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.  

    Great people...great compamy

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Wonderful smart people to work with, good benefits and bonus opportunities. Lots of development opportunities, project work and empowerment. Dynamic and personable CEO, Andrew Witty.

    Cons

    constant reorganizations and restructures, promotional opportunites have become fewer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase annual salary budget, look hard at increasing resourcing in some areas, like HR and repersonalize HR for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great culture!

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Culture is great! Values of company are ones that you can really feel good about!

    Cons

    Takes way too long to get promoted and jobs are competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways to reward and promote your people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Typical for a large global pharmaceutical company.

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    Current Employee - Validation Manager
    Current Employee - Validation Manager

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

    Pros

    The advantage of working for a large pharmaceutical are the broad opportunities available to employees for advancing your career. The benefits are good for employees. The salary and bonus is competitive with the best incentives for the lower salary grades. GSK is trying to create an image of a good corporate citizen in the aftermath of several well known regulatory compliance issues. And if you love open office concepts, then there's a place for you at GSK.

    Cons

    As with any large pharma, creating a strong corporate culture is talked about, but not organically cultivated. Having worked at smaller biotech companies, it is apparent that although they want to create a culture it is difficult for a large globally disconnected corporation to truly have a common culture. Innovation and thinking outside the box are trumped by bureaucracy and following the herd. My personal experience with HR is that they toe the company line and are not truly ambassadors for employees. Open office concept is not as productive as management would have you believe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Going down year after year since 2007

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Reasonably stable environment, good pay, and descent (used to be excellent) benefits

    Cons

    Poor leadership, disconnect between senior and middle-range management, poor treatment of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that employees are the main asset, not the pipeline.

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

    keeping contract people, and hire on contract or you can get full time if you know somebody....

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    Former Employee - Operator  in  Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Operator in Ontario, CA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly environment good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Too many politics involved - it is not what you know but who you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everybody same at least try

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    I liked working at GSK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Clifton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clifton, NJ

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline for more than a year

    Pros

    4 day work week with 12 hour shifts
    Family oriented atmosphere - Company picnics, Holiday Christmas party for the kids
    Bonus

    Cons

    Rotating schedules
    The political game - knowing the right people

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    My experience at GSK was wonderful!

    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative  in  Saint Petersburg, FL
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Saint Petersburg, FL

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent training, great team members, company culture (focused on the patient) and a fun challenge !

    Cons

    My contract was only for three years. I was sorry to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing !

  9.  

    I love working here

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare plan, fun team-building outings, great pay, good amount of paid vacation days, and a wonderful bonus every year.

    Cons

    Sometimes coworkers gossip, spread rumors, etc. but that is expected in every workplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Biopharmaceutical manufacturing associate

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    Former Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Manufacturing Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Manufacturing Associate in Rockville, MD

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nothing really. They flaunt their pension plan but it really only equates to a couple thousand a year. I am so glad I found a new job.

    Cons

    They have no ethics. They are every bit the dirt balls you think big pharma would be. Oh and they're cheap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people and not consumable goods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    GSK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent perks, training and development.

    Cons

    Extroverted "speak up" employees and leadership are being managed out of the organization. New culture prioritizes appearance to the general public, even if it means sacrificing their integrity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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