GlaxoSmithKline Reviews in King of Prussia, PA

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
465 Reviews

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Pros
  • The benefit package is pretty good and the work/life balance is pretty reasonable for pharma (in 40 reviews)

  • Friendly environment good pay and benefits (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • like any pharma, very high pressure; tough to establish work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Lack of credibility of senior management (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great experience

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues, lots of job flexibility

    Cons

    Constant infrastructure change. I was laid off but managed to get a position elsewhere in the company. I then left the company to pursue academic goals but haven't succeeded in getting my foot back in the door. They seem to be going through more lay-offs

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Scientific Investigator (medicinal chemistry)

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Investigator (Medicinal Chemistry)  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Investigator (Medicinal Chemistry) in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Scientific freedom, flexible schedule, excellent bachelors/masters associates

    Cons

    Individual ambition overrides teamwork, can be some "backstabbing," constant fear of being downsized, lack of management support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more guidance regarding job expectations and better feedback/encouragement about specific work responsibilities (paper writing, supervising, teamwork, etc.)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Loved the training they gave us constantly for new programs.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Large Company. Need to learn all the Organization knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loved the way I would take on projects and keep management updated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent opportunity to work with dedicated and intelligent people.

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    Former Employee - Scientist  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    deluded feelings of security and complacency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more cross training initiatives directed towards departmental objectives vs group objectives

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for, good ideas for medicines

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation time, diverse workforce. Noble ideas to find cures for rare diseases.

    Cons

    Little flexibility for job swaps. Low pay compared to similar positions at other pharma. In order to develop career you must leave company. No upwards advancement or mobility, only lateral movements. Outsource too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing and hiring temp workers destroys morale and company loyalty. Allow employees more opportunities for career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    USED to be a great place to work...

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    Former Employee - R&D Commercialization  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - R&D Commercialization in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

    Ability to apply for jobs in other departments. Good health insurance and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    The senior-level and mid-level managers who once made this company great are all gone. GSK today is a company run by fear and suboptimal managers. The previous focus on sales and marketing is gone. What drives most decisions now is fear of legal action. The lawyers essentially run the company because they so significantly impact key decisions. Marketing and Sales have little say in key decisions anymore, and R&D has turned into a joke, with very little marketing/commercial input . R&D is wrought with number fudging and reluctance to terminate assets despite poor trial results. There is a systematic effort to make it appear there is a robust pipeline, when in fact, half the assets are seriously troubled. Short-term shareholders and legal fears are what drives the decision making at GSK. In addition, the company is pennywise and pound foolish, and many operations decisions are vehemently opposed by staff, which has destroyed morale. Outsourcing is rampant and many managers in the US now have their admin assistants located in India. Yes, seriously. The fear of layoffs is pervasive and the stress levels are high. With so many layoffs and good people jumping ship, the morale has declined over the past 5-7 years. No one smiles, no one jokes around or has fun working. Unlike years past, it is now a miserable, depressing place to work. Stock options are worthless, promotions rarely occur, and the continuing a career at GSK has lost its appeal. The most highly regarded managers have been plucked away by other companies and only the bottom of the barrel remain. So much intellectual capital has been lost. It is a shame to have witnessed a once-great company slide so far downhill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something has GOT to be done to improve morale at this company. It has become a workplace full of strangers, with no one talking to one another. You can go days or weeks without seeing someone smile or hearing someone laugh. The incentive of upward mobility is all but gone. The company now touts lateral moves as the only opportunity for career changes. It is well-known that one must leave GSK in order to advance once's career. So the complacent folks stay and the driven people leave. And, dear senior execs, please stop letting fear of legal action and the greed of short-term profits drive your key decisions. It is truly a poor way to achieve long-term success, which is why the stock price has been flat for so many years. The company is ripe for a take-over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    GSK is a great company

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

    GSK maintains competitive salaries, a fun/fast-paced work environment, and great company values. They also hire and retain some of the smartest talent in the industry. This is a great company to work for as an new graduate or mid-career professional. I wouldn't want to work for any other company.

    Cons

    The pharmaceutical industry is volatile and, at times, there is not a great feeling of job security.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great global company. High % of contract "contingent workers" per employee.

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Great international Fortune 500 company. Better than average share of fair and well-meaning management. A top-tier pharmaceutical and consumer brand endeavor that is lean on funding, but not stingy.

    Cons

    If it stands still, it gets outsourced. So prevalent is the outsourcing that large meetings between business and IT can be made with real business-impacting decisions committed and only afterward that one notices that no actual employees were involved. Teleconferences involving four or five counties, time zones and accents are so common that you cease to realize that you are picking-up slang from the other side of the planet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Nike model of "outsource everything that you can" is business sustainable for manufacturing. But you are also a powerful R&D company. Farming out everyone that supports your key knowledge employees directly and indirectly does save short-term and even some long-term TCO, making shareholders happy. But if you continue to erode your employee base, you continue to erode the number of workers that genuinely care about the success of GlaxoSmithKline. When this sinkhole finally erupts at the surface years from now you will wonder why everyone is "letter of the process" instead of "spirit of the company" when key initiatives that require nimble teamwork fall flat. There are only so many mergers that will staff off catastrophe that you can arrange. Try refocusing on building your company from within instead of without, before it is too late.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company overall

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    dynamic, business driven, young, practical, adjust fast to the big environment. In 2008 it was the first big pharm company that dares to cut majority of discovery functions and adjust the structure orgnization to big extent. Good company overall. Good health benefit. Good dental benefit.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay especially for those hired many years ago, do not encourage publishing paper, do not retain the best scientists. Need to have competative pay, do comaparable market analysis and equity research, so those at who have stayed at the same positions will get the same pay/ or even higher pay than those new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    competative pay, do comaparable market analysis and equity research, so those at who have stayed at the same positions will get the same pay/ or even higher pay than those new hires.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture among scientists. Current environment is shaky

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist  in  King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    There are very good scientists there and good culture among the scientists.

    Cons

    The current environment and the environment in Pharma in general is poor at the moment. There is very little confidence about job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to give the average scientist a feeling of security in their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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