GlaxoSmithKline

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Good place to work.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Quality Specialist in Memphis, TN
Former Employee - Quality Specialist in Memphis, TN

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

Pros

Excellent benefits, competitive salaries, and name recognition. They probably had the best benefits package of any employer I've worked for to date. Vacation time was good, and the year end shut down around the holidays was great. It's the second largest company in the industry, and I was proud to say that I worked for this company. If you are willing to relocate, the career opportunities are endless.

Cons

Poor communication from upper management downward. At my particular site, there was the constant threat of the facility closing. It was an older facility and not quite up to date in many ways as some of the other manufacturing sites.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your people and communicate openly with them.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A insider's view of GlaxoSmithKline from one who has worked in several departments

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    In the IT sector, the benefits and pay at GSK are above the industry for people coming out of college and contractors. They advocate a work-life balance and encourage people to look after their health in addition to your performance. The people who work there are quite experienced and look out for one another.

    Cons

    GSK is a huge company with many departments so the bureaucracy can neutralize new ideas.

    Each department has its own unique culture depending on the management so I've seen people who feel completely open and able to bring themselves to work while other departments, it can be quite stifling.

    Pay and bonus is kept very secretive despite the move towards transparency. At times, it feels like the bonus and pay is more based on how long you've been at GSK and less based on business performance.

    Recruitment tends to favor applicants with a pharmaceutical background. Unfortunately, that leads to the same type of thinking and ideas. New ideas are rarely introduced because if they fail, the bonus will also be affected.

    The company is very risk adverse (rightfully so in certain areas because of regulatory reasons) but it spills over into areas that need not necessarily so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empowerment needs to be demonstrated through ALL levels. The upper management may understand the roadmap and the strategies. The early adopters (usually at the analyst level) also are quick to adapt to new ways of working. But the managers in the middle who the early adopters work with every day, are sometimes not as quick to change and can dampen the spirit of change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work for a good manager and life will be great at GSK

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientific Communications Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Scientific Communications Director in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    high salary, generous benefits, many days of vacation, generous severance package

    Cons

    in some management situations you can't take advantage of work/life balance benefits, lack of leadership in mid-level management, the constant fear of job cuts as this industry continues to downsize

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the new CEO Andrew Witty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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