Novartis V&D

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Novartis V&D Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
77 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits and care about their employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Opportunities to travel and career advancement (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Too controlling and poor work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior management doesn't listen to average employees (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to be a woman in IT; very few women in senior leadership positions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Management
    Former Employee - IT Management

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, a company mission that is fulfilling to be a part of

    Cons

    Sr. Management is not strong, good old boys network, lip service to diversity, values and behaviors - but not truly something that drives behavior; corporate culture is closed, favoritism is rampant; work-life balance is nonexistent - if you work hard - you are rewarded with being asked to work harder; too many politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to get the life force sucked out of you

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis V&D

    Pros

    Good package & perks, great for ladder climbers

    Cons

    Corporate culture is toxic. No vision past profit-taking, lots of right-now projects without resources. Accountability is not addressed within the ranks of management. Infrastructure in shambles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No sense in giving advice to management. They aren't listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    review for NVD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis V&D

    Pros

    Big company with lots of mobility

    Cons

    Constant re-org within the company

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great products that aren't getting to market

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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 V&D

    Pros

    New facilities and exciting new processes. Experience in a company that is working through the hurdles of getting a manufacturing site up and running. International company with some opportunities to travel given the right position/circumstances.

    Cons

    Management is indecisive about what products to take to market. Some lack of accountability. Hiring young associates with inexperience has lead to issues with turnover and process setbacks. Mistakes made during the design and building of the plant have caused setbacks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more experienced workforce or have a much better mentoring program to help inexperienced professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Specialist

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

    I have been working at Novartis V&D full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great job security, but department is a mess

    Cons

    Poor Senior Management. Salary is not consistent within company. Salary difference within department for same title

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

    Good stepping stone to another Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC

    I have been working at Novartis V&D

    Pros

    Highly motivated, educated workforce, and young. Good investment in employees, proffessional development is highly valued. Coworkers are fun. Interesting technology. Looks good on a resume and will help you get a better job.

    Cons

    Poor corporate culture: competitive between departments, projects. Hard to get resources to do what is needed. Crazy workweeks are the norm not the exception, lots of overtime. No work-Life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop recruiting only type A people. Manage employees expectations, don't promise them opportunity for advancement if it is not really there. Have reasonable project timelines.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Beautiful facilities, great people to work with, good company, ineffective management style and HR policy

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC

    I worked at Novartis V&D

    Pros

    Competitive benefits
    Opportunities to travel and career advancement
    Clear Vision and Mission

    Cons

    Confusing policies across divisions
    Unable to retain talents
    Lack of core technical resources
    Weak leadership and people skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regarding retaining talents:
    Embrace diversity through daily interpersonal skills and not just initiatives.
    Provide appropriate training and ensure competency prior to allowing people to assume full responsibilities of new roles without on-going training or coaching.
    Hold managers with direct reports accountable for their team performance as much, if not more, as holding a project manager accountable to his/her project.
    Encourage accountability via coaching rather than performance evaluation alone which promotes a blame game and distrust working environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Been here 1.5 months and I'm SO disappointed!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Administration in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Business Administration in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Novartis V&D

    Pros

    Pay is competitive
    Easy to get to
    Benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    I can't believe how disorganized things are. They upgraded their e-mail and calendar system right after I started and a month later most of the features still aren't working. You can't book a conference room thru the calendar system (you have to put a post-it note on the conference room door...really????), most calendars aren't viewable so you have to call everyone in order to get their availability, IT can't answer any of your questions, etc.
    I am a hard worker and believe in getting the job done but there are certain resources I need in order to do it. I feel like I am merely treading water..not getting anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot more effort needs to be put into streamlining many of your business practices. Most processes here are so drawn out that it can take you half a day to perform simple tasks.Most of the the time it is because the resources aren't available or the process isn't written down anywhere

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    When the economy gets better....

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis V&D

    Pros

    Products do help prevent and cure disease. Worthwhile cause.

    Cons

    Company wide, the management skills are lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start training managers to be managers. Stat!

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Do I have to?

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

    I have been working at Novartis V&D

    Pros

    Free flu shots are nice.

    Cons

    Culture isn't just for petrie dishes anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too big for your own good.

    Doesn't Recommend

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