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Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
193 Reviews
3.0
193 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance for the most part but does depend on local management (in 54 reviews)

  • Work environment is good in the sense people want to strive for the best (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • like any pharma, very high pressure; tough to establish work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Senior management is completely closed off from the rest of the company and has no idea what is going on (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Tough year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits, really smart colleagues

    Cons

    Undergoing a very painful restructuring with an unclear future for the pharma side of the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a clear path to success very soon!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Was a great company many years ago before all the mergers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good vacation, pension, bonus

    Cons

    Managers do not go through any kind of training, performance reviews are unfair due to GSK requiring managers to pick a certain number of employees to fill the required "fail" slots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not play favorites. Be fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    GSK 2015

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Current Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Multiple products, Divisions, Career opportunities, Great training, Great support

    Cons

    Challenge to balance KPIs and Sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    simplify the mission

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great people, struggling company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Scientist in Collegeville, PA
    Former Contractor - Senior Scientist in Collegeville, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people in my group were wonderful to work with, excellent expertise and good team work. Opinions of everyone were heard, good scientific discussions took place.

    Cons

    Few individuals were hard to interact with, communication skills were not fostered by management. Global reorganization left people worried. Performance evaluations were very stressful and impacted work morale negatively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication has to be made a key asset to every team that wants to work effectively across disciplines. Contract workers are treated differently, perhaps that is the norm, but for example team awards are given only to regular employees, even if most of the work may have been done by the contractor. Very demoralizing, fails to foster loyalty and trust.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    work-life balance is quite good

    Cons

    not open-minded, Micromanagement, slow for promotion

  7.  

    Decent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, good salary, interesting work

    Cons

    Commute is challenging, the boss can make or break your experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    GSK USA R&D

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good people, pay and benefits

    Cons

    Restructuring and lay-offs occur every 2-4 years

    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great company and good science

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Investigator in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary. Great science and good working atmosphere. Lots of opportunities for growth and development within project teams.

    Cons

    Downsizing is prevalent with no end in sight. Management claims transparency but so many decisions are secret and then dropped on the rest of the company without discussion or considering all the options.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    GSK has lost its way.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Generous pay and benefits.
    Supports developmental experiences for employees.

    Cons

    Restructuring is limiting opportunities to take on a different role or work experiences.
    Drive to standardize every process is stifling creativity.
    Open space working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step back, stop micromanaging, instead lead with transparency and let people deliver their best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Once was a great company to work for as a sales rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Company provided great salary and career opportunities in various departments (marketing, sales, finance, etc.)

    Cons

    Forcing sales reps to take test. Patient first sales model

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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