GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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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. IT Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice team, good working culture

    Cons

    Unstable org structure, poor employee mgmt

    Advice to Management

    Think before hiring and do not change roles in every 6months


  2. Helpful (1)

    Student Placement in the Marketing department of Great Britain and Ireland.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Exposure Able to work on projects with big impact and lots of spend Some lovely people work there

    Cons

    Top down heirachy, where there is no transparency Too much work for too little people- people are stressed and overworked and it shows People don't care about the company they work for. very Corporate Atmosphere, they don't seem to care about the people in the business.

    Advice to Management

    Understand every part of your business, work in it from the bottom to the top and get to know people by name.


  3. Big pharma suffocating because too much processes

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Affairs Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Medical Affairs Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice products; Good reputation Work/life balance

    Cons

    Too slow because of too many processes departments are working in silo Business strategy doesn't make sense

    Advice to Management

    Accept to recognise when an incompetent employee has been recruited - this happen too often and such people are not appropriately managed which results in the reaching unacceptable position


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  5. R&D entry-level programme

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    Current Employee - Future Leaders Programmer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Future Leaders Programmer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When you meet GSK representatives in person they will tell you the firm sponsors visas and is an equal opportunity employer

    Cons

    GSK does not bother even considering an application if a visa is required.

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring HR who know what they're doing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Very poor leadership and recognition of strong performers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Saving lives with Vaccines salary is OK

    Cons

    bad leadership reward poor behaviour (ie big payouts) do not share information staff surveys are constantly poor but nothing is done work/life balance is bad yet they talk about how good it is knowledge is power = people do not share information

    Advice to Management

    Change the leadership Look at work/life balance It's corny but walk the talk -currently people don't


  7. Summer Intern

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    Former Intern - Supply Chain Logistics in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Supply Chain Logistics in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work on real projects, friendly people and an environment you learn a lot in.

    Cons

    There is no structure in place to retain interns. I was told whilst I was there that at any one time there are 5 times as many interns as there are graduate places, and nearly all of the graduate places are filled from recruitment outside of people on internships/placements there. I was given fantastic feedback for the duration of my internship but at the end there was no framework in place for me to be offered a full time role.


  8. SKB Product failures led to cash crisis in GSK

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Colleagues and procurement culture pre-2007

    Cons

    Lack of credibility of senior management


  9. Patience required with organisation

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to apply science and engineering and a leader in the field. Attractive product pipeline when compared to the rest of the industry and the presence of a new CEO who will make change happen

    Cons

    Politics, Beurocracy. Takes too long to do anything and only those that brownose seem to suceed. Management is very retracted from the issues that cause us problems in production so there proposed solutions for better operational efficiency is somewhat blurred. R&D is not a productive environment compared to other companies that seem to do development far better than GSK

    Advice to Management

    Get on the ground so what things are really like



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