Roche Goes Online to Coordinate Global Recruitment

Talent Management Provider Taleo Helps Roche Strategically Enhance Its Global

Recruitment and Talent Management Practices

Mar 22, 2006, 00:00 ET from Taleo Corporation

    SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Taleo
 Corporation (Nasdaq:   TLEO), the leading provider of talent management
 solutions, today announced it has completed implementation into eight
 countries of its solution with global pharmaceutical giant Roche. Taleo has
 helped Roche improve the effectiveness and transparency of its global staffing
 by reducing costs and selecting quality candidates quickly. Roche now uses
 Taleo's on demand talent management solutions in countries across the globe
 including the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, South
 Africa and Spain.  Roche is also planning on expanding its implementation of
 Taleo throughout additional countries this year.
     Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the world's leading
 research-based healthcare companies, with approximately 68,000 employees in
 150 countries. Prior to Taleo, the company typically received thousands of
 applications per month, both online and through paper based CVs, but there was
 no candidate pool or systematic process for selecting suitable and talented
 individuals quickly. As a result, a strategic decision was made to implement
 Taleo's talent management solutions to assess, acquire, develop and align its
 global workforce.
     "In the past, our recruiters were operating in the traditional and
 reactive way. They used to pre-screen the thousands of CVs they were receiving
 by using approximate key words," states Andreas Kuhlen, i-HR Project Manager,
 Global Talent Sourcing at Roche. "They would then print a hundred resumes and
 go through them manually. Today, the Taleo solution enables us to select the
 top profiles in a few seconds thanks to the pre-screening questions and
 processes we put in place, based on our business needs and our culture. We
 reduced agency costs by sourcing more via our careers site at '' and
 by proactively managing and monitoring agency submissions."
     Christoph Thoma, Head of Corporate HR Planning and Controlling at Roche,
 continues,  "Each position we have to offer at Roche should be visible on a
 local and global web page and, at the same time, each person interested in
 working with our company should be able to leave their data. We needed a
 solution that would enable us to find the high quality talent among these
 numerous candidates before they would move to our competitors, and Taleo helps
 us achieve these goals."
     Taleo's on demand talent management solution covers the whole Roche
 staffing process from requisition to hire, managing all candidate activities.
 HR departments share a pool of candidates and have transparent staffing
 processes, increasing global efficiency. Roche now has 40,000 candidates a
 month visiting its corporate careers website to apply online rather than
 having to compare applications from different mediums. As a result, staffing
 is now viewed as a strategic asset to the company and recruiters are perceived
 as value-added professionals who provide line managers with the best employee
 quickly, whether it is an internal or external candidate.
     Taleo Group Vice President Neil Hudspith comments, "Roche was facing a
 classic problem experienced by many large organisations, when it comes to
 dealing with thousands of resumes and applicants. The company has been very
 successful in attracting candidates, but needed a solution to coordinate and
 evaluate the data more effectively. Taleo has enabled Roche to save time and
 increase efficiency. As a result Roche has been successful in making
 recruitment a strategic asset for the company, and a foundation for their
 global talent management strategy."
     About Taleo
     Taleo delivers on demand talent management solutions that enable
 organizations of all sizes to assess, acquire, develop and align their
 workforce for improved business performance.  Taleo's customers use its suite
 of solutions to improve their talent management processes to reduce the time
 and costs associated with these processes and to enhance the quality,
 productivity and efficiency of their workforces.  Taleo currently has more
 than 350 corporate customers with approximately 500,000 registered users who
 use our services to fill positions in almost 100 countries.  For more
 information visit
     About Roche
     Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is one of the worlds leading
 research-focused healthcare groups in the fields of pharmaceuticals and
 diagnostics. As a supplier of innovative products and services for the early
 detection, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, the Group
 contributes on a broad range of fronts to improving people's health and
 quality of life. Roche is a world leader in diagnostics, the leading supplier
 of medicines for cancer and transplantation and a market leader in virology.
 In 2005 sales by the Pharmaceuticals Division totalled 27.3 billion Swiss
 francs, and the Diagnostics Division posted sales of 8.2 billion Swiss francs.
 Roche employs roughly 70,000 people in 150 countries and has R&D agreements
 and strategic alliances with numerous partners, including majority ownership
 interests in Genentech and Chugai. Additional information about the Roche
 Group is available on the Internet .

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