GlaxoSmithKline
3.5 of 5 381 reviews
www.gsk.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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3.5 381 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty

Andrew Witty

(229 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "If you want to have work / life balance, you can do it here"
    in 32 reviews
  • "The pay and benefits are very good, with medical and prescription drug insurance being excellent"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "like any pharma, very high pressure; tough to establish work-life balance"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Lack of credibility of senior management"
    in 11 reviews
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Production Technician (Current Employee)
Clifton, NJ

I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGlaxoSmithKline is a grate place to work you learn many different skills

Consworking night shift and 12 hour

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pick your own poison

Investigator (Former Employee)
Collegeville, PA

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 5 years

Prostraining campus for new graduates

Consbullet-proof glass ceiling, very political environment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

ProsGreat company to work for

ConsHierarchical structure in most divisions

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Okay if you are friends with managers

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

ProsGood pay and benefits, good vacation time.

ConsVery high school atmosphere, you have to be friends with the managers to succeed.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire from the outside for diversity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic

Quality Manager (Former Employee)
Research Triangle Park, NC

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBenefits. State of the art technology. Career development. Leadership. Great people. Process focused. Customer driven. Quality. Best company I have worked for to date.

ConsThere are always a few people you wonder how they even got to work for a Company of this caliber, but this was an exception.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Loved the training they gave us constantly for new programs.

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
King of Prussia, PA

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSalaries are wonderful. People are team oriented and great to work with.

ConsLarge Company. Need to learn all the Organization knowledge.

Advice to Senior ManagementLoved the way I would take on projects and keep management updated.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent opportunity to work with dedicated and intelligent people.

Scientist (Former Employee)
King of Prussia, PA

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 10 years

Prossalary, benefits, opportunities for growth (lateral and vertical)

Consdeluded feelings of security and complacency

Advice to Senior Managementmore cross training initiatives directed towards departmental objectives vs group objectives

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Awesome Company!

Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 10 years

ProsExcellent development opportunities, competitive pay, awesome work/life balance and benefits.

ConsCompany is too UK focused.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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They'll suck out a part of your soul spit it out like dirt

IT Support (Former Employee)
Durham, NC

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExperience with corporate company. You get treated the best when you get laid off. They set you up with an outside company who helps you get back on the market.

ConsMost never feel secure there but if you've been there for a few years you stick around for the "package"

Advice to Senior ManagementI would not even know where to start.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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No Career Advancement Opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 8 years

ProsReally great work-life balance. Most salaried employees within R&D are only required to work 35 hours per week. Also, flexible work schedules are a nice bonus.

ConsCompensation is low compared to the industry. There is no room for career advancement. Many of the internal programs within R&D to promote top talent are advertised at a management level which is too high above those that are early on in their career (5-10 yrs in). Trying to move around within the organization is tough too. Management doesn't value their internal employees as much as they do external job applicants. The fact that middle managers within GSK have no confidence in their own workforce and would rather hire external pretty much sums up how they treat their employees once you get a job there.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo matter what form of communication comes from senior leadership, middle managers continue to promote their self serving behavior and twist any form of communication in their favor. My advice to senior leadership would be to pinpoint the top heavy R&D organization and overhaul the "grandfathered-in" middle managers that are halting the companies growth and start investing in younger human capital. It's not the '90's anymore. It's time to start investing in talented employees that have a fresh perspective on the industry.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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