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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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3.5 440 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty

Andrew Witty

(266 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefit package is pretty good and the work/life balance is pretty reasonable for pharma(in 39 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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    Great company long ago

    Regional Account Manager (Former Employee) Memphis, TN

    ProsVast portfolio but few new blockbusters

    ConsHas become too large and impersonal in regard to employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay in compliance with FDA rules

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Operator (Former Employee) Ontario, CA

    ProsFriendly environment good pay and benefits

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat everybody same at least try

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pathetic joke masquerading as a real company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt'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 Senior ManagementSenior 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsAs 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    GlaxoSmithKline not for hungry junior professionals

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsPlace 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

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

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsThere is a lot of training available to improve yourself

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

    Advice to Senior Managementwalk the talk

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IT M&A team member and Project Manager

    M&A PM of Acquired Company (Former Employee)

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

    ConsConstant 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 Senior ManagementSee cons

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A once great company going the wrong direction and losing trust.

    Manager (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsGood salary and benefits.
    Adequate IT systems and remote access.

    ConsDramatic declining interest in US markets and employees.
    Long term employees are viewed as a liability rather than an asset.
    Employees are now dispensable and discarded if they can hire cheaper or outsource the job. GSK has no loyalty to their employees.
    Lousy open plan working environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLong term pharmaceutical expertise cannot be effectively replaced with so-called experts from unrelated industries. Short term gains will not last long.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Everyone talks the talk...no one walks the walk

    Director (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    Proslarge, lots of products, excellent work life balance

    Consflexible ethics, fairly nepotistic, very UK centric culture, very political, very stressful

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the reorganizations. Every time one happens work stops for 6 months. The best employees leave for greener pastures. Senior management needs to be held accountable for questionable behavior.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not worth it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- good pay
    - good benefits

    Cons- you have to sell your soul to the devil

    Advice to Senior Management- interact with the employees more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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