GlaxoSmithKline
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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews in Durham, NC

Updated Feb 25, 2014
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3.0 11 reviews

                             

17% Approve of the CEO

GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty

Andrew Witty

(6 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good while it lasted

    Quality Assurance Lead (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsSalary and Benefits were good

    ConsContinuous mergers and organization changes

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just a number

    Membership Analyst (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsGood work life balance because the company is so large. As long as you are performing, you are not micromanaged

    ConsJust a number. Don't expect to be hired or promoted unless you are sucking up or know someone. Your performance and experience do nothing for you here. It is all about who you know.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more approachable and transparent.

    No, I would not 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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    inconsistent

    Clinical Study Associate (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    Prosgreat benefits and hard working people

    Consno forward thinking, open office concept - thought to be 'team' benefit - so far from it

    Advice to Senior Managementlook at the broader picture and not just the immediate impact of business decisions

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

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    Learned a lot things co-operated with group engagement

    Network Operations Co-op (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsGood network, Large company with lots of communication

    ConsLow proficiency since lots people involved in.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore coffee time involved with colleagues.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's OK - but hope you get a good manager and department leader/VP

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsThey do really good things for people who need their medicines.
    They have some innovative management ideas.
    Advancement is available.

    ConsDon't get stuck in a bad department.
    As with any job, networking and getting your personal brand known is key to moving up.
    Increased litigation and legislation unfavorable to US pharmaceuticals has led to most leadership positions moving to London, UK.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think the focus has shifted from delivering products of value to constantly seeking shareholder approval. Don't make cuts in staff before you invest in efficiencies to be able to do without them. Put health care back into pharmaceuticals. Some of the best decisions for healthcare are not based on one quarter's profits.

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    Great place to work depending on your position within the company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsBenefits and pay are outstanding; great co-workers and opportunities for personal development.

    ConsMy Director gives lip service to the empowerment initiative. She continues to micromanage everyone in our area and has been doing so for 12 years. Andrew, she does not watch your broadcasts, or go to our SVP town halls. With the simplifcation taking place in IT, employees are at the mercy of those making decisions. In my case, I was moved to a new building, new boss, new group only to find out that I will be "scored" on my performance for this year only. I have been with the company in various departments for almost 19 years and my score will NOT include my performance for the first 18 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAndrew, if you are serious about empowerment and transparency within the company, please oust those decision-makers who are not on board with you. I am truly inspired by your leadership and hope that I will continue to be employed by GSK. p.s. I will find out next week if I am still a GSK employee.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many reorgs in IT

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsGood pay and good benefits.
    Some departments better at allowing role expansion.
    Some technologies managed well (upgrades, patches, versioning, etc).

    ConsSome areas have micro managers, not enough people who understand the big picture.
    Senior management spending sprees for business trips and meals.
    Promotions don't always go to the person with the highest talent and skill level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrop the eighteen month rule for the US as well. Take a detailed 180 degree review of all management. Streamline processes and remove the bureaucracies.

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    Not for Skilled Employees, Management does not have a clue on what they expect?

    Clinical Scientist (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsFlexible working environment
    Adaption of new technology

    Cons"Not my problem" attitude among the superviors.
    Too much travel for pleasure by senior management
    Always look out for less cost effective process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your employees and let them share what they have in store.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, just don't get stuck.

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
    Durham, NC

    Pros- Good pay and benefits, even compared to the rest of the industry.
    - Worthwhile mission of developing useful products which prolong and enhance life.

    Cons- Highly instable as of 2008.
    - Senior management touts common sense approach to business and then makes decisions that lack foresight and seem to defy any sense.
    -Company is too politics driven, and deserving people are often passed over for promotions or lateral assignments.
    - Over-outsourcing destroys employee morale and leads to lower quality service.

    Advice to Senior Management- Communicate more with teams that directly interface with the customer base, and do not outsource to the point where you alienate both employees and customers.

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