GlaxoSmithKline

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Good company overall

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Former Employee - Principal Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
Former Employee - Principal Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

Pros

dynamic, business driven, young, practical, adjust fast to the big environment. In 2008 it was the first big pharm company that dares to cut majority of discovery functions and adjust the structure orgnization to big extent. Good company overall. Good health benefit. Good dental benefit.

Cons

Extremely low pay especially for those hired many years ago, do not encourage publishing paper, do not retain the best scientists. Need to have competative pay, do comaparable market analysis and equity research, so those at who have stayed at the same positions will get the same pay/ or even higher pay than those new hires.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

competative pay, do comaparable market analysis and equity research, so those at who have stayed at the same positions will get the same pay/ or even higher pay than those new hires.

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    Excellent company who care about their employees

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    GSK is very family oriented and strives for a proper work-life balance for everyone. The benefits & salary are very competitive in the pharma industry. RTP & the Philadelphia are are two great places to work. Mass transit available for workers in center city Philly. On-site fitness centers and convenient parking too. Big potential with new CEO Witty.

    Cons

    Minimal amount of cross training. Employees tend to work in same area for years without chance for mobility. Only select few are given opportunity to job rotations and ultimate advancement. Current environment of downsizing has all employees on edge waiting for the ax to fall in their department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to push everyone to stretch beyond GSK's traditional business model. Note that not all of your lieutenants may not being willing to give up their ways of working and the message is not filtering down.

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    Transparency and empowerment are just words in the dictionary

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    The beneifts at GSK are a great incentive. I have yet to see a comparable benefits package from anyone in a pharmaceutical organization. The employee health management is incredible. There are many benefits available to GSK employees that assist in the work and personal life balance.

     In most organizations, the dust has settled with re-organizations due to the current economic climate. For the organizations that have been addressed, employees understand their job objectives and the opportunity for advancement is within reach for the employees putting out the extra effort.

    GSK also has incredible communication from Senior management to worker bee. Communications are constantly being distributed to employees regarding pipeline drugs and opportunities in the community.

    Cons

    Currently, there is a lot of bureaucracy at GSK. I would say this is specific to IT, but I hear this is an issue throughout all organizations. Our former CEO expressed how much he disliked all the barriers employees have to complete their tasks. A lot of legwork was performed to remedy this, and I feel the changing of Sr. Management has caused employees to feel less empowered. The bureaucracy still exists and in 11 years now, it has never been more visible.

    Another downside would be the constant outsourcing efforts. Granted, there is a obligation to stockholders to maximize their investments. The effect that outsourcing has on employee performance and morale is off the chart. The environment used to be a family environment. It feels like a very selfish environment now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a huge promotion by the Sr Mgmt team for empowerment. My only comment would be to practice what you preach. The decisions that are made up above are not transparent as they are promoted, and employees for the most part still feel powerless in decision-making.

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