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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
593 Reviews
3.6
593 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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    good salary puts the golden handcuffs on you

    Cons

    typical high level mgmt. way out of touch

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    "Long history of innovative pharmaceutical products"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Career advancement and sales training opportunities

    Cons

    Patient First Assessments and Simulations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always important to recognize and utilize each team members individual strengths.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Underhanded dealings. Does not honor employment agreements or policies if they are not legally required to.

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    If you can stay the pay and benefits are very good. Some opportunity to move around sites and business units.

    Cons

    Layoffs, outsourcing, and getting rid of people for as cheaply as possible. Not much company loyalty. Difficult to advance past the old guard, as they are almost always given preference for new roles or advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid conservative company with increasingly less focus on the pharma business

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    Current Employee - Marketing, Pharmaceutical
    Current Employee - Marketing, Pharmaceutical

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment. People-focused. Bright and dedicated colleagues.

    Cons

    conservative, risk averse. Company is trying to diversify the risks of developing pharmaceutical products that require high drug price to recoup the investment. After all, all major countries will eventually follow UK model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Manufacturing Associate in Conshohocken, PA
    Former Employee - Bio-pharmaceutical Manufacturing Associate in Conshohocken, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Low stress, good managers, focus on safety, good pay rate, emphasis on quality, good interaction with site leadership, good atmosphere

    Cons

    No overtime, food isn't that great, don't like to bring temps on full time, complacency among employees, no advancement for low level workers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture has been better

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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

    GSK is a great company to work for overall. It is commonplace to work with individuals from across the world, which is a very enlightening experience. GSK does care about patients and performs a lot of work dedicated to charitable notions.

    Cons

    It takes forever to get anything done with the bureaucracy and political climate. This causes frustration as a lot of hard work goes to waste when it takes so long for decisions to be made. Everything is about savings money right now, and the focus is on tactical decisions, not strategic ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empowerment in the organisation has been driven to a new low. There should be more recognition of successes and the hard work being done by employees. Leadership should stop and reflect more on the short-term decisions being made and how they are impacting the strategic value and perception of employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ok. Benefits good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Good benefits and good perks with the company

    Cons

    management in England not in tune with US

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend more time with your middle management

  9.  

    GSK is a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Investigator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Investigator in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good benefits, average compensation, on-site fitness center, easy access to benefit management site and performance review site, good resources for on-job training.

    Cons

    Work environment is getting intense and less friendly recent years. Too many people work on administration jobs. The performance review process is getting weird. Frequent reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There have been so many reorganization. Not sure if the company is in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good benefits and people

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    Former Employee - Comliance Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Comliance Director in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are extraordinary and the people I worked with were generally competent and nice but in such a big company, you do find people who seem to stick around because they are better at politics than performance.

    Cons

    The complexity of the organization - you have to go through a lot of hoops to get things done

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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