes from my home. The campus has a beautiful park, complete with soccer fields, baseball diamond, a picnic area and nature trails. There are several coordinated sporting events throughout the year, including flag football, soccer and softball. Employees can also take advantage of the fitness facility, which contains a multitude of fitness equipment and instructor-led fitness classes. My favorite campus location is the courtyard, where employees can take a walk during lunch, or have a seat on a bench and enjoy the lake.
Why did you decide to join Roche?
I was fortunate to attend a conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2005 where I had the opportunity to meet several team members from the Accu-Chek Development Group. It was instantly apparent that the group was very down-to-earth and friendly. After working as a contractor at the facility for two years, I realized that the working environment and opportunity to make an impact was something that I wanted to experience permanently. Naturally, the people in the organization made the choice easy and my full-time opportunity possible.
What is your current job?
I am currently enrolled in a rotational development program called STRIDES, which is an acronym for STrategic Roche Investment in Development ExperienceS. This program is offered to anyone who is interested in developing/refining leadership skill sets, and experiencing other functional groups within Diabetes Care. My first rotation is in the Finance Group as a Business Analyst, where I am responsible for leading key initiatives to optimize business profits, while learning financial principles. I collaborate with project teams to identify potential cost-savings initiatives, evaluating the financial impact of each project, and interact with executive leadership to maintain focus of project deliverables and projected savings. We currently have over 110 projects identified in six different business areas, so it has been quite interesting to learn how all the different business areas work together.
What makes it such a great job?
The greatest attribute of my current role is the diversity of day-to-day activities and the challenges they present. Each day is truly unique, and the business provides the empowerment to take on new challenges and provide real solutions to meet our goals.
Can you pick at least three of the attributes of Roche and explain in detail what they mean to you?
Work/life balance is important to me and balancing a demanding schedule (both at work and at home) can be challenging. In all the positions I have held, I have never felt pressured to take time away from my family to be at work, or needed to cancel vacation time. Leaders understand that personal time away is important to maintaining clear focus on your job.
Every individual within the business is aligned around providing the highest quality products available on the market. We structure our daily actions and beliefs to place the customers’ needs first, and to help individuals to safely manage diabetes. It is truly rewarding to know that you are considered part of the team providing solutions to people to make their lives better.
Roche truly provides an “open slate” for your career path. Whether it is designing and building new manufacturing equipment or products, leading project teams, or managing departments, there are multiple opportunities available.
Please complete the following sentence:
Roche is a great place to work because…
…of the people. You spend a lot of time with the people you work with, so it’s important to me to have a close-knit, family-like atmosphere in the workplace. The people at Roche have a good balance of intermingling personal life with work.
How would you describe the people working here?
Open, honest and engaging. Everyone strives to be the best at their job, and they are willing to help you achieve your best as well.
What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?
Roche is a great place to work. For me, it provides the right mix of day-to-day diversity, challenges, and professional opportunities and growth. The people make the environment exceptionally rewarding and fun. Overall, it’s been a great experience!
Thanks for your story!