GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
503 Reviews
3.6
503 Reviews
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GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance for the most part but does depend on local management (in 52 reviews)

  • Great work environment, friendly co-workers, safe woking conditions (in 39 reviews)


Cons
  • like any pharma, very high pressure; tough to establish work-life balance (in 17 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ok. Benefits good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good benefits and good perks with the company

    Cons

    management in England not in tune with US

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time with your middle management

  2.  

    GSK is a good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Investigator in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good benefits, average compensation, on-site fitness center, easy access to benefit management site and performance review site, good resources for on-job training.

    Cons

    Work environment is getting intense and less friendly recent years. Too many people work on administration jobs. The performance review process is getting weird. Frequent reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been so many reorganization. Not sure if the company is in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits and people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Comliance Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Comliance Director in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    The benefits are extraordinary and the people I worked with were generally competent and nice but in such a big company, you do find people who seem to stick around because they are better at politics than performance.

    Cons

    The complexity of the organization - you have to go through a lot of hoops to get things done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Systems Support Analyst

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    Former Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Great training opportunity, Flexible schedule, good compensation

    Cons

    Tenure based instead of performance based.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Many positive aspects of working at GSK

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge science, infinite opportunities, great office culture, training and career development support

    Cons

    Large organization that can seem hierarchical

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    IT Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good work life balance for the most part but does depend on local management. Benefits and pay are good. Office culture in the new Philadelphia office is fantastic. Open work environment and good worknig vibe

    Cons

    Job opportunities in the Philadelphia office lag behind the UK.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Shrinking presence but bright colleagues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people. Genuine corporate desire to create great medicines.

    Cons

    Persistent cultural issues. Shrinking in innovative R&D, making it hard to find new roles or develop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Great people working in each departmnet

    Cons

    Seeking new opportunities can be challenging

  10.  

    Challenging environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities.

    Cons

    Systems and data bases are outmoded and updates are not a priority.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great for the first few

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst
    Current Employee - IT Analyst

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

    Pros

    There are none that I can any longer find.

    Cons

    Long hours no meaningfull pay increases and the constant cuts in full time employees to contract workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! stop the micro-manging trust the employee for the job they were hired to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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