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Good company to work for.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Research Investigator in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Research Investigator in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at Novartis

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great benefits and compensation. Very transparent communication from upper management. Great internal education programs. The company really invests in improving worker's technical and management skills. Very stable financially thus good job security.

Cons

Favoritism during promotion. Many initiatives but not clear finish to them. Complicated corporate structure so feels like there are a lot of duplication of efforts. Novartis is trying to simplify but needs to do more.

Advice to Management

Pay more attention to people's career development.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Pays well, but you are a cog in the wheel

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    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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