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Helpful (2)

Ok place to work

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

I worked at Novartis

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

- summer Fridays
- hours not too grueling

Cons

- P&G haven (without the resources)

Advice to Management

Invest in your employees

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great option for an industry postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scientist in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Novartis

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great resources, great collaborators, smart people, and competitive pay. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn drug development, but focus on basic (publishable) biomedical research for your postdoc, NIBR is the place to do it.

    Cons

    If you are looking to get hired on after your postdoc is over, this probably isn't the place to try. It happens, but it's somewhat rare. You also have to remember that publishing is your priority, not anybody else's at the company. Everyone else is focused on making drugs, not publishing.

    Advice to Management

    NIBR could use some clear guidance from upper management. What makes a good drug target, what makes a bad one? When is basic research essential to a project and when is it a distraction? These questions seem to be answered after the fact, rather than anticipated and directed from the outset.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place for science, most of the time

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    Current Employee - Scientific Associate II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great budget so you can do the research without worrying too much about costs, relatively academic feel and there is always the option to do side projects as long as it doesn't interfere with your main work, good compensation

    Cons

    Contract work can be frustrating as you never really know what's going to come of it, large company which tends to cause problems related to bureaucratic functions

    Advice to Management

    Try to make the employee vetting process a little more transparent for the contract employees, more communication with all levels of employees

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