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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews in Durham, NC

Updated February 9, 2015
Updated February 9, 2015
13 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance for the most part but does depend on local management (in 54 reviews)

  • Work environment is good in the sense people want to strive for the best (in 42 reviews)


Cons
  • like any pharma, very high pressure; tough to establish work-life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Senior management is completely closed off from the rest of the company and has no idea what is going on (in 14 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good while it lasted

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Lead in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Lead in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary and Benefits were good

    Cons

    Continuous mergers and organization changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company that is now struggling

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Durham, NC

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good mission and compensation package

    Cons

    Lack of leadership; Poor prospects

    Negative Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience varies widely depending on the department you work in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Very smart and talented people work there.

    Cons

    Very little HR presence so no one to go to if there is a problem. If you try to report concerns or issues (including compliance issues) then you experience retaliation from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of nepotism - hire people based on merits not on who they know. Hire from within. Listen to your mid and low level employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just a number

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    Former Contractor - Membership Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Contractor - Membership Analyst in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Just 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more approachable and transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - IT Support in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Experience 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would not even know where to start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    inconsistent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Study Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Clinical Study Associate in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits and hard working people

    Cons

    no forward thinking, open office concept - thought to be 'team' benefit - so far from it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at the broader picture and not just the immediate impact of business decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Learned a lot things co-operated with group engagement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Operations Co-op in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Network Operations Co-op in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good network, Large company with lots of communication

    Cons

    Low proficiency since lots people involved in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More coffee time involved with colleagues.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Don'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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work depending on your position within the company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

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

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

    Andrew, 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Too many reorgs in IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO

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