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Pays well, but you are a cog in the wheel

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Current Employee - Associate Director in Parsippany, NJ
Current Employee - Associate Director in Parsippany, NJ

I have been working at Novartis

Pros

Pays well
Tries to focus on innovation
Not a lot of beuracracy

Cons

Every employee is treated like a number, does not value its employees
Churns and burns people out, senior leadership is a revolving door
Runs the company like a bank, is unable to invest in the long term health of the business (R&D, IT, etc)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It costs more to bring in outsiders than it does to treat the people you have fairly
The existing business slow down has finally caught up to our inability to get out of the focus on the current month, current qtr, current year.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Could be a great company....but falls way short!

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    1) Overall a safe company to work in difficult times
    2) Has distributed bonuses for 5 years now in a row
    3) Company does a good job of organizing meet and greets, social events, etc

    Cons

    1) For a company of its size, support in every area is lacking severely. IT, lab, instrument upkeep are all very poor.
    2) Has way too many meetings that resolve nothing
    3) Associates are treated as commodity and are made to feel it. You are really just another 'pair of hands'
    4) Not rewarded by patent nominations. If you are not a Ph.D. do not even think of making a patent even if you came up with the idea on your own.
    5) Very European class structure, nobility (being Ph.Ds and above) and peasants ( anyone under)
    6) No one takes responsibility for anything. Waited for 4 years after this site opened before compound purity standards were issued.
    7) No fixed practices for anything. Nearly every week there is a change in policy regarding safety criteria, notebook submissions, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Get your act together
    2) Make people feel involved as a whole
    3) Reward is not only monetary but also in terms of papers/patents/acknowledgement in meetings

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    Good products, good employees, being driven into the ditch by leadership bowing to shareholder pressure.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    There are very good products that will help improve lives of patients.

    Cons

    Very micromanaged. You are working at the behest of HR and Legal, and not focused on the job at hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more decision making capability to middle management. The models you have for evaluating strong performers is broken. Managers and regional directors need the flexibilty to evaluate performance based on their own observations, not the HR one size fits all mandates. You can't build a solid foundation if your measurement tools are not accurate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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