GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
502 Reviews
3.6
502 Reviews
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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 38 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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    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
  2.  

    Many positive aspects of working at GSK

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  3.  

    IT Director

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    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
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, work from home, opportunities available

    Cons

    Heavy workload, but that is job security

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Challenging environment.

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    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Average

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    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Fairly stable due to it's size. Excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of older management in the high ranks makes moving up a challenge. Quite behind the tech curve in terms of R&D and overall processes. Not the best pipeline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Passed on quite a few excellent drugs, while throwing $4B for Human Genome without any real benefit. Too fast to please shareholders and investment banker, while not listening to internal teams.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall a good place to work but headed in the wrong direction.

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist

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

    Pros

    I worked with a lot of good dedicated people. Everyone cared and was willing to pitch in to produce a safe quality product.

    Cons

    Management, they expect people to do the work of 2 people and do not want to hear it's not done. Site manager outright lied to employees on at least one occasion probably more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell the people the truth, they are not stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company; develops people; high expectations; work/life balance challenging; take the job if offered

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Service Owner in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Support Service Owner in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Enormous company with many eco-systems so employee experience can vary greatly depending on management and business challenges. I've worked there 8 years, rose from Admin to Manager and have been offered valuable professional development opptys most points along the way. In an HR delivery function I can attest to it being a very ethical company that tries to do right by employees. Employees must own their development but the tools are there and easily accessible. Movement is encouraged to build breadth of knowledge. Pay is good/fair and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Constant market fluctuations can drive waves of RIFs that cycle through the various businesses functions. Certain functions, like IT, have seen more than their fair share. That said, there are many who have been with GSK IT over 20 years. Not unique to GSK, but they continue to try to do more with less to protect stock pricing. Employees are feeling the strain. Too many simultaneous objects. Very project focused and too many meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep a pulse on employee resilience. Truly focus on a few key objectives - don't just say it and then allow scope creep.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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