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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews in Cambridge, MA

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
521 Reviews
3.5
521 Reviews
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 39 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance is not well balanced and the pressure is difficult to support (in 30 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Intern experience with Novartis

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Pharmaceuticals as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    People here are really nice and fun to work with. They are all knowledgeable and supportive.

    Cons

    Can be very busy sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    In Technology, very disjointed

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

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Better 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice compensation package, but no career development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Head in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Lab Head in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good place to learn scientific techniques

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

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Novartis has been a great place to intern

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to retire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Investigator II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Investigator II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

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

    Cons

    slow 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Isolation in industry but with big picture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investigator II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Investigator II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Career 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    it's ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    the people are great and we are challenged

    Cons

    managers like micro managing and give little freedom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less stuffy

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at Novartis

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Informatics environment could definitely be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to put more resources into IT

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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