Novo Nordisk

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Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated January 1, 2015
Updated January 1, 2015
18 Reviews
2.0
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Novo Nordisk President and CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance apply only for lower level jobs (in 21 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits, nice company cars (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work life balance, a lot is expected while projects constantly change directions (in 13 reviews)

  • It's becoming more like big pharma operationally and strategically (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Racial discrimination at the management level.

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    Great products. Great salaries. Growth of the company.

    Cons

    Majority of the African American District Managers were put on performance review plans or fired without warning in 2009-2010. They hired approx 20 AA District Sales Managers in 2007/2008. Prior to that there were only a handful out of 500. There was a Black female head of sales that created the diversity during a massive expansion in 2007. She left "under amicable terms" two years later and within 8 months, the majority of the District Managers that were hired with stellar performances prior to coming to Novo Nordisk were suddenly put on PIP'S for minor reasons, fired without warning, or passed over for promotions. Five Managers went out on leave of absence due to the stress and are no longer with the company. Approx 6 were fired for minor reasons (a few over the phone), a couple managers quit on their own due to stress and pressure and a couple of them remained but we're not happy. All of this occurred within one year after the US Vice President of Sales left the company. The National EEOC was involved in addition to various lawyers which gave some managers severance (despite the company was NOT downsizing) with the requirement that they had to sign a gag order forbidding them from filing a lawsuit. Approx 95% of the African American Managers that went through this yearlong ordeal of being singled out, we're originally recruited from larger Pharmaceutical companies like Abbott, Merck, and Pfizer. The accomplishments and successes the managers had were no comparison to the lack of experience many of their Novo Nordisk colleagues that were promoted internally had. NONE of the 18+ managers that were negatively affected are in pharmaceuticals any longer and have chosen different career paths due to this terrible ordeal. I do not recommend this company for African Americans who are looking for advanced Sales Management careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a more stringent process and full investigation into the discriminatory practices of higher management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    hell

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    you do get paid better than min wage

    Cons

    too many to list where to start

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Idea How they continue to make the best companies to work for list year after year...someone must be paying them off.

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    Former Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist II
    Former Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist II

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Products and the company does do a lot for people with diabetes

    Cons

    So much drama, politics, harassment, poor management, inconsistent behavior and just an all around terrible place to work. The left hand never knows what the right hand is doing. The don't know how to treat people and lower level management is out running rampant with their gross abuse of power. For many people (myself being one of them) that worked for this company for a number of years and was hired back when it still had a family feel and they wanted to help you promote and do your best, to watch it change so dramatically and try to become "big pharma" with little regard for the people out there pounding the pavement everyday, it truly is sad. They constantly bombard you with busy work, metrics that are ridiculous, pointless and usually unattainable. It is a joke to most of the employees that somehow Novo Nordisk continues to rank on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. We used to all laugh and say if they only knew how unhappy people really are and how bad things are behind the scenes.
    The opportunities for advancement are few and far between. everything is based on politics. The way they run things is completely skewed and backwards. The salaries aren't great starting out and it isn't easy to make your bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire them all and start fresh. You are losing a lot of good people that just can't stand to be treated the way they are or to watch the company move in the wrong direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Novo Nordisk has regressed to the 1990's.

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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Cafeteria, beautiful building, an extremely compliant company. Follows the regulations to the letter.

    Cons

    Poor on boarding for contractors. In some departments, men have to wear ties, women have to wear dresses. Contractors are treated like pond scum. I was not made part of the team and not allowed to attend meetings of projects that I was working on which made it difficult to analyze documents. I applied for an internal position in January, and was rejected in June. Their HR department is a bit slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't want contractors to work there, don't hire them. Otherwise, treat them as part of the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No advancement opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Pros

    The company is valued by its stakeholders and they believe that doing right by the patient is a good thing, The company believes in the triple bottom line which places the patient at the center of everything they do. This is an amazing characteristic and it is actually done and implemented at every level in the company.

