GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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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

    Pay is Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Pay. Excellent facilities and people. Wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    lay offs every three years, bad business decision to cut Research Triangle Park site (home of Burroughs Wellcome and Glaxo whose products continue to build company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of upper management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Overall working at GSK has been a good experience.

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Skill set development encouraged across groups

    Cons

    Constant re-organization, which can lead to an unsettled environment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3. GSK Acct Mgr

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    Current Employee - Acct Manager
    Current Employee - Acct Manager

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

    Pros

    Support to do your job and trust you know how to grow the business

    Cons

    Lack of clear mission between divisions competing for airtime with customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unify the vision and strategy so all of GSK wins together.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow

    Cons

    Good ok boy culture at top

    No opinion of CEO
  6. GSK reorganization

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    Current Employee - In House Management Position in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - In House Management Position in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Great medical, pension and 401K benefits

    Cons

    Permanent downsizing has occurred in the home offices in RTP and Philadelphia, expect field sales force reductions later in 2015

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about criteria used to make lay off decisions; don't allow so much time between the announcements and actual layoffs, it reduces morale and productivity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Have enjoyed my career at GSK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    great co-workers; nice benefits; work location

    Cons

    limited development and growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reassess your strategy; be focused on your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. GSK Advanced Training

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    Former Employee - Therapeutic Sales Professional in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Therapeutic Sales Professional in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Glaxo Smith Kline provided an excellent day to day training ground for on going advanced Sales techniques, public presentations and territory management.

    Cons

    The challenges of a forever changing Medical and Managed Care controlled market provided serious challenges and roadblocks to supporting the field sales force.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Glaxo is an OK company to work for

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    good pipeline, science oriented, reasonable work environment. had some excellent first line mangers. products are truly life saving. always received well by customers. good reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    bonus structure is now not based on sales performance but ability to take test and simulations. system for taking these test and simulations is corrupted by rampant cheating. new sales model does not work while launching drugs in todays environment. states transparency as a company value but has become one of the least transparent companies in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put a sales component back into the selling teams. be more honest and upfront with employees and customers. pay sales bonuses for launch, going to build a playground with company leadership is not the same incentive as a cash bonus for performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. General Manage

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    Current Employee - Management in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Management in Akron, OH

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent ownership, Patient oriented company

    Cons

    Being a family owned company cannot afford top level benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the positive attitude. Flows through the company from top to bottom.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. As good as it gets

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Safety is a high priority

    Cons

    Use of animals in testing of products

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