GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is implemented (in 54 reviews)

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

Cons
  • GSK does not have good work- life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Lack of credibility of senior management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Senior Supply Chain Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Analyst and Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Analyst and Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline (Less than a year)

    Pros

    positive environment, nice people, good manager, huge company with lot of opportunities; good benefits

    Cons

    can be stressful environment but it applies to supply chain job generally (from my experience); regulatory and pharma rules when launching new product; huge company and almost impossible to contact HR personally


  2. Good company but too little personnel help

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    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job and great employment environment.

    Cons

    too much work and no help at all.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior Executive Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have ideas for bringing good products to market , some for unmet needs of patients. Unfortunately their marketing department and contracting have no clue to current business environments. Ok benefits.

    Cons

    They are the biggest fraud in the Pharma industry. They purport their vision is all about being the most trusted pharma partner to health care professionals and patients. Bottom line they are strictly about profits, not patients. Deceptive marketing practices unchanged despite paying the Dept of Justice a 3 Billion dollar fine. Their recent downsizing of 2000 employees came after a 2 Billion dollar shortfall in revenue in lead brand Advair due to mistakes made by upper management, contracting and DC herself who was " forced to retire". Cut many senior employees with outstanding top 10% performance rankings and prolonged loyal service. These factors mean nothing to management and HR who were forced to maximize cost cutting. Spending the majority of my 30+ year career there was the worst mistake I have ever made.

    Advice to Management

    Get away from the buddy system and advancing employees based on non-performance measures. Learn the definition of what realistic means.


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  5. Value Stream Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Value Stream Supervisor in Highland Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Value Stream Supervisor in Highland Lakes, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline (More than a year)

    Pros

    Honest.great team building, safety comes first

    Cons

    12 hr shifts and 7 day a week operation

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with worker


  6. New Growth Franchise Global Head, Clinical, Medical and Drug Safety

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great fast moving company to be

    Cons

    Recent acquisitions are negatively impacted on FTEs


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great if you live in the UK

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, open concept, some collaboration, opportunity to develop in different areas (to a point), global exposure, great people to work with in most parts of the organization.

    Cons

    You're only going to excel if you live in the UK. Very elite UK mentality. Holds on to employees who provide no value. Thinks global means UK and is not open to other thinking. No diversity-look at the leadership at any level.

    Advice to Management

    We need to actually live our values at all levels. Respect all thinking.


  8. Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere. Take care of employees

    Cons

    Slow advancement for career progression

    Advice to Management

    Greater career progression


  9. Helpful (2)

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales in New Rochelle, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New Rochelle, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Money is decent.

    Cons

    Company values are laudable. They want to be the most trusted pharmaceutical company in the industry. However they have created a toxic culture. Sales people are paid on how well they score on tests and other metics, such as the number of doctors they call on, the percentage of samples they give out and the number of targeted providers they get to programs/meetings. The whole field is cheating because they are scared. They routinely pass around tests; lying (inflating) the number calls made; getting doctors to sign for samples and throwing them away and running telecons that no one listens to. Reps are also subjectively rated by managers. They say the rating scale is not subjective, but it most certainly is. Integrity, honesty & respect, three of the GSK's pillars have never been so compromised. Cheating is happening. Senior management knows it. The just "turn a blind eye" to it.

    Advice to Management

    Tell people what questions they got wrong on tests and why. That way we will learn from our mistakes. Be transparent (4th GSK pillar) about it. Also, stop making us enter calls in e-samples; 360 and on a tracker. It's a hugely wasteful use of time to do things in triplicate. -- there have been so much downsizing that there is no path for promotion. Most think a second round of layoffs are coming in the fall.


  10. GSK 2015

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Current Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Multiple products, Divisions, Career opportunities, Great training, Great support

    Cons

    Challenge to balance KPIs and Sales

    Advice to Management

    simplify the mission


  11. GlaxoSmithKline - Weak culture

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Work-life balance. Good salary and benefits, including bonus opportunity. People are nice and supportive for the most part.

    Cons

    Weak culture. Morale is low driven by too many restructures and layoffs. Opportunities to grow are limited as there are very few higher level jobs. The structure has become very flat after restructuring. It sometimes feels like a cold company without a soul.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your people which is your most important asset.



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