Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

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Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
97 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Wonderful work-life balance; CEO is doing a fantastic job (in 9 reviews)

  • Lots of talents and very matrix working environment (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • It is such a large company it can be overwhelming (in 5 reviews)

  • Work/life balance was not good, and transparency on decision making almost non-existent (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research

    Pros

    - Flexible working hours
    - Competitive Pay

    Cons

    - Improve Training Program in Department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve Training Program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to do research

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people, all very friendly. Great resources, other divisions always ready to lend a hand.

    Cons

    Intern salary. But FTers express that they are well-compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like the new values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company with bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great science over all with lot of resources and interaction with other scientists, great product pipeline, company provides very good benefits

    Cons

    Terrible management!!! Managers can abuse their power and manipulate in order to acclaim their credits, which in turn make employees very stressed out with unrealistic timeline and many projects at the same time. Work-life balance is a wish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a predicament if you zqueeze and stress out your employees in a long run while still expecting them to remain efficient, productive and creative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Former NIBR contractor's thoughts

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - .NET Software Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - .NET Software Developer in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work in an environment with so many talented, creative people, using modern, sometimes state of the art technologies. Relatively hands off management leaving room for talent to blossom. Opportunities abound to learn and grow as a developer. Great and interesting challenges in developing software for Scientists. Pay is good. Nice facilities.

    Cons

    As a Contractor I did feel treated as an outsider by some people, but this was certainly not the case with all. Working among so much talent definitely comes with its share of stress and pressure to perform and keep up. Novartis has a policy that limits a contractor's role to no more than 18 months. No matter how well you perform, if you are not offered a full time position, you will be let go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much talent is lost by such heavy reliance on Contractors, that are dropped after 18 months. This is a large, multinational company, so this allows just enough time to really understand in depth how things work, and make significant contributions, and gain recognition. A model based on producing larger shareholder dividends is clearly in conflict with NIBR's mission to further medicine and discovery

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Contractor at NIBR in Cambridge MA

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    Current Employee - Contractor in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Contractor in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Novartis/NIBR has most of the pros you'd expect from a very large biotech/pharma employer: excellent resources such as ease of access to IT and an intranet, LOTS of knowledge and capabilities within the organization and even the small stuff such as a shuttle van for traveling between the different buildings here in Cambridge.
    -There are lots of trainings, speakers and seminars available for those who are interested. Even if the event isn't held in your location there's a great chance that you can VC/TC in for an event elsewhere.
    -Novartis as a whole has a strong pipeline and this is continuously being reinforced by both internal development projects and M&A, partnerships etc.
    -Work-life balance may obviously vary greatly depending on your group and role but in my experience this has been excellent at NIBR. My coworkers and managers have been very accommodating for both myself and others in my group.

    Cons

    -Likewise Novartis/NIBR has a lot of the cons associated with a very large organization. Red tape, hierarchy and a disconnect between groups along associated pathways in the organization are all present to various degrees.
    -Favoritism between related functional groups is obvious to everyone involved.
    -Compensation is below average. Even as a contractor my compensation is NOT competitive and many of my coworkers have noted that their benefits packages are well below market average for their experience level.
    -In my experience, budgets here are VERY tight. My group in particular has worried more about their budget more than some start-up biotechs I've worked at!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator II in Cam, MS
    Current Employee - Investigator II in Cam, MS

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    great place to work and learn science

    Cons

    it can be easy to get lost at times with a big organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Install measures to bring in a sense of community within the work atmosphere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great company to work for, empowering its employees and with many opportunities, a stable financial basis

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    Former Employee - Project Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    great company to work for, empowering its employees and with many opportunities, a stable financial basis and great work ethics

    Cons

    Internal politics within the company and within the board of directors make life rough, despite a good policy to weed out oversized egos (which doesn't apply to the board actually)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be a tad more adventurous, give more credit to the work done by teams over the gift of the gab displayed by many

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Surprisingly disappointing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    Healthcare benefits and unlimited sick time
    Location is nice

    Cons

    Too results driven that project team leaders lose oversight of the mission.
    Managers are much too young and upper management is terrible, not open to communication
    Too much politics unrelated to actual work skills-personal biases that factor into calibration and year end reviews, defeating the purpose of calibration meetings
    Married couples should NOT be working in the same department, much less group, and HR does nothing about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to instill positive work ethics and high morale, reward associates for hardwork
    Promotions should be based on merit, not time of service or personal favortism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Terrible culture and management!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Contractor positions pay well.

    Cons

    Poor, disorganized management. Company culture leads to lots of stressed-out people, there's a lot of sitting around and then panicking to get things done at the last minute. Unbelievably cliquey management and preferential treatment for people in the inner circle. No actual performance feedback, just passive aggressiveness. They try to save money on benefits by putting "contractors" in full time roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give feedback and advice on performance. Employees aren't mind-readers and evil glares across the office won't help improve performance.

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

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, very friendly, a lot of room to grow and learn, brilliant people who care about the benefit you will receive from your position.

    Cons

    No work life balance, but that might depend on the position you assume and how much you choose to take your work out of work and bring it home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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