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Overall Alcon is a good company

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Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
Current Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Novartis

Pros

Will receive the typical benefits from pharma companies i.e car, good health benefits, 401K etc. The company likes to promote from within. Calling on Optometrist is not so bad because they are generally a nice group of doctors.

Cons

The Vision Care division (which sell contacts lens) calls itself a "medical device" company...since when are contact lens and over the counter contact lens cleaning solution a "medical device?"

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The mangement team is ok. Not a group that I would say are great leaders.

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    Good Global Company, but Data Management is holding Study Team back

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    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Clinical Data Manager in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Large Global company
    Very interesting pipeline, particularly with regard to Oncology Translational Medicine
    Very intelligent and competent scientific & clinical group
    Team members (on studies I worked) were professional and motivated to do their best

    Cons

    For Oncology Data Management -
    lack of DM metrics and thereby accountability. This leads to a culture of who can point the finger the fastest opposed to accepting responsibility for errors and creating processes or improvements to prevent them in the future.
    Accepted DM culture of doing least amount of work for most amount of money, i.e. abundant and blatant internet surfing and Facebooking while at work.
    Completely outsourced model (starting to come back in-house) and high on-site contractor use. This is not necessarily a con if appropriate metrics are in place, but since not, fosters continuous blame to CROs and contractors opposed to process correction and thereby negating vendor relationships as well as producing a high turn-over rate of contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward productivity, fire those who want to surf the internet all day.
    Create / Implement department metrics to assess productivity of individuals. This will also reshape blame culture to one of accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Overall great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Flexible hours, health benefits, free product

    Cons

    Open office environment, low merit increase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide recognition when earned

    Approves of CEO
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