GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
482 Reviews
3.6
482 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    I loved working for this company.

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Focus on breadth

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    Great company!

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    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Exciting and interesting public policy work.

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

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    My co-workers were cordial and intelligent, and the work was really interesting. I also had a good variety of work to do. I felt like my contributions made a difference.

    Cons

    None really. The coffee in the break room wasn't always good, but there was a Starbucks kiosk on site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people...great compamy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Wonderful smart people to work with, good benefits and bonus opportunities. Lots of development opportunities, project work and empowerment. Dynamic and personable CEO, Andrew Witty.

    Cons

    constant reorganizations and restructures, promotional opportunites have become fewer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase annual salary budget, look hard at increasing resourcing in some areas, like HR and repersonalize HR for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Culture is great! Values of company are ones that you can really feel good about!

    Cons

    Takes way too long to get promoted and jobs are competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways to reward and promote your people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My experience at GSK was wonderful!

    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative  in  Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent training, great team members, company culture (focused on the patient) and a fun challenge !

    Cons

    My contract was only for three years. I was sorry to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing !

  10.  

    I love working here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare plan, fun team-building outings, great pay, good amount of paid vacation days, and a wonderful bonus every year.

    Cons

    Sometimes coworkers gossip, spread rumors, etc. but that is expected in every workplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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 as an intern

    Pros

    I enjoyed working at GSK for over 2 years. There were many good things about the company but the site where I was located had multiple internal needs that needed addressing. The benefits were top of the line and std and ltd were the best I've ever seen. They also provided you with training opportunities that helped develop you into a better associate.

    Cons

    Some things that could have changed were people in key leadership/managerial roles. I will leave it at that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some advice I would share with management is to hire based on personality and skill level not just the experience that is stated on the resume. Many people are capable of being placed in key positions if only afforded the opportunity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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