Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
524 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 39 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance is not well balanced and the pressure is difficult to support (in 30 reviews)

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

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    SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Visibility, responsibility to lead team.

    Cons

    HR process are suffocating overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, interesting work

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for up and comers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for advancement

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very good company but constant downsizings

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and strong middle management.

    Cons

    Lost it's employee focus over the last 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Many interesting years

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a diverse environment, where you meet people from different countries and learn how they perceive the work environment. Novartis has a competitive atmosphere, making you strive to be the best you can be. It offers many opportunities that can help you grow in your career. I worked 24 years there and I wish I could have worked at least 15 more.

    Cons

    As with many other pharmaceutical companies, you feel your job is at jeopardy because of the contant restructuring due to patent losses and outsourcing to contract manufacturing, R&D and moving whole departments to other countries with cheaper labor or less regulation, like China.
    Raises were getting lower or none at all in the last few years. Promotions were many times based on who you know, not what you know, which can severely damage the competitive future of any company, by placing incompetent people in critical positions and creating a hostile or un satisfying environment.
    The personnel review process was based on forced distribution, or bell curve. Therefore, they had to "punish" some for that sake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should concentrate more on the practical side of the company and less on theoretical training that just leads to waste of resources and time. Give credit where credit is due.
    Use your position wisely and recognize the real talent surrounding you and promote and reward accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice Working ENvironment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    At Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation the working environment is a good career choice. There is a good chance of advancing if you are a good worker.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. There is too much paperwork, assessments, peer reviews and management reviews that effect the productivity of your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of corporate rivalry that must be overcome to get a more cooperation among the workers. Most importantly, do not send U.S. jobs overseas to India & China.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good company for career development and opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Smart people and excellent training.

    Cons

    Political situation can severely speed or slow career progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try your best to retain top employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Director

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    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great company, growing and professional

    Cons

    Corporate centric and conservative. Loosing the Swiss culture with American. CIO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    De centralize some key decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My overall experience with Novartis was positive.

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    Former Employee - Senior Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Novartis is well managed financially and attracts good talent.

    Cons

    Novartis had too many reorganizations and did not value career development. Culture lacked transparency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Capital Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    I consider Novartis to be one of the best companies to work for in terms of salary, work life balance, diversity and inclusion, benefits and continuous learning. In terms of people, I would say that it depends on who you are matched with (department, peers, superiors, Subordinates, etc). I had an excellent experience during my eight year tenure because I was paired with a great group of peers, superiors, subordinates, contractors, and vendors.

    Cons

    As in most companies, your career path may not progress as fast as you would like it to. As a result, you may have to make the difficult decision to leave. Also, do to the nature of the business, "layoff", similar to rain, is a natural occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Management is to keep making the company profitable for shareholders because there is absolutely nothing you can do to satisfy every employees' needs encompassing personal growth, office culture and training. As with most companies, personal growth is up to the discretion of the respective employees. Novartis spends millions per year trying to maintain an office culture that is inclusive and accepting. Albeit, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the countless hours you spend on internal trainings (compliance, job specific, diversity & inclusion, etc).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at Novartis was a very positive experience

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I found the atmosphere to be professional, encouraging, and supportive. I did not experience any time/energy wasted on "office politics" or jockeying for position. I was given the resources I needed to perform my duties, and I found the work to be stimulating and challenging.

    Cons

    There tend to be "silos" of information. I felt I might have performed even better with opportunities to understand better the work of other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the lines of communication about the long-range prospects for each facility in the corporate vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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