GlaxoSmithKline

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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
558 Reviews
3.6
558 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with excellent benefits!!!

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

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company was a great company to work for!!! Management was very willing to help, and very flexible to accommodate with work restrictions. Employment atmosphere was very pleasant, and our group felt like a work family. They also had a great vacation plan, holidays, and excellent benefits!!! One of the few companies that still offer a pension plan as well.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is the potential for layoffs, but that seems to be a growing trend in the pharmaceutical industry, unfortunately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I have to management is to never make promises about promotions at mid-year reviews and then never follow through with it at year end reviews, especially when it was in writing in the review system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Ok pay. Good benefits for families

    Cons

    Can't advance. A real good ole boy company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair

    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Database Developer in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Database Developer in Phila, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, pay and retirement

    Cons

    The Philadelphia wage tax is a killer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Global Multi Channel Marketing Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global MCM Director in New Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Global MCM Director in New Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Good at supporting career development

    Cons

    Changes in headcount and structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Systems Support Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training opportunity, Flexible schedule, good compensation

    Cons

    Tenure based instead of performance based.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I loved working for this company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Audit Manager, R&D Internal Audit in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Audit Manager, R&D Internal Audit in Phila, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    GSK is staff-oriented. Management seeks to empower staff to be the best they can be in their roles. To this end, GSK offers in-depth training, professional development and career path guidance. The pay and perks are excellent, not to mention the time-off structure, flexible work hours and friendly, competent, highly educated and motivated staff.

    Cons

    There is a distinct lack of upward mobility since GSK began downsizing five or so years ago. Competition for manager, director, positions is highly competitive. This forces staff to move laterally, stay in their same position for years, or leave the company to seek better opportunities. This is a shame since it costs GSK in talent and key knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none at this time.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, work from home, opportunities available

    Cons

    Heavy workload, but that is job security

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Focus on breadth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Leadership Development Program Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Procurement Leadership Development Program Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Globally focused, nurturing culture, strong and diverse product portfolio, strong emphasis on maintaining healthy work-life balances. The company allows you to do so and encourages it. Great benefits: 401K with up to 6% match, Pension Plan and generous vacation time according to US standards.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy as I'd expect from any large company. Top heavy company with too few workers. Long term employees overpaid and unambitious. The company does offer great benefits and as such creates an atmosphere of "golden handcuffs"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company!

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent support system from management, good benefits, fun job when you work hard,

    Cons

    Very big. Need to live near corporate to advance within company,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more work from home options for employees that have a great skill set but are unable to easily live near one of the corporate centers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The best company I have worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GPS Lead in Zebulon, NC
    Current Employee - GPS Lead in Zebulon, NC

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

    Pros

    This company is great when it comes to work life balance.

    Cons

    I cant think of any really

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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