Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews in Cambridge, MA

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3.3 9 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss

André Wyss

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 36 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work load is just too much and there is absolutely no work life balance at all (in 24 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 7 reviews)

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    overly bureaucratic but high quality science and well integrated multicultural work force

    Lab Head (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsStylish, European organisation. The company pays attention to detail whether it is science, regulatory, PR or employee satisfaction. Social in an American scale.

    ConsLack of uniform standards in operation. One has to learn how to interact with individual departments. Supervisors often create stressful microenvironment and associates have little protection but seeking other jobs. Very male heavy management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe won't listen. Joe Jimenez is only recently took over leadership and too soon to tell. He may be too American (blunt and profit centric) for a European (more socially committed workplace) company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    In Technology, very disjointed

    UI Developer (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsCulture that promotes some aspects of technology, flexible hours, great work environment

    ConsVery short sighted when it comes to using technology. Only interested in current technology and not interested in other technologies that may be relevant. Management (or those given the illusion and responsibility of management) are not well organized and fail in communication. After meeting my hiring manager on the first day, I never heard from him again. The next senior person in the group was in charge and his management and communication skills were very weak.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter organization and communication. Stop making several versions of the same application for different groups, it is a tremendous amount of waste, in time and money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice compensation package, but no career development.

    Scientific Associate II (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsGood Benefits
    Good Pay
    Good place to work if you have a young family

    ConsNo career development, especially if you don't have a PhD
    No project input sought from staff that isn't management.
    You'll get a raise and a promotion, but your responsibilities will remain the same forever.

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    good place to learn scientific techniques

    Intern (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    Prosgood mentors, very interactive environment. All the equipment and materials you need are available or will be made available upon request.

    ConsNovartis has been a great place to intern

    Advice to Senior ManagementCould the intern program be made more of a talent recruitment program, so as to offer undergraduates the opportunity to join the NIBR

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    Good place to retire

    Research Investigator II (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsExposure, resources, big pharma work culture, get to meet doctors and patients aswell, stable job, slow but steady promotions, great work llife balance

    Consslow growth, monetary compensation not the best, not a good retainer of employees, too diversified, great gap between research and translational science, data access at research not great

    Advice to Senior Managementget rid off under performers, talent management is lacking, needs to translate some visions into practice, needs to be more focussed in their efforts

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    Emphasis on information sharing, but still hampered by large corporation dynamics

    Investigator II (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsReal emphasis on doing good science and meeting medical needs. Matrixed organization means easier to access upper management directly for discussion.

    ConsCareer advancement opportunities from within seem slim - they do not appear to have promoted many from the internal ranks, rather looking for external people to fill key upper mgmt roles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline communications to employees (too many routes to get disparate information) - usually means key info can be lost. Also consider explicit guidelines for career advancement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Isolation in industry but with big picture

    Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsThe resources behind the postdoc project make it attractive to do a postdoc at Novartis. In addition, the scale of experiments is large. Instead of thinking about a single protein family member, we are authorized to go after the entire family.

    ConsThe biggest down side to being a postdoc in industry - at least at Novartis - is feeling isolated. The postdocs do not work on pipeline projects, which is good so that our work can be published, but every one around is working on a pipeline project, with tangential relationship to the postdoc project. Most labs only have 1 postdoc, so it is easy to feel isolated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe postdocs are treated more like associates than investigators. It would be helpful for postdocs to have more opportunities to attend project meetings and understand what it is truly like to lead a lab in industry not just do the actual bench science.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    it's ok

    Researcher (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    Prosthe people are great and we are challenged

    Consmanagers like micro managing and give little freedom

    Advice to Senior Managementless stuffy

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    Working at Novartis

    Scientist II (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsOverall a good place to work. Company's pipeline is reasonably strong

    ConsInformatics environment could definitely be improved

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to put more resources into IT

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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