Novartis Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
242 Reviews
3.4
242 Reviews
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it (in 14 reviews)

  • Great products, challenging environment, good pay and benefits (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Nice campus with many perks including dining options, health center and more

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very competitive, especially retirement savings plans (DRCP, 401k match, etc.)

    Cons

    Not a lot of consideration for work-life balance. Management talks a good game but doesn't 'walk the walk'

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    idea place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Novartis as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    many opportunities to access the latest knowledge and technology in this field. Friendly people

    Cons

    sometime heavy working load, a little bit pushing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company during the good years. Now they are doing more with less.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Midwest, WY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Midwest, WY

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

    Pros

    Good training. Stable products at the time.

    Cons

    To many cliff patents. Portfolio has now suffered and current produce are me-to products. Lost it's punch. Pipeline is slim despite what you read.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I go beyond management. Advise to leadership-CEO get on the same page as he reps. Understand the industry and you will find your answers for field reps.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good opportunity, if you can deal with pressure and attitudes.

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, summer hours, benefits, unlimited sick days, week off between Christmas & New Year

    Cons

    Not all Admins are allowed flex time/WFH. They overwork Admins. Too many policies and meetings. Jobs are thrown at Admins at last minute & need a fast turn around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the support staff feel like a part of the team & not outsiders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good to much upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Novartis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ability to make your own business discissions. You own your own sales number when you are the only rep in the territory.

    Cons

    Not a stable career path. Yearly downsizing can be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell to the reps customers as this at times hurts the rep and closes doors once the manager leaves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior IT Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and learn as a professional. Lot of opportunities offered in a wide international environment. Good values and mission. Very competitive salaries are offered.

    Cons

    It is becoming a "business first" company. Bureaucracy and never-ending proceses. Very political environment. Hard to progress in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce bureaucracy and empower the associates. Establish more clear career paths

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Great budget with very smart people working on interesting problems. Fun office culture.

    Cons

    The office itself wasn't all that nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities exist to move around but you have to work to find it. Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it.

    Cons

    A lot of changes every few years. Restructuring can be difficult and create uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It's all about the money

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    Current Employee - Scientist I  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Good track record of bringing therapy to patients

    Cons

    The bottom line is the money being made for novarits, Basel and the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research is important to innovation. Laying off the cancer researchers in Emeryville is short sighted and will results in significant delays to patient care. Potential life saving therapies will be delayed or halted for lack of hands and poor planning for transitioning to Cambridge. Consider putting the priority on patient care and employee welfare rather than site upgrading or huge profit margins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Working there as a contract employee. In my department, we are treated the same as the Novartis employees. There are ample opportunities to learn and expand your skill sets. Everyone in my group is very supportive and is willing to help/train each other. We all work together well as a team. The department morale is good and very fortunate to work with a great group of people. Excellent learning experience and being new to the role, I was paired up with a mentor while I learned on the job vs. being thrown work with no guidance or instruction.

    Cons

    At this time there are no permanent openings in my department and no plans for backfill if someone leaves. Keeping an eye out for other permanent job opportunities within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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