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Big company, many cultures in different departments

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Overall, the company is going in a positive direction under the leadership of CEO Andrew Witty, a young CEO with international experience. The benefits are amazing and under the right departmental leadership, your voice can be heard. I had several managers and the best ones inspired me to stretch beyond my initial goals.

Cons

It's a really big company so bureaucracy can seem at times a bit daunting. That said, there are a few initiatives that are looking to reduce the number of approvals needed. Promotions can seem arbitrary at time. The people who work at GSK have been there a long time so while they are very familiar with how things are done, change can be slow.

Advice to Management

Provide more opportunities for internal movement so people continually learn and grow.

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    LBGTQ Beware -

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    Current Employee - R&D in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - R&D in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, great sense of purpose in drug development, nice mix of cultures, decent benefits and great credit union

    Cons

    Overworked, passive and subversive homophobia, constant change for the sake of change, no oversight of managers - not treating employees the same - hiring practices which subvert morale.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employee needs, speak up against retaliation of sexual orientation, take a look and see if the benefit of change is REALLY worthwhile. Do more to protect LGBT employees from homophobic managers.

  2. Administrative Assistant at GSK in North Carolina

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, I would love to go back.

    Cons

    Little to no advancement opportunities and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Do something so that layoffs are not 'needed', better utilize employees, especially those seeking more work/challenges.

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