GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
479 Reviews
3.6
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Pros
  • The benefit package is pretty good and the work/life balance is pretty reasonable for pharma (in 40 reviews)

  • Friendly environment good pay and benefits (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • like any pharma, very high pressure; tough to establish work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Lack of credibility of senior management (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Extremely slow paced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good training ground, good reputation in market, brand name

    Cons

    Too slow, not much growth

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ok Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    Management is not in tune with employees. It is sometimes difficult to accomplish tasks with the information and tools provided. They are only concerned with trying to accomplish quite unreasonable corporate goals. The move to the open work environment is counterproductive for some. Not everyone excels in that environment. Too much outsourcing! It makes the job of most employees more difficult because they have to deal with a language barrier and lack of corporate understanding when dealing with the outsourcing company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more supportive of employees. More training for middle management. Allow work from home options for sites that have open work environments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Getting worse each year

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    Current Employee - Senior Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Senior Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pay and the flexibility of the job is great, and it is nice knowing that the medicines you promote actually do help people live better lives.

    Cons

    'Patient First' is the name the company uses to describe the compensation system. Since entering into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the federal government several years ago, the company can no longer evaluate representatives on the basis of sales or prescriptions. What it has done instead is implement this new system which essentially boils down to taking tests and checking boxes. This new system has little to do with actually helping patients, and is an incredible waste of time and resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do away with "Patient First" and let us do our jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company long ago

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    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Memphis, TN

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Vast portfolio but few new blockbusters

    Cons

    Has become too large and impersonal in regard to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in compliance with FDA rules

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    keeping contract people, and hire on contract or you can get full time if you know somebody....

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    Former Employee - Operator  in  Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Operator in Ontario, CA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly environment good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Too many politics involved - it is not what you know but who you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everybody same at least try

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pathetic joke masquerading as a real company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It's a paycheck - nothing more. Once the economy begins to revive, expect significant departures. Some groups (very few), are reasonably good - good luck finding them, though.

    Cons

    "Ethics" are a pathetic joke, as is the leadership, but they are experts at spin-doctoring. Promotions - when rarely given - are dispensed to pets and favorites, with no correlation as to talent or capability. Very political and a who-knows-who environment - if you don't enjoy a-kissing or sucking up, STAY AWAY. Morale is non-existent - people are seriously overworked, overstressed and always looking over their shoulders for the next layoff festival to begin. If they developed and launched therapeutics with the frequency and enthusiasm that they downsized jobs, they would be a world class organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is not interested in advice - they have all the answers and already know everything - just ask them. Very 1980s mentality - better shake it off or suffer the consequences

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    To say the least, this was one of the least enjoyable jobs I've had throughout my career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The compensation was pretty good, and the people I worked with were hardworking, ethical, and knowledgeable in their line of work.

    Cons

    As a temp, there was no opportunity for learning or growth outside of the specific job I was placed in. My department was severely understaffed in proportion to the workload, and employee morale was generally low. Many felt that management cared little to nothing about them. The machinery we worked with was old, outdated, and were prone to breaking down, often impeding productivity and requiring frequent calls to the maintenance department. I felt that employees were constantly kept on edge by making them reapply for thier positions annually.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    GlaxoSmithKline not for hungry junior professionals

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    If you want to have work / life balance, you can do it here. There are some nice people there that promote a team environment.

    Cons

    Place is for marketers that want to take a "break". Does not encourage an environment for hungry junior professionals. If you coast by, its good enough which is not for aspiring "game changers" in the industry. Hard working is considered being competitive vs. the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job at training managers to be managers instead of just having a title. Senior managers are knowb to not have people development skills.

  10.  

    Good in many ways, but lacking in empowered employees and leadership

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is a lot of training available to improve yourself

    Cons

    career advancement is very limited and layoffs are continual over past 12 years every 3 or so years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk the talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT M&A team member and Project Manager

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    Former Employee - M&A PM of Acquired Company
    Former Employee - M&A PM of Acquired Company

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company with great resources and some very sharp people and teams. Reasonably logical organization that eventually gets the job done.

    Cons

    Constant down sizing and insensitive means to communicate this with the teams destroys any morale and sense of dedication.

    Continuous M&A in the company and yet, no standard template from which to work. The various teams need some standard guidance and as a result, often get the priorities and sequences logically incorrect, lengthening the projects, acquisition cycles, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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