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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 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

    Material Handler (Current Employee) Marietta, PA

    ProsGreat work environment, friendly co-workers, safe woking conditions.

    ConsMost of the staff (myself included) are contingent workers. GSK "contracts" us for 18 mon then lays off for 6 mon. to avoid paying benefits to "temp" workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou would save money spent on retraining personel as well as wages paid to returning employees to "do nothing" until clearances/access is reinstated. You are also losing money by having permanent staff retrain someone who already knows what they are doing. Also, J&J pays $10 more per hour for this job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    GlaxoSmithKline - Weak culture

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Parsippany, NJ

    ProsGood Work-life balance. Good salary and benefits, including bonus opportunity. People are nice and supportive for the most part.

    ConsWeak culture. Morale is low driven by too many restructures and layoffs. Opportunities to grow are limited as there are very few higher level jobs. The structure has become very flat after restructuring. It sometimes feels like a cold company without a soul.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to your people which is your most important asset.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall favorable but beware of the politics and the politicians

    Commercial Side of the Business (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsGood products line with some of the products truly world-class. The benefit package is pretty good and the work/life balance is pretty reasonable for pharma. GSK did a nice job keeping employees up-to-date with what was going on in the company and not just in the country you worked but overall. Felt well connected.

    ConsSometimes a bit afraid of their own shadow. The Corporate Integrity Agreement signed in June 2012 took its toll on innovation and willingness to swing and miss. There always seemed to be something changing so knowing the most current operating policies meant searching the intranet for the recipe far too often.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for what's going right in addition to what's not working.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Typical of the New World

    Senior Executive Clinical Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh science , intelligent discussions are the norm in the Specialty Arena

    Cons"Cultural Diversity" has all but eliminated high performing employees from the advancment pool. Careers can quickly stall

    Advice to Senior ManagementMANY barriers.You must be willing gto pay to play. Family is second.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good ideas poor execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsFirst line management is engaged with employee needs to get the job done. Flexible hours. Friendly staff and team atmosphere.

    ConsUpper management is out of touch with needs of employees. Promotion go to who they know. Retention of employees seems to be a problem.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse more common sense. Some internal initiatives waste time from actual work being performed, and puts false emphasis on promoting safety while working with less.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great to poor

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary
    Great in first 10 years

    ConsMerger with Glaxo, company run by lawyers

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen

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    Once great now very average

    Director (Former Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsGood salary, team working environment, good place to learn but no longer a career maker.

    ConsOpen "kitchen table" work station that company adopted in 2011 is a nightmare to work in. Very difficult to concentrate and you spend your evenings doing the quality work. Management is disengaged and only goes through the motions. Laid off (retired) after 30+ yrs and didn't get so much as a good-bye handshake.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake annual performance planning seriously. A lot of time goes into performance planning and review by the employees but management rarely engages and follows up on plans and development.

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

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    Typical for a large global pharmaceutical company.

    Validation Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe advantage of working for a large pharmaceutical are the broad opportunities available to employees for advancing your career. The benefits are good for employees. The salary and bonus is competitive with the best incentives for the lower salary grades. GSK is trying to create an image of a good corporate citizen in the aftermath of several well known regulatory compliance issues. And if you love open office concepts, then there's a place for you at GSK.

    ConsAs with any large pharma, creating a strong corporate culture is talked about, but not organically cultivated. Having worked at smaller biotech companies, it is apparent that although they want to create a culture it is difficult for a large globally disconnected corporation to truly have a common culture. Innovation and thinking outside the box are trumped by bureaucracy and following the herd. My personal experience with HR is that they toe the company line and are not truly ambassadors for employees. Open office concept is not as productive as management would have you believe.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Going down year after year since 2007

    Manager (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsReasonably stable environment, good pay, and descent (used to be excellent) benefits

    ConsPoor leadership, disconnect between senior and middle-range management, poor treatment of employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that employees are the main asset, not the pipeline.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent perks, training and development.

    ConsExtroverted "speak up" employees and leadership are being managed out of the organization. New culture prioritizes appearance to the general public, even if it means sacrificing their integrity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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