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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
599 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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  1.  

    Great company culture. Positive work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Benefits. Company culture and values. Multiple divisions

    Cons

    Lack of direction, inconsistent strategy and leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solidify strategy and goals before sharing with entire organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Past was great, future is bleak

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people who strive for excellence. The salary is good, benefits are great. Company is large which affords opportunities.

    Cons

    The industry is contracting and so is GSK. In addition, there is no evidence of a long-term strategy. Layoffs are constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a strategy that will work over the long-term. Don't be so reactive to every little bump in the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    GSK is a good company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Investigator in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Investigator in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    GSK brings together the critical mass of smart, dedicated people needed to discover drugs.

    Cons

    The industry is contracting, and there is always a threat of layoffs in research.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work with highly motivated people who care about doing things right with high ethical standards

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive Pharmaceuticals Representative in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Executive Pharmaceuticals Representative in Denver, CO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Great benefits and people to work with

    Cons

    Top management needs to understand how to motivate a top sales force,, limit the minutiae

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to pay for sales performance

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Professional, self motivated individuals striving for a single goal.

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    Current Employee - Healthcare Consultant in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Healthcare Consultant in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, good package, with opportunity to grow

    Cons

    slow growth, but opportunity is there, low salary increases and bonuses are non factors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales culture is good, I have a great team and managers for the most part will go to bat for those on the front line, growth opportunities are there if you are able to move around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great salary, horrible culture

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    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Professional in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good base pay, travel opportunities and company car

    Cons

    Horrible culture, difficult development processess, awful management and leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing people before you promote them. Most managers at GSK have limited people skills and are more interested in advancing their own careers instead of investing in the success of their teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well-intentioned copmany with weak leadership struggling to innovate and sell during challenging times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Golden-handcuffs compensation; well-intentioned company trying to do the right thing; focus on personal and career development

    Cons

    Weak leadeship rarely held accountable for mistakes or poor performance; frequent strategic and organizational change; too much deadweight (overpaid, unmotivated, long-timers); bureaucratic decision-making and processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on fewer therapeutic areas. Hire expertise and allow them to take risks on real unmet needs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    politics and inept leadership

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

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    pay, worrk life balance and benifits

    Cons

    politics and lack of gender equality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    GSK was once a great company, going through tough changes now

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Met a lot og great people here during my tenure

    Cons

    CIA agreement with DOJ has forced alot of changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-engage with your employees and create a more inspirational culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company if you're in the Philly area

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good benefits and good pay if you can make it through cuts

    Cons

    RTP site will be nonexistent within 2 to 3 years. All functions will move to Philly area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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