GlaxoSmithKline Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated May 9, 2014
Updated May 9, 2014
479 Reviews
3.6
479 Reviews
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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.  

    Very poor leadership and recognition of strong performers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Saving lives with Vaccines
    salary is OK

    Cons

    bad leadership
    reward poor behaviour (ie big payouts)
    do not share information
    staff surveys are constantly poor but nothing is done
    work/life balance is bad yet they talk about how good it is
    knowledge is power = people do not share information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the leadership
    Look at work/life balance
    It's corny but walk the talk -currently people don't

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Logistics  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Logistics in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Get to work on real projects, friendly people and an environment you learn a lot in.

    Cons

    There is no structure in place to retain interns. I was told whilst I was there that at any one time there are 5 times as many interns as there are graduate places, and nearly all of the graduate places are filled from recruitment outside of people on internships/placements there. I was given fantastic feedback for the duration of my internship but at the end there was no framework in place for me to be offered a full time role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    SKB Product failures led to cash crisis in GSK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Colleagues and procurement culture pre-2007

    Cons

    Lack of credibility of senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Patience required with organisation

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good place to apply science and engineering and a leader in the field. Attractive product pipeline when compared to the rest of the industry and the presence of a new CEO who will make change happen

    Cons

    Politics, Beurocracy. Takes too long to do anything and only those that brownose seem to suceed. Management is very retracted from the issues that cause us problems in production so there proposed solutions for better operational efficiency is somewhat blurred. R&D is not a productive environment compared to other companies that seem to do development far better than GSK

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the ground so what things are really like

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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