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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
25 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incredible science, challenging title promotion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

    Pros

    GNF has several incredible drug programs utilizing cutting edge research. A wealth of knowledge available to soak up among peer-level scientists. The science is extremely demanding - and rewarding. Expect 40hr+ weeks as normal work hours, and also expect to learn more here than most other companies in San Diego.

    Cons

    Middle management struggles at best - many managers, few leaders. Senior management is stellar. Expect to learn from your peers, not from your supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management has kept GNF at the front end of quality science for several years - certainly an accomplishment through several changes in leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Feedback from a 10+ yr employee at GNF

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    job stability, decent non-monetary benefits

    Cons

    low job advancement possibilities, below market compensation, lack of employee appreciation, corporate bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tone down on the corporate philosophy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work if you don't get pigeon-holed by your Dept., and most believe those without PhD are only hands

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefit package (other than base salary)
    Vacation time
    Decent on-site Bistro with affordable food
    Some brilliant people

    Cons

    Lower than average base salary with 1x year 1-3% pay increases
    NO career growth or movement within company (known some GREAT employees with 10+ yrs and no promotion)
    De-motivating environment
    A lot of wasted talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the amount of talent at GNF, there is no reason why it can't be a fantastic place to work. Invest, promote, and appreciate your non-PhD employees, since they are really the ones doing the actual work. All great ideas can only move forward if they are implemented at the bench. Drop the bureaucracy or you will continue to lose great people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good starting company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting research projects, very strong scientific staff, proven record of drug development success, well funded by parent company. Great benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Little room for growth in both career and salary/bonus areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve employee's in projects that they are interested in. Involve lower level employees in the entire research project instead of only small remedial tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    SAP FICO Lead

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - SAP FICO Lead in Detroit, MI
    Current Contractor - SAP FICO Lead in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    More than 10 years of SAP experience in all project phases including requirements gathering, design, build and post go-live support. I have worked on new SAP project implementations, template based roll-outs, upgrades and currently working as a senior ERP analyst on post go-live stabilization team for product costing, controlling (profit-center accounting), capital/expense internal orders, fixed asset accounting and project systems.

    Experience in 3 full life-cycle implementation using ASAP methodology, understand “as is” business processes, create “to be” processes, create design, configuration, functional specification documents. Participated in unit, integration and user acceptance testing; prepared test scripts, designed security roles including authorization objects, developed BPP’s and end user training documentation.
    And also lead the team of 12 consultants.

    Cons

    Recently worked with Bloomberg for index prices, securities and exchanges rates

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    good opportunities, bad bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Big company with good job opportunities. The culture is nice for a biotech company. The cafeteria food is pretty decent.

    Cons

    There are so many obstacles to get past before one can start working. The legal policies towards interns and temps are extremely restrictive and unreasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The existence of way too many departments doesn't seem like an asset to anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot depends on your boss/group

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, location, atmosphere, covering costs of work-related classes/courses

    Cons

    Low-key pace at work, limited career opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I enjoyed working at GNF as a postdoctoral fellow

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment
    A lot of resources

    Cons

    You will need to find the right resource.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good entry to industry but don't plan on staying

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great introduction to industry experience, great benefits, a lot of access to different technologies, many groups are still kind of "academic-lite" minded

    Cons

    Politics, mixed support for you and/or your project, lower pay for an industry position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop better career development for postdoc training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits and many successful drug programs, but bad for career development at the tech level.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    GNF has great benefits. 4 weeks of vacation starting off and good health insurance and 401k match. Work hours are pretty reasonable from my experience. There are many different drug programs that seem to be having success. Basically no layoffs through the entire recession so its very stable.

    Cons

    At the lower rungs of the company there is really not concern placed on career development and you are entirely on your own. Some managers are much better than others, it's something to discuss at an interview if this concerns you. Lab space is very tight. Expect your desk at a tech level (Scientific associate I/II or Scientist I) to be near a freezer or refrigerator and there to be at least 10 people nearby chattering. Those guys in office space were living the dream in their cubes. You can't eat at your desk if your desk space is in the lab. Of course you will be smelling bleach and Med Chem reactions so it might kill your appetite anyways if you aren't already going insane from the buzz of -80 degree freezers 4 feet from your desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the techs like crap! Create some decent desk space for techs and give them some sort of career path.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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