GlaxoSmithKline R & D

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GlaxoSmithKline R & D Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
53 Reviews
3.6
53 Reviews
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GlaxoSmithKline R & D CEO Andrew Witty
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29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is also a promotion of a healthy work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits comparable to others within the sector (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • R&D is a very heavily regulated environment so there are lots of hoops to jump through - not GSK's fault but it is a pain (in 5 reviews)

  • tough to get into senior management (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lovely company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline R & D

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits, good people

    Cons

    Lots of outsourcing, unclear direction of company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    GSK going through a lot of change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline R & D

    Pros

    Great company and people to work for, opportunities to expand skills and wealth of experience.

    Cons

    GSK going through a lot of change, need to reduce complexity in simple processes, senior management can be viewed as making rash decisions based on little information and then a chain reaction from there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep talent and loyalty - take the time to rebuild smart. Losing key talent and passion is hard to recover from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Supervisor, Project Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Project Manager in Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Project Manager in Collegeville, PA

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

    Pros

    benefit, team members, training in time

    Cons

    overtime often occurs due to compounds deliverables

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in Phila, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline R & D full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move around the company

    Cons

    Constant changes with lack of clarity. Good intentions with bad execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address the infrastructure to ensure continued delivery.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice to play to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline R & D as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very flexible on WFH and working hours for US based employees since they face UK. Lots of early mornings on conference calls.

    Lots of training opportunities via CBT - in fact a lot of training is required.

    Cons

    Too many contractors - GSK is loathe to convert contractors to fulltime employees - they have an internal 2 year rule on contractors that is subverted daily.

    R&D is a very heavily regulated environment so there are lots of hoops to jump through - not GSK's fault but it is a pain.

    Building Five at RTP is "open seating" - just tables with docking stations. It's supposed to encourage mixing and creativity but everybody sits in the same seats everyday anyway. Just give people a desk so they can put pictures of their kids on their desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convert some folks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    GSK execs try

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of effort on the part of senior leaders to create an environment at GSK conducive to innovation, productivity, and a good work experience. There is a large value placed on professionalism and teamwork.

    Cons

    A minority of senior leaders focus their energy on politics and get in the way of GSK being all that it can be. Initiatives rarely are ended; they just fade away, wasting time an effort on the part of employees to continue to engage until they realize nothing is happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tolerate the trouble-makers amongst you and certainly don't reward bad behavior.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    PRAY IF YOUR A SENIOR, 10 years of dedicated service equals being laid off to save money on a younger less experienced..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline R & D

    Pros

    Money...As long as you forget your own personal ethics you'll be OK.

    Cons

    Understand that this company pay and values sales first and only. Research for safety is a low priority.
    Unethical company with no morals other than making money!
    No work life balance NONE. Be prepared to lose the very people you value the most--your family!
    ADVISE: Value your laptop, because it becomes a limb on your body. Value your company car because you'll spend more time in it than with your family. Quit at 5 years if your smart, unless of course, you work in sales, and your willing to bet your looks last. If you are a woman get some plastic surgery, and find the tight shirt, and the very shortest skirts...oh, don't forget the 3" heels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your talent!
    Respect R+D staff just as much as you do your sales staff.
    Stop letting low quality research sites do your trials (in exchange for back door prescribing). Bad research in, bad quality out...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very happy career in R&D

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Investigator in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, good benefits and culture. Depending on the manager there is a good emphasis on training and broadening your skill base. There are opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Poor lab facilities in many areas with aging equipment. Flexible work at home options and vacation policy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the engagement with staff and diversifying the risk to the portfolio. Would be good if some of the UK benefits such as share reward and share save could come to the US.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Does the right thing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Medical Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Medical Scientist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Scientists and other staff really have patients interests and health in mind of everything they do. Very ethical, smart people.

    Cons

    Very large organization with increasing regulations sometimes makes it difficult to operate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Collegeville, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline R & D full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    That company overall is very focused on employee development. The organizational processes are geared towards reaching goals and continuous improvement. There is also a promotion of a healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    There are several pending orgainizational changes which have not yet come to light. The ambiguity of the unknown tends to be a distraction and minor concern amongst the workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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