Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

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Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    A lot depends on your boss/group

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

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation as an intern (less than an 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
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    good opportunities, bad bureaucracy

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    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 an 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
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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment
    A lot of resources

    Cons

    You will need to find the right resource.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good entry to industry but don't plan on staying

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

    I have been working at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation as a contractor (more than an 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
  6. 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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    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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    Good

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    Former Employee - Scientific Associate I Temp in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Scientific Associate I Temp in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great work enviornment

    Cons

    hard to convert temp to full time employment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    great research Institute, open to new innovative ideas

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

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

    Pros

    Institute with access cross functional specialties, open scientific discussions, Institute having shades of both academic and corporate cultures. Flexible time and research plans.

    Cons

    Institute transitioning to Novartis corporate culture
    post docs treated as cattle, with no career advancement
    new postdocs, take note and consider GNF training just as transition from academia to industry
    without harboring any intentions of joining GNF (unwritten rule against internal postdoc hiring)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work at if you work for the right person

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    Former Employee - Temporary Associate Scientist II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Temporary Associate Scientist II in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, enjoyed my research project, overall people are friendly, shower/bike storage facility available, wonderful cafeteria with food cost subsidized by company.

    Cons

    a micromanging boss with some deep seated, trust issues, who also lacked confidence in herself and others who worked for her, and no patience. Senior level RA in the group spoke negatively and fed the boss lots of gossip, and this just only fed the boss's insecurities. Some RA's were busy bodies who liked a bit of lab drama.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all PhD level scientists are meant to be in the role of management. Just because someone who has a PhD, does not make them capable of managing people nor projects. Some are better off left at the bench. Before I resigned, HR told me that I was the third person to complain about my boss- will they ever remove this person from their role, because you will lose good people, if you keep putting these types of individuals who are emotionally challenging to work with. They are not meant to be managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Pigeon-holed

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    Former Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

    Pros

    Lots of freindly people everywhere

    Cons

    No room for advancement unless you are a kiss-ass

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    GNF is a very friendly place with room to learn from everyone within.

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    Former Employee - RMS Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - RMS Coordinator in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment
    Structured Management
    Great Communication
    Lenient about taking time off
    Well maintained professionalism at workplace
    Nice cafetaria
    Various fun company events on a monthly basis

    Cons

    Can get lonely
    Can be responsible for too many tasks
    can be called in at anytime
    not well paid
    Limited group outtings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with employees about their work status

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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