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Novartis Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
261 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are good, but in practice work life balance occurs only to the operational level (in 19 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment that encourages personal and professional growth (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit (in 15 reviews)

  • People loosing focus on business due to senior management style (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    What a Mess!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Not much, other than getting to use the Alcon campus gym and cafeteria

    Cons

    Shared Service Center is a complete mess. There is no standardization and really low employee moral. Everyone is depressed and always complaining. Open work environment with one small 2 foot cube wall. Since there are no offices, there are a million meetings and conference calls a day. I never knew if I would get laid off the next day due to "Finance Transformation" and "restructuring." They laid off employees left and right from Alcon. Its in a nasty part of Fort Worth in a factory area. No restaurants or shops around, except the various strip clubs and ghetto houses around. They also don't believe in giving good reviews. If you doing amazing, they still refuse to give anything more than a meets expectations review. They have this huge process where all the managers go in a room and calibrate reviews to move them up or down. I only took the job because I was unemployed at the time. About half of the people working there were in the same situation. Personally, Im not that big of a fan of diversity.... Lets just say, they hire their brothas, sistas, and cousins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit laying people off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rigid organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is reasonable and benefits are good. Novartis is a company with global reach with resources for global projects.

    Cons

    There are many layers of redundant people and many without a lot to do. It can be difficult to move projects forward because of the bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much of middle level management hardly works. Consider reducing the use of HR in talent planning. Focus on the productivity of staff. The company is paying for a lot of corporate deadwood in East Hanover.

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

    Pay, benefits, opportunities are great! Will not get bored. Lots of work to do. Has been in Lincoln over 100 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Administrative in Lincoln, NE

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

    Pros

    Great pay and yearly bonus. Great benefits including short and long term disability. Good job opportunities and the company hires from within. Job openings are available. Transfers to other states for positions are available.

    Cons

    Very stressful work environment. Uncertain of longevity. Has had layoffs. Company not running a lot of products. Uncertain what the future hold. Fear of other layoffs, closing plant, buyout by other company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together and treat people like humans, not numbers. Give better surveys to employees so you get a more true picture of what is really going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Uncertain future for site.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Novartis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work. Better managers are no longer with the site. But then neither are most of the terrible ones that triggered the decline. Jury is still out on the new recruits.

    Cons

    Site is not viable long term. High overhead, drastically reduced product portfolio. Reduced volumes. For a site of this size, no volume = no long term future. Anyone good still left is likely hanging on to false hope that the site will survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is beyond advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    IT management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Functional Information Manager
    Former Employee - IT Functional Information Manager

    I worked at Novartis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked for Novartis for more 10 years, first few years were great and the CIO actually knew what is needed and what the strategy was, he was very much a people person and actual had conversation with his staff and their staff. I was able to deliver 8-10 large systems which people still use today. Learned lots of things and charted the areas that we're not even thought of until recently. Current management is too busy trying find out what to?

    Cons

    Management does not know how to run the business and support the business technically. Directors and above are too busy trying to get promoted and not do anything for many years to show for accomplishments and these people are the one that gets promoted. Take a look at track record and you will see, people under them did the work and credit is taken by the director and they are getting promoted. It is like college club house and it takes long to get in, if you are not in get out. There is no way you will ever get recognized or promoted. No direction, lack of trust, egoistic and opinionated culture. Do not trust anyone. HR will only listen to management no matter what the facts are so better if leave and find other companies to work for and for less money. Long hours too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look inside yourself and can you look in mirror and say you have been fair and honest. You will see dishonesty and inhuman behavior. Practice what you preach, you should learn and behave in what Novartis culture and beliefs are first and practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    More focused on the buddy system than operations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Holly Springs, NC

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is better to work here than to be unemployed

    Cons

    low pay for the amount of work that is done, too much inexperience,focused on favoritism instead of operations, poor management, sacrifices quality for quantity,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your people, fix the problems instead of putting a bandage on it, focus on quality instead of quantity, stop the favoritism, pay should match the amount of work that is done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Novartis does not reward or acknowledge performers.....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant

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

    Pros

    If you are a Diversity hire or employee....your future is bright.

    Cons

    If you are a white male high proven performer....you will be passed up 90% of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your performers and stop promoting and hiring people because your worried about another lawsuit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    No regard for years of service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at Novartis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great products, challenging environment, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Political, little opportunity for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A global rollercoaster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Global thinking, depth of analysis, financial rigor and controls,

    Cons

    Frequency of management turnover, shifting objectives, expectations which at times are impossible to achieve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen better to employees and get better at recognizing and rewarding results

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An unsustainable bureaucratic nightmare.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong systems which do not leave much flexibility for the way things are done. This is a pro because consistency is very important in this industry.

    Cons

    The pro is also the con. The systems are so rigid that they stifle new growth and inhibit new or unique ideas. Thinking outside the box is not encouraged, mainly because any ideas are so difficult to implement, that no one wants to expend the effort. As a result, process improvement of any kind takes an army to accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is so much dead weight at the Lincoln, NE facility! Getting rid of about half the work force of non-performers would speed up remediation efforts significantly. It would be worthwhile to sit down with each employee and find out what they do all day. Having a management team willing to actually make decisions instead of just scheduling follow-up meetings would help too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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