Novartis Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Horrid- CTMR Oncology global is a terrible place to work. Everyone is replaceable and they don't have any Work life bala

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    flexible depending in team for WFH.

    Cons

    office culture is terrible. 15 hour days are normal but typically 18 hour days plus weekend. Sr. leadership in global oncology runs a top down approach and doesn't want anyone to have input, think or be proactive. any monkey can do the job basically. they don't value employees education, experience - no value added.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, it shouldn't be a dictatorship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Sales Mgr

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    HUGE Company with amazing resources & oportunity.
    Good current products & great pipeline
    A LOT (lot, lot) meetings. The are extremely helpful and many decisions are made. Many Key forms, spreadsheets & reports are created to help guide the reps.

    Cons

    The yearly performance review fiom is HUGE &confusing-&was called absolute ridiculousness by the author of "The One Minute Manager"Ken Blanchard- who was our keynote speaker.
    He also said that cutting the Bottom 20% of your sales force every year has idiocy. We managers gave him a standing ovation. .. and he was never seen or heard from again.
    The administration load is so extreme that rep are more concerned with checking boxes on the spreadsheet them selling---crazy, absolute cra cra.
    If you are good at admin, email, creative writing, excel (most imp. thing a Mgr gotta know-says my VP) ppt, and politocs- you sir/madam will make a great manager! Forget selling/trainimg/coaching- focus on covering your 6.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to drastically cut the sales force- you still have 3 times to many
    focus on true selling skills & training. (Remember how much a disaster "Drop Everything & Sell" was? It produced More admin!!)
    Treat ALL teams wIth respect- even mass market teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. bad place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    good benefits , salary and vacation

    Cons

    unhealthy environment, poor and cut throat management

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Novartis = bean counters in charge

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    Former Contractor - Engineering in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Engineering in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Did not see any pro's

    Cons

    Company morale was simply destroyed, decent leadership was just not present, new managers seem inept, the whole approach was one of cost cutting above all. Talent, seniority, respect on any level was tossed out the window. Layoffs and worker approach was cost based only, your skill or value was ignored, this company has zero respect for engineering or technical anything, makes sense why big pharma is hurting. I would avoid this nameplate totally, they are in the process of destroying Alcon in Irvine, pre-Novartis, that company was a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and get out of the surgical world, sell out and take your cash, you don't belong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    If something is too good to be true, it is.

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    Current Contractor - Tissue Culture Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Tissue Culture Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Satisfying work if you get the position you want, good pay, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Nepotism runs rampant. The person who trained me got me replaced without warning for her husband who now works in the same lab as her. They will tell you anything to keep you around long enough to suck the last bit of happiness from you before they discard you for an over-qualified family member. Too many meetings where nothing ever gets accomplished. Everyone with anything higher than a Bachelor's degree walks around thinking they are the next Einstein, all while getting paid to sit at their computer and watch That 70s Show on Netflix all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You work at Pfizer's ugly cousin...put your feet on the ground, you aren't god. Keep people who do a good job around, don't promise people's family members a job and replace competent workers for it. Have a meeting that actually produces something for once. Stop letting everyone "work from home" and then complain when things in the lab don't get done. In short, do your job the right way.

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

    Career Development

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

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of HR encouragement for career development.

    Cons

    It is unclear how decisions are made about hiring. It is an opaque process. It is impossible to move from one department to another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    V&D Division

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome team and direct management.

    Cons

    2012 Global V&D CFO was a cheap and always watched the budget. Rejected additional headcount when critically needed, only approved higher management promotions, and reduced headcount to capture "savings".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They've forgotten the key value of the company which is talent. You know something is wrong when the division has a high turnover.

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

    work life balance doesn't exist

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    Former Employee - Position Being Relocated in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Position Being Relocated in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    they actually have great benefits compared to other lfie sciences companies. of course they can't compete with Genentech.

    Cons

    wow.. to many to list.
    their moto is to keep talent and promote within. i think it's the complete the opposite considering they've mastered in laying off great FTE employees, sending work off shore, and hiring mainly contractors and temps to save money. If you've been with the company for many years, more than likely, your colleagues who have less years with Novartis are making 30-40% more than you. Now, if you have a close relationship with management, then surely they can get you a 30% pay increase on a promotion without hesitation.

    The indians have very long hours while the Chiefs have a 6 hour work day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you truly value talent, then do a better job in keeping them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    CFO

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, good environment

    Cons

    lots of temporary contractors filling for open permanent positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more fulltime employees instead of army of temporary contractors

  11. 6 people found this helpful

    Novartis is a good place to be from

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    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Good science. Good resources. Good management training opportunities.

    Cons

    Most toxic work environment I have ever experienced. Managers only focus on managing "up" to move ahead, often at the cost of their reports. No internal promotions and little recognition for quality work. Speak up and be cut off at the knees culture, even private discussions with manager. Employee review process generally used to punish those who do not fit the "Stepford" employee model. HR's primary role is to protect the abusive middle management corps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is such a dramatic disconnect between the stated Novartis values and behaviors norms and those demonstrated by management up to the SVP level that it must be condoned by top management. This must change or Novartis will loose it's innovation culture and become another lock-step big Pharma with a failed internal R&D pipeling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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