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Novartis Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
236 Reviews

3.4
236 Reviews
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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.  

    Great Company Great People Great Culture

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

    Pros

    Personnel is genuinely valued. Work/life balance is truly brought to life. People development is extremely valued here. Culture is highly collaborative. Compensation is competitive. Benefits are first class. If your in the right department and on the right team, the term "Team Work" finds its meaning.

    Cons

    If you're not in the right department or on the wrong team, the environment can be extremely competitive and passive aggressive. Interdepartmental tasks can feel segmented. Opportunities can be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure challenges and growth in responsibilities go hand in hand with compensation if there is no position to 'grow into' after a few years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Contractor - Learning Management Systems Administrator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Management Systems Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Learning Management Systems Associate in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    None really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Patient-centric mission, performance driven culture

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen career paths for technical experts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for people who are driven to succeed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Leader  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in Emeryville, CA

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great environment to get into web coding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Co-Op  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Co-Op in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Salary was not as great as what I was expecting.

    also, having people picket outside the workplace is strange.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  East Orange, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Orange, NJ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - Implementation of the new advanced reporting procedures and system
    - standadize the working procedures and clinical trial reporting procedures

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Investigator  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Investigator in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Favoritism 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to people's career development.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent company... once you're in

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

    Pros

    Great pay, even as an intern.
    Great work life balance.
    As an employee I feel the company and my managers invest in my professional developement.
    Campus provides the perfect working environment

    Cons

    Uncertain environment after big M&A deal, fear of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a development program for young professionals to nurture internal young talent.
    As an intern concluding my internship I find it very tough to find a suitable position to remain with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Huge and ever changing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Manager  in  Pratteln (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)

    Pros

    Commitment of every worker at all levels.
    Possibilities of development are huge.

    Cons

    Huge company means priorities are hard to identify.
    Have a network is mandatory, relationships is the most important thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve change management. There is a Change management champion now, I hope she will bring results in this ever changing company.
    Change is good and at the same time hard to implement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience as postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    infrastructure, networking, salary, amenities, campus

    Cons

    challenging, complicated IT support, time, low supervision,

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