- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)
~ cutting edge science ~ brilliant people ~ certain aspects of work and culture are more like "Academic" ~ reasonable goals and timelines ~ pretty good work/life balance, there are beer/wine socials monthly and several annual events for employees. Most people roll in around 9-10am and the lots are clear by 4. Its a ghost town by 3pm on Fridays. Managers and supervisors are understanding of family needs and there is a general culture of allowing people to live their lives before work. ~ bistro food is well subsidized so daily lunches cost $4 on average. ~ excellent 401K match, 9%?!?!? and it goes up as you age. Overall, GNF is a great place to coast. There are many "lifers" who are great at their job, very helpful, and pleasant to work with. I don't think anyone is ever worried about losing their job, or stressed about the hours. Its a good, stable place to work.
~ It seems hard to earn a promotion. Even with immaculate reviews... ~ the digital lab notebook system is a joke. Its molasses slow and half baked. ~ GNF can feel like the stepchild of the larger Novartis Org. They have made improvements, but overall its still detached. ~ The detachment is really felt on the IT and HR level. Core web services are totally silo-ed across several confusing platforms. Its a running joke amongst employees how hard it is to remember all their passwords and ID's. Most keep them written down on paper or in text files. ~ enough with the online self training already ~ salary is not entirely competitive but that can be very subjective depending on your department. ~ pointless initiatives that don't bear any fruit. They only serve to pacify justifiable employee concerns, but they don't actually ever address anything tangibly.
Advice to Management
If you want to retain promising younger talent, promote them...Period. 1-3% a year is not a raise, that's inflation. Some people seem to earn serial promotions in back to back years and others seem to stagnate. Not a whole lot of transparency in what drives that....
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation.
One phone interview with my direct supervisor as the initial screening. Then I was brought in for a tour and a casual get to know you meeting, not really an interview, but more of a "are you a problematic personality" sort of thing. Then I was asked back for a full day interview and to give a 30 minute presentation on anything I wanted. ~25 people sat in on my presentation and some asked difficult questions. Some candidates crack under this pressure, but I made sure to present something I was very comfortable with so I was confident and able to answer any questions. After the presentation I was pushed through about 5 small group interviews, most of which stuck to standard type interview questions or dove deeper into my presentation. A few days later I got a call with an offer. They were flexible with my start date and everything went pretty smoothly with the on-boarding.
- Lots of questions about my presentation, mostly used to determine my thought process and critical thinking skills. Not many technical knowledge questions. Answer Question
I did not negotiate, but I should have.
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