GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is implemented (in 54 reviews)

  • Work environment is good in the sense people want to strive for the best (in 42 reviews)

Cons
  • GSK does not have good work- life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Lack of credibility of senior management (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Great company, tough times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is competitive, although a bit low for big pharma. The current CEO has a good strategy. For shareholders, times have been tough for a few years.

    Cons

    Lots and lots of restructuring. CFO was hired from Goldman Sachs and therefore most of the restructuring is aimed at cost cutting. The corporate functions are getting very lean.

    Advice to Management

    Restructuring is not a neutral event. There is almost always a loss in engagement and productivity. Sometimes it may be worth it, but it is not always the answer.


  2. good company with noble intentions

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Researcher in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work-life balance, compensation, interesting work, good colleagues

    Cons

    open-workspace, job security at risk every few years/lots of reorgs, cost-cutting


  3. planner job at GSK in North Carolina

    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    working environment is nice and compensation is good

    Cons

    a little bit political and the people working there are between 40-50. the planning group is a little bit messy and sometimes you need to work overtime


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  5. Do more, feel better and live longer

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    Current Employee - Country Head of Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Country Head of Sales in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a company that gives chance for the ones who want. I've had the opportunity to work in 3 different countries in 6 years.

    Cons

    Burocracy and pace of decision making process could be improved, recognition may work for some and not for the others.


  6. GSK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good healthcare benefits, plenty of good people, reasonable pay levels (in my field of logistics and sample management), nice workspaces and facilities.

    Cons

    Inadequate sample management software, high staff turnover, too many employees planning for their next role at the expense of doing their current job leaving everyone else to do more work.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out some of the levels of bureaucracy that are a barrier to making effective changes to processes within departments.


  7. Great people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people in all disciplines work across the company. Employees believe in the company's mission. Good health benefits and flex work options. Great new office in Philly, but do miss being downtown.

    Cons

    Opportunities tend to be in UK these days. Years of restructuring have taken their toll on staff morale. Lots of uncertainty and resentment at the way people are treated, especially those who've left due to layoffs. Forced distribution of performance ratings makes it next to impossible to reward, recognize and retain top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that respect for people is one of our values. Do what you can to keep us motivated as most work incredibly hard for our company. When people leave, thank them for their contributions.


  8. Senior Supply Chain Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Analyst and Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Supply Chain Analyst and Planner in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline (Less than a year)

    Pros

    positive environment, nice people, good manager, huge company with lot of opportunities; good benefits

    Cons

    can be stressful environment but it applies to supply chain job generally (from my experience); regulatory and pharma rules when launching new product; huge company and almost impossible to contact HR personally


  9. Excellent Science

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent science and facilities in UK

    Cons

    poor stock option not good


  10. Good Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Hospital Account Manager in Pearland, TX
    Former Employee - Hospital Account Manager in Pearland, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits. They invest a lot in their employees education.

    Cons

    Very stressful work environment. Big pharma rules and regulations taken to extreme.

    Advice to Management

    You need to shield the employees from some of the stress so they can work better and more productively.


  11. Sales Rep

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company, great benefits and promoting done of the best medicines on the market that help people live better lives.

    Cons

    Low base salary and impossible to get promoted unless you're a "chosen one"

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing compensation every 6 months...it feels like you can never get promoted because the bar is constantly changing.



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