Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 31, 2014
Updated August 31, 2014
493 Reviews
3.5
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 38 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Work load is just too much and there is absolutely no work life balance at all (in 26 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 9 reviews)

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    district manager

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    401k is good and stock has produced

    Cons

    changes made in upper management set the whole place on fire. toxic enviornment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect the opinions of managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    cut and run

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    used to be benefits, but not any longer

    Cons

    micro management, lack of SOPs and process guidance. No integrity in the drug development process. Individual departments work like a CRO, trying to please their customers while violating SOPs, FDA guidelines and ICH.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make a decision are you a pharma company or a health care company..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Novartis does not value their professional

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    Current Employee - Senior CTH  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior CTH in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, but salary is not equivalent to the 80 hr work week.

    Cons

    Mediocre salary, Micromanagers, Archaic IT and SOPs, Lacks Long Term Vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all lines from the bottom up - the ones who do the job you should listen to- Since the one on top are no longer hungry for anything but your job and Don't be Afraid of Change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    They're don't care or have any respect about tempt that work there, regular works are lying on tempt

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    Former Employee - Line Handler  in  Suffern, NY
    Former Employee - Line Handler in Suffern, NY

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It a good & nice place to work it the upper managers that need to be replace, doesn't have no respect for tempt, fear that tempt will get they position

    Cons

    Not a stable job, quick to let you good even though you work they for yrs, never want to hired tempt to permanent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to learn to know your workers better, there's a lot of tempt who's killing them self, working hard and not being acknowledged for it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Abusive managers and most dysfunctional workplace ever

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good products
    Decent pipeline
    Lots of paid time off

    Cons

    Numerous sales managers guilty of bullying, emotional abuse, and sexual harassment.
    Extensive sex discrimination--I got a lot of money out of the sexual discrimination lawsuit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the field sales managers and start over. Fire any manager who has received more than one complaint of bullying or harassment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from this place...not worth it. Managers do NOT give a sh!t about people.

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    Current Employee - Global Clinical Program Head  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Global Clinical Program Head in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    None. Not one. Management is too busy giving employees the impression they really care about work/life balance then they tell people they cant work more then 1 day a week at home. Total BS. Nobody is friendly their. People walk around with grins on their faces. All the foreign people are not americanized and you cant even understand what they are saying half the time. They are hired because they get paid half of what americans would have to get paid. This is reflected in the type of people you have to work with on projects. I am talking about most Asians that are not US citizens.

    Cons

    Terrible disjointed end of year review process that does not get done correclty and serve its purpose. Management often admits they need to work on a lot of internal issues. So why havnt they changed things?? They bust your b@ll$ and then will screw you in the end. The average employee does not want to account for their responsibilities and this screws up many project timelines and then people will play the blame game and point fingers and you will get a bad review - if people even submit a review you requested of them - most people don't bother because nobody gets glamorous reviews there. Expect to be average in your review as an employee and just go thru the motions of working there and following the same procesess year after year until you are fed up with the place and quit or get laid off. This is the last place in NJ anyone should want to work. Stay away from it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit your job and join the peace corp. You will learn more valuable life lessons then working here. Then maybe you will actually care about people. Reverse your true values because they are backwards. Treat people with respect. Remember what you learned in Kindergarden about people? Its all true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very poor communication and unclear, unproductive processes.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people and physical environment to work in.

    Cons

    Very poor communication from managers to administration. Very little respect shown toward administration staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your administrative staff with the same respect as your medical colleagues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be good not anymore

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant  in  Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Morgantown, WV

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits company car

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, no drugs to sell, everything going generic or getting pulled off market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employees more informed on what's going on with the company

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The company does not value it's talent

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant  in  Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Paramus, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Benefits are very good
    Time Off /Vacation is very good
    Sales Reps are viewed very positively despite constant changes from management.

    Cons

    Novartis does not value it's employee, realigning every few years so that tenured reps get let go unnecessarily. Physicians hate these transitions as it disrupts the relationships and quality spent in offices. The rating system is unfair and even those with excellent performance get let go by a third party company. The company spends more time defending itself in lawsuits and compliance issues than actually product training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the customer in the center of the equation and they will tell you, they dislike constant disruptions and changes to the sales force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely bad management, no respect for skilled professionals, over working is part of life, too many mistakes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good salary if one can negotiate well
    Learning opportunity if one can find time
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Very Poor management
    Far away from reality
    Everyone is trying to move upwards by hook or by crook
    Too much politics
    No respect for skilled professionals
    Performance or merit does not matter in promotion, it is more based on Management's liking of a particular person

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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