Meet Ali

Tell us a bit about yourself

Studied at the University of California, Davis with BS in Chemistry and minor in Biological Sciences. I have work in the Environmental for three years, before moving into Roche Diagnostic since the last years. Started in Pleasanton for 11months in Systems Development before moving to RDI for 2 years to work for systems integration.  Finally, I was given the great opportunity to move back to Pleasanton and work for the GPS-Pleasanton group in Software Engineering.

In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?

I work in the Pleasanton Facility.  On top of California being my home, working in the bay area provides a stimulating environment that is in touch with a lot of local and global substantial topics and venues.  I am a fan of the diverse culture that is experienced in the major cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, which in return is reflected in the quality of the people available that I can associate myself with.

Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?

I have decided to join Roche (Back in the June 2011) for the message and quality service that is dedicated to patients.  That commitment was never altered in during the entirety of my Roche career, and the more I am invested in Roche the truer I find the motto to hold.  Also, coming back to Pleasanton was my way of giving back the company and truly contributing to their message in being committed to Diagnostics.  I wanted to share the experience gained abroad and the opportunities given to me by Roche back here in Pleasanton where it is needed.  I believe that is only way I can find my value tangible and my participation effective.

What is your current position at Roche?

I am part of a Software Engineer group with the focus of developing software, testing it, and validating it for the respective Platforms (Genomics and Oncology).  My role being a Test Analyst, entitles me to review the software requirements, comply with them, provide the needed testing, and validate the software post its development.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

Roche has provided me with the environment I have always believed to be ideal for any nourishment.  I am surrounded by well-rounded colleagues that are invested in me, care for me, and truly passionate about their work.  Also, the culture that is implemented here is what truly makes Roche unique an employer; where the beliefs are essential, but does not exclude anyone from any background, and it is practiced by every individual.  Overall, Roche is a great nourishing environment that utilizes everyone’s background, skills, and experience into an essential working element in its culture.

How would you describe the people working here?

I have always felt the sense of a family surrounding me while working either here in Pleasanton or in Rotkreuz.  Although, everyone is busy conducting their job duties and daily tasks, but never too busy to provide any support, advice, or even a casual chat to lighten your day.  Roche is a family of mine.

How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”

My Job in the Software Engineering group allows me to provide a validated software within the highest of quality for the associated systems that provide a direct impact in a patient’s health.  As a Test Analyst, I am obligated to tackle the worst case of undesired scenarios that a patient might face during their treatment endeavor.  My knowledge, experience, and quality of work, would only prevent the patient’s possibility of facing such obstacles.  

So, what patients need next is a diagnostic tool with software that does nothing but help and aid them during their journey to recovery, and my current role is an essential irreplaceable piece of that big picture. 

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