Novartis
3.4 of 5 201 reviews
www.novartis.com Basel, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

Novartis Reviews

Updated Apr 2, 2014
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3.4 201 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.

Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.

(99 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Learning Management Systems Associate (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

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

ProsThere are ton's of interesting events going on all of the time. Each month they hold a big Fiesta for the employees with more food than you can imagine. Also they have discussion forums and open events for employees to learn more about the science Novartis is working on.

ConsIt is a big company, you can get lost in the shuffle. I have been a contractor for over a year and a half.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone really.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Patient-centric mission, performance driven culture

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Novartis full-time

ProsSmart and motivated colleagues, strong dedication to unmet medical need, high investment in learning and talent development

ConsCan be challenging to navigate, but colleagues are generally open to networking

Advice to Senior ManagementStrengthen career paths for technical experts

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company for people who are driven to succeed

Senior Leader (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

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

ProsThe culture is quick to assess talent and provide opportunities. If you are driven and able to deliver real results, this is the place for you.

The culture is truly driven by a 50% weighting on performance and 50% on values and behaviors. It matters how you perform, but it also matters how you achieved those results. If you exhibit leadership traits, work well in cross functional teams and set a performance standard for the company, you will be rewarded.

ConsThe performance driven culture that is a benefit to some can also be challenging to others. If you are looking for long term career stability to "do the same thing for many years", you may be considered a hindrance to someone who may need your position as a stepping stone to the next level. High performers will always be rewarded and offered promotions, mediocrity and low performance will be frowned upon.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great environment to get into web coding.

Software Engineer Co-op (Former Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I worked at Novartis as an intern for less than a year

Prosgreat atmosphere. managers are really helpful as are the members that are within your team. great place to do a co-op.

ConsSalary was not as great as what I was expecting.

also, having people picket outside the workplace is strange.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
East Orange, NJ

I have been working at Novartis

Pros- challengible global working environment;
- Good career evelopment opportunity;
- talent co-workers;
- rich compounds and strong pipeline;
- efficient management team

Cons- complicated and out-of -date working reporting system;
- lack of standidaziaion of working procedures, trial reporting procedures;
- heavy workload

Advice to Senior Management- Implementation of the new advanced reporting procedures and system
- standadize the working procedures and clinical trial reporting procedures

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to work for.

Research Investigator (Current Employee)
Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Novartis

ProsGreat benefits and compensation. Very transparent communication from upper management. Great internal education programs. The company really invests in improving worker's technical and management skills. Very stable financially thus good job security.

ConsFavoritism during promotion. Many initiatives but not clear finish to them. Complicated corporate structure so feels like there are a lot of duplication of efforts. Novartis is trying to simplify but needs to do more.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to people's career development.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience as postdoc

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis

Prosinfrastructure, networking, salary, amenities, campus

Conschallenging, complicated IT support, time, low supervision,

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Great working culture & interesting work

SharePoint Project Consultant (Current Employee)
Basel (Switzerland)

I have been working at Novartis as a contractor for more than 3 years

Prosforward thinking, new technologies, innovative, interesting work, great science, freedom to work on things. They always are trying to do more for science, which is great and if you want to learn more about that science there are many opportunities for you to do so, even as someone in IT. Good mix of people, and everyone wants to help.

Constrying to consolidate all the technologies in to coherent deliverables. As a company that has grown and taken things, people and technologies with it, it is in the process of trying to consolidate those and make it more coherent.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore structure

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I learned a lot. Novartis is the school.

Executive Medical Representative (Former Employee)
Cairo (Egypt)

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

ProsIf you are a hard worker who is seeking a promising future and a good career path then Novartis is the place. If you are seeking a dynamic culture where your learning and development never ends, then Novartis it is.

ConsYou have to be able to work under stress..seriously. To have a sense of urgency because Novartis is know to be a stressful culture and works with very tight deadlines most of the time. You have to get a strong CNS to survive. LOL

Advice to Senior ManagementStress management programs for the employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No. 1 by 2016

Postdoctoral (Current Employee)
Basel (Switzerland)

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

Prosfast growing, best portfolio, splendid campus, talented employees, salary is high. will become No.1 pharma by 2016. social responsibility.

Conswork is too stressful; managers are pushy. projects are often pushed too fast. sometimes work can't be done perfectly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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