    Cons

    The are no advancement opportunities in certain division. The diabetes side rules of course but they are now reducing merit increases and price gauging in the marketplace. The other division is a cash cow for the company but is not recognized at all. The issue of work life balance is major and not something they are big on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking care of your people. Its that simple.

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

    In the beginning it was great.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    When I first started there, when Martin Soeters was President, it was fantastic. I completely fed into company culture hype and, at the time, it was a great place to work. When Jurek took over though, things changed. Your experience there will depend greatly on your manager and your department. It is highly competitive now... probably because of the "best places to work" designation. So, if you are not the type to knock your coworkers down and climb over their backs to get ahead, this is probably not the place for you.

    Salaries are also considerably lower than industry standards.

    Cons

    HR spends a ton of money to be listed as one of the Best Places to Work, but doesn't necessarily make sure they deserve to be there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great benefits, coworkers, LOTS of politics and favoritism

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are outstanding. The company is so into the top company to work for lists that they essentially do anything to get on.

    Cons

    Lots of internal politics and extreme favoritism by HR. If you're "in" you cannot get fired regardless of what happens as HR runs the company. Manager's have virtually no power when it comes to hiring and firing. A manager may make suggestions about the hires but ultimately their diversity program takes over and a potential weaker candidate is brought in. Want to work from home? Need to ask HR. Want to promote someone? Need to ask HR Want to write someone up? Need to ask HR. You get the point

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strip the power from HR and give it to the manager's that know the day ins and outs. Stop talking about the My Company culture and actually back up your words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    It'll be nice while it lasts, but I'm worried about the future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing and Sales, Home Office in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing and Sales, Home Office in Plainsboro, NJ

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Junior and mid-level employees are quite nice to work with/for
    -The place is flush with money, but that breeds problems of its own
    -Feels like a non-profit, no particular sense of urgency, lots of smiles and pats on the back
    -Shared sense of mission to fight and hopefully cure diabetes once and for all
    -Wonderful co-workers, who I will have as friends for life
    -Show up, smile a lot and you're bound to get promoted rapidly

    Cons

    -Smiles, cheering and Apple products for Christmas gifts aren't going to cut it going forward.
    -Tresiba was an epic fail. Nobody saw it coming (or rather, leadership refused to think negative thoughts and spoil the party-like atmosphere) and so nobody had a backup plan ready. Oops!
    -For junior and mid-level folks trying to build their skill sets, Novo is not a marketing powerhouse. It's a great place to hang out and make money, but you won't learn a lot of traditional or quantitative marketing skills, especially since the brain drain has begun.
    -Instead, you will learn how to use "intuition" and how to "flex" your style, i.e. agree with whatever the Leadership Team's guestimate of the situation is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop the "management by force of personality" that has developed during the "fat" years. There are lean times ahead and instead you'll need "management by intellectual power".
    -Currently, everyone runs around with an opinion and uses "intuition", but few have answers they can prove are correct. Tresiba showed that the internal hype did not stand up to scrutiny from the outside world. Intuition is great when it's backed by data, otherwise it's just an opinion. Happy thoughts are not enough these days.
    -Business is about being right, not about being liked. Promote the smart people, not the popular "flexible" people. Currently, people will not speak up or stand fast for what they KNOW is right, for fear of being targeted as not "flexible" and thus a threat to the leadership team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Turning a blind eye to mis-management & incompetence in the name of advancing 'DIVERSITY'.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    When truly recognized for excelling, the company pulls out all the stops (great incentive trips)!

    Cons

    New 'Diversity' mantra will curtail the opportunity for advancement of many long-time, accomplished employees.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once you're in this department, you'll never get out!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Company holiday party and gifts.

    Cons

    Ask yourself, "Does this company really care about people and their health or the money they are making off of the disease?" Join the company if you must, but stay away from this dept. High call volume, call metrics must be met, calls monitored monthly and rated, very stressful and horrible working environment. People interview (myself included), but you will never get out. It seems other depts. within the company look down upon us, or we are simply sabotaged from leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Years spent with the company should not merit promotions. Managers and directors are severely lacking in their management and people skills.

    No opinion of CEO

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