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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
645 Reviews
3.4
645 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work with except recent layoffs

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    Current Employee - Principal Statistician
    Current Employee - Principal Statistician

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people, good work life balance and flexible working schedule

    Cons

    Upper management do not understand how things work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Investigator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Great science and coworkers, plenty of opportunities for personal development.

    Cons

    Job security due to industry wide strategy shifts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A great company.

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    Former Contractor - Editor
    Former Contractor - Editor

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor

    Pros

    Managers who recognize talent and encourage professional development; superb benefits, including retention incentives for management levels; excellent pay and generous time off

    Cons

    The company can experience instability; sometimes restructures are handled poorly and employees end up in positions for which they are poorly suited.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Great Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Manager
    Current Employee - Corporate Account Manager

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

    Pros

    The people you work with are well educated, professional, family oriented and overall good people. Lifelong friendships have been formed with colleagues. The benefits are really good considering todays times.

    Cons

    Very large corporation. Hard to get promoted. Bonus compensation package is very difficult to attain as well as understand how it is calculated.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    All-in-one company - GSK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    A great company to work for in terms of experience, benefits and company culture. They are generous with training and offer great mentoring opportunities. You feel a sense of pride working for this company. Great work-life balance. Headquarter building has great facilities. They are also pro-working from home.

    Cons

    It is not uncommon to notice an old boys' network in some divisions of the company. There are a lot of lifers there, people with little drive or ambition and just like the benefits and stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push people to work in different areas of the company for brief periods in order to give them a better understanding of the business. Challenge individuals who get complacent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Work life balance by senior mgmt

    Cons

    Very conservative within specialty space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your in a space you have to compete

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Engaged, educated, and knowledgeable people.

    Cons

    Fear of layoffs dampens productivity.

  9.  

    Respiratory Care Educator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Loved what I did, management was exceptional

    Cons

    Nothing at this time to state

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good company

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    Current Intern - Graduate Long Term in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Intern - Graduate Long Term in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, beautiful campus, fancy building and work environment, great people to work with, a lot of learning opportunities, good life work balance.

    Cons

    The work space is "open space" with very little privacy. It may be a little noisy because people here have a lot of telephone meetings. There used to be free coffee, but no free coffee since last winter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    It has been a wonderful place to work.

    Cons

    Many jobs are going away at the RTP site.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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