Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

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  1. Stable Job, good benifits, but hard to advance.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    ~ cutting edge science ~ brilliant people ~ certain aspects of work and culture are more like "Academic" ~ reasonable goals and timelines ~ pretty good work/life balance, there are beer/wine socials monthly and several annual events for employees. Most people roll in around 9-10am and the lots are clear by 4. Its a ghost town by 3pm on Fridays. Managers and supervisors are understanding of family needs and there is a general culture of allowing people to live their lives before work. ~ bistro food is well subsidized so daily lunches cost $4 on average. ~ excellent 401K match, 9%?!?!? and it goes up as you age. Overall, GNF is a great place to coast. There are many "lifers" who are great at their job, very helpful, and pleasant to work with. I don't think anyone is ever worried about losing their job, or stressed about the hours. Its a good, stable place to work.

    Cons

    ~ It seems hard to earn a promotion. Even with immaculate reviews... ~ the digital lab notebook system is a joke. Its molasses slow and half baked. ~ GNF can feel like the stepchild of the larger Novartis Org. They have made improvements, but overall its still detached. ~ The detachment is really felt on the IT and HR level. Core web services are totally silo-ed across several confusing platforms. Its a running joke amongst employees how hard it is to remember all their passwords and ID's. Most keep them written down on paper or in text files. ~ enough with the online self training already ~ salary is not entirely competitive but that can be very subjective depending on your department. ~ pointless initiatives that don't bear any fruit. They only serve to pacify justifiable employee concerns, but they don't actually ever address anything tangibly.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain promising younger talent, promote them...Period. 1-3% a year is not a raise, that's inflation. Some people seem to earn serial promotions in back to back years and others seem to stagnate. Not a whole lot of transparency in what drives that....


  2. Interesting projects; Zero career growth

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable through depressions and reorganizations. Great medical benefits, vacation time, holiday shutdown, and yearly bonus incentive. Reasonably priced onsite lunch bistro. There is a large pool of smart, experienced techs here. If you get in the right group, you will learn from your co-workers. Interesting science and Novartis looks nice on your resume, but don’t stay here longer than a couple of years.

    Cons

    Low base salary for San Diego. Merit increases average 2%. Zero work-life balance. Expect long work days with no appreciation of your efforts. Overly competitive environment for promotions fosters backstabbing and secrecy. There is no accountability, so micromanagers and lazy techs are permitted to thrive. Very little opportunity for career advancement, regardless of tenure or scientific contributions. Many of the PhDs here do not belong in management roles; they are not intelligent leaders and are struggling with incompetence or insecurity. Your yearly performance review rating is not a measure of your accomplishments. It’s based on how powerful your boss is perceived within the group. You do not have any ability to review your manager.

    Advice to Management

    Normalize how you treat employees at the same level. Expect the same quality of work from every employee at the same level, and cut back on the favoritism. Stop treating techs like slaves and pay them for their efforts. Management is aware of the overworked and unhappy, but nothing is being done about it.


  3. Scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good open environment, nice buildings with great architecture

    Cons

    Some managers tend to hire their own buddies and promote within their exclusive circle/club. Extremely hard if possible to get promotions!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat each employee fairly and give them equal opportunity for advancement and promotion.


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  5. Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Scientific Associate II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate II in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and great bistro

    Cons

    Low salary, lots of overtime


  6. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    tone down on the corporate philosophy


  7. Good starting company

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    good opportunities, bad bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Intern in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  10. 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good entry to industry but don't plan on staying

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    develop better career development for postdoc training



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