GlaxoSmithKline
3.5 of 5 428 reviews
www.gsk.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.5 428 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty

Andrew Witty

(258 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Overall benefits package is good and very good work life balance"
    in 36 reviews
  • "Friendly environment good pay and benefits"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "like any pharma, very high pressure; tough to establish work-life balance"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Lack of credibility of senior management"
    in 12 reviews
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    production technician

    Production Technician (Current Employee)
    Clifton, NJ

    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

    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)

    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)

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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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