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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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    Nice campus with many perks including dining options, health center and more

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


    Compensation and benefits are very competitive, especially retirement savings plans (DRCP, 401k match, etc.)


    Not a lot of consideration for work-life balance. Management talks a good game but doesn't 'walk the walk'

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Novartis Interviews

Updated Aug 16, 2014
Updated Aug 16, 2014

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    Scientific Associate II Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Novartis.

    Interview Details

    The interview process starts with HR over the phone, then a phone interview with the hiring manager to determine if you should come in. The in person interview is an all day, 8-hour, interview with multiple parties- hiring manager, other PIs in the dept/lab, associates you would be working with, etc. Depending on the size of the group, some interviews are with several people and some one on one. Lunch is provided in the cafeteria where you have a chance to eat with your prospective coworkers.

    Interview Questions
    • For science positions, understanding of the biology, pathways, and technology is critical. I was asked about familiarity with specific oncogenic pathways related to the lab's specific focus. Mostly they want to know exactly what your skill sets are and how much of your work you have done independently.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation and it took 2 months to bring me on because they lost the position and had to repost it.
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Novartis Awards & Accolades

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25 Best Multinational Companies to Work For (in Latin America), Great Place to Work Institute, 2012
Most Admired Companies in Research Science, Black Engineer & Information Technology, 2010
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Headquarters Basel, Switzerland
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public (NVS)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis

Although it's based in neutral Switzerland, Novartis has been aggressive in attacking illnesses on multiple fronts, including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer health. Its largest division, Pharmaceuticals, develops and manufactures prescription drugs for blood pressure, cancer, and other ailments. Novartis' Sandoz subsidiary produces generic drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients, while the Vaccine and Diagnostics segment makes immune health and blood-screening tools. Its Alcon division makes ophthalmic drugs, surgery systems, and contact lenses. The Consumer... More

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