Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
487 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 36 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work load is just too much and there is absolutely no work life balance at all (in 24 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good people, overseas management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Largest pharma company on the globe
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Swiss ownership/micro-management of domestic domestic site is overbearing
    Houra can be a little rough during production campaigns.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Wary of working for Big Pharma

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Pay, flexible work schedule and benefits

    Cons

    career development, management and culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Management should listen more to their employees.

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    Current Employee - Medical Advisor  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks, a lot of flexibility to work remotely and in regards to schedule.

    Cons

    There is a huge lack of communication and cooperation between different functions and between management and employees. There is little openness to challenge of ideas and subject matter experts are usually disregarded. People work in silos, and the organization is hugely political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening to your people more, you have a lot of very experienced knowledgable people that can contribute greatly to the business. People are passionate and feel valor ate when they are listened to and considered. Additionally, try to on board people better, a lot of teams, people is thrown to a position with no guidance what so ever and sometimes with not very welcoming teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Upper management's fantasy world allows them to believe they've reinvented the wheel

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    Former Employee - Neuro Psych Specialist  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Neuro Psych Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Direct report management was great

    Cons

    The upper management is either in denial or smoking something

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to "the front lines!" ((Sadly, this will never happen, rather it's easier to stay quiet, check Facebook & collect an unreasonably high salary to look busy while making no difference whatsoever. Thank God for R & D!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Toxic culture perpetuated from senior management down, constant box checking and micromanagement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Field based sales teams in many areas are exceptionally talented. In spite of toxic management, some great products, making their way to the patients because of exceptional field force. The goal of best in class patient services programs will be achieved, slowly, in spite of itself. Excellent benefits, salary, and diversity.

    Cons

    Senior management issues are rampant throughout organization. Realignments and reorganizations are the norm. Culture of the organization is one that encourages shameless self promotion and working in silos. Collaboration and innovation frowned upon and often punished. Box checking/micromanagement from the highest levels down. Problem employees/managers protected and promoted. The disconnect between home office and field team is much larger then in other companies. Too many layers of management, lack of respect for the organization in many markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I got whiplash from the number of times management changed their minds

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    Current Employee - Associate  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Good commute, non "upper" management level people were awesome, had a really good boss but unfortunately he could not handle the crazy dramatic inconceivable personalities around him

    Cons

    Swear to god, i think there are some governments run better than Novartis Emeryville

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic about goals and timelines. Don't just implement a system or change without good communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Novartis was a great company to me throughout my career, but things are different now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It was a great place to work and still is in the oncology division

    Cons

    All about bottom line, too many internal processes, they do not value the people that got them to the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find your soul

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    overall positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    change in culture values and expections

    Cons

    not enough products coming out. Products going off patent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a vision. Dont be afraid of doing copromotions

  10.  

    I was a great place to be!

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    Current Employee - Primary Care
    Current Employee - Primary Care

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

    Pros

    Learned alot and did well witrh the company

    Cons

    Unfortunately within the last 10 years the sales force has gone from 8,000 representatives down to roughly 600.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the representatives do what they do best!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Ex executive specialist at Novartis

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    Former Employee - Executive Neuroscience Specialist  in  Guaynabo, PR
    Former Employee - Executive Neuroscience Specialist in Guaynabo, PR

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

    Pros

    Great salary,used to be very aggressive and used to have lost of money to invest.

    Cons

    They had all the eggs in one basket, hypertension. No pipeline very unstable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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