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Great company, however don't expect to be compensated

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Current Employee - Engineering Associate in East Hanover, NJ
Current Employee - Engineering Associate in East Hanover, NJ

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Company has a great repuation and supports the advancement of it's personnel. Benefits are pretty decent.

Cons

Monetary compensation isn't up to par. Starting salaries may be competitive to bring you into the company, however promotions are not readily attained, and annual raises amount to 3 - 4.5 percent, about enough to cover inflation. Job continuum's for potential salary don't necessarily indicate where your salary will actually fall on the range. In order to work towards a significantly higher salary, it seems that you have to leave the company then get rehired at the appropriate salary band. Internal promotions don't necessarily mean you will earn the same as an external hire. "Pay for performance" is lip service.

Advice to Management

Promote from the inside and show them the same respect and compensation you would an external hire.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great people - senior leaders must learn to trust them.

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    Former Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people work at Novartis. Passionate about healthcare, most of them sincere about making a difference. There are opportunities for career development for those willing to seek them out and stay on top of them, make them happen. Overall work/ life balance could be improved, but I always found Novartis to allow flexible scheduling for employees to tend to family matters.

    Cons

    From senior leaders on down, people are often reluctant to make a decision, to be accountable, to speak up for what they think is right, to stick their neck out. This starts at the top. Many people are promoted into leadership positions based on their technical / scientific expertise. Some of them are good leaders; however, more often, these technical experts are sorely lacking in leadership skills such as setting a vision, communicating to their people, forming and shaping teams, managing people development. Novartis like many large companies believes it can make up for these leadership deficiencies through "organizational development" -- i.e. teaching leaders to lead. That doesn't usually work. Hire and develop real leaders, and leave the technical experts in charge of technical aspects of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Dan - let your businesses run like global divisions and units -- hands off. Don't run the company like an international group of feudal lands run by Switzerland. ***TRUST*** your leaders and the people working in this good company.


  2. it's ok

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    the people are great and we are challenged

    Cons

    managers like micro managing and give little freedom

    Advice to Management

    less stuffy


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