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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews in East Hanover, NJ

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
96 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

    Summer Finance Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Great Work environment
    -friendly people
    - beautiful campus

    Cons

    - not too many intern events

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Juvenile / High School Clique Management Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is (was?) great as evidenced by the quality of cars in the car park; I have seen a Maserati, Tesla, and even a Ferrari in the "common" (i.e. non-executive) lot.

    Cons

    While every company has internal politics, it's as if Novartis management - no leadership here - and HR actively encourage it. In short, this once great company is now run by a high school clique mentality, where promotions and positions are dolled out based on beauty not merit.

    Also, Novartis recently moved all of HR, IT, Sourcing, and other back office functions