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Great people, good experience, future opportunities diminishing in sales as pipeline continues to specialize.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ
Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

I've worked under 10 different people and each one has been a great leader from whom I've learned a lot and been able to develop. Career opportunities exist if you take advantage of them and perform. Benefits outstanding and Novartis takes care of it's employees when they suffer hardship (ie, natural disasters, personal setbacks or layoffs).

Cons

Primary care portfolio limited and unlikely for growth which has resulted in multiple layoffs over the last 6 years. Those remaining must compete with many for remaining jobs; progressive development more difficult as leadership openings shrink rapidly. For sales people, goaling methodology flawed, cumbersome and arbitrary which can be very frustrating and difficult to manage effectively.

Other Employee Reviews for Novartis Pharmaceuticals

  1. Most Admired Pharmaceutical Company, 2012.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits (gym, subsidized Starbucks, sufficient parking, gourmet food choices), decent technology and support. Progressive IT - imperfect but better than any other pharma. Everyone who gets a work phone gets an iPhone (if that's your thing). Theoretical work/life flexibility - many people work remotely routinely. Decent pipeline. Campuses are mostly impeccable art forms. Mission statement is plausible and realistic. VERY open to "diversity". Apparently building a child care center in East Hanover (evidence of commitment to working parents). Talent pool is average, i.e. MOST employees are competent and contractors are VERY qualified if not over qualified. C-suite is respectable and 80% transparent. Andre the US head is a really approachable executive - I think he has done a great job in a challenging time.

    Cons

    Just the usual: dearth of good management with the intermittent psychopath and marginally incompetent co-worker in the mix. Surplus of McKinsey mouth pieces with PhDs creating "value" and "strategy", e.g. fancy content-free powerpoints without basis in reality. Abundance of scientists disconnected from reality. Very little effort to embrace the obvious solution of coordinating research, development and marketing. Fiefdoms still exist. Cannabalistic performance management system through archaic, forced ranking. European colleagues have 8-10 weeks vacation and expect North America to be as cheerful while we 2x the work. Bureaucracy can be frustrating, i.e. we each have a thousand complex passwords and redundant systems for everything. They have adopted 100% open space even if you don't have a collaborative task, you WILL collaborate.

    Advice to Management

    "Commitment to quality" and "ethics and compliance" have had the unintended paralyzing effect of bloat, risk aversion and innovation-crushing. Everything looks great but isn't so efficient or innovative, IMHO.


  2. A leader in an industry that is rapidly changing.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Novartis is a great place to work. Compensation and benefits are good. Management structure is solid and not burdensome. The company is smart and is investing in areas that it sees as sources for future growth.

    Cons

    Pharmaceutical sales and marketing practices are rapidly changing. Novartis may not be the best company to pursue if you are seeking a career in pharmaceutical sales. They simply don't have a need for the number of sales reps they currently have. Their development pipeline has shifted towards specialty disease states that require fewer reps. The company is a prosperous future ahead, but it is one with far fewer sales reps than it has today.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage your people to develop their skills beyond the traditional pharmaceutical sales model. Identify opportunities in various business segments of the company so you can retain and diversify the skill set of your existing talent pool.


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