GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
465 Reviews

3.6
465 Reviews
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GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The best company I have worked for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GPS Lead  in  Zebulon, NC
    Current Employee - GPS Lead in Zebulon, NC

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

    Pros

    This company is great when it comes to work life balance.

    Cons

    I cant think of any really

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    GSK In RTP

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Great culture and campus and work

    Cons

    Hard working globally because of time zones

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  5.  

    Ok Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    Management is not in tune with employees. It is sometimes difficult to accomplish tasks with the information and tools provided. They are only concerned with trying to accomplish quite unreasonable corporate goals. The move to the open work environment is counterproductive for some. Not everyone excels in that environment. Too much outsourcing! It makes the job of most employees more difficult because they have to deal with a language barrier and lack of corporate understanding when dealing with the outsourcing company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more supportive of employees. More training for middle management. Allow work from home options for sites that have open work environments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Extremely slow paced

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good training ground, good reputation in market, brand name

    Cons

    Too slow, not much growth

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good benefit, lots of nice people to work with, flexible work hours

    Cons

    don't feel pay by performance, lacking budget to replace equipment, management is not that great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Good Company

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

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment, dedicated people, good benefits. Sometimes long hours were required, but overall work life balance was fair.

    Cons

    Slow downsizing was almost constant due to late stage failures. No clear strategy. Seemingly lots of problems in overseas units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top heavy overly directive senior management, ban PowerPoint, keep pushing the individual silos to put GSK's overall benefit ahead of specific units benefit.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Videoconferencing Engineer

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    Former Employee - Videoconferencing Engineer  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Videoconferencing Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Environment - great place to work before densification. Plenty of space for privacy

    Salary - met industry standards but did not take into account specialized fields and any award accumulated

    Benefits - better than average

    Cons

    Always looking over your shoulder
    Too many reorgs
    Always had to justify your job or be outsourced. Last time was lied to about losing my job.
    Too many good people gone
    No incentive to stay
    Densification equals demoralization
    Pay for performance lacking
    Advancement almost impossible unless you knew somebody. Was promised promotion but never happened even after attaining proper credentials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your talent and use it
    Get rid of management that look good on paper but don't know what the employee is doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    excellent company

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

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

    Pros

    good working environment. Excellent prospects for people who are prepared to put the effort

    Cons

    constant change in last 10 years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    True to the corporate values

    Cons

    Continue to focus on patients

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep patients first

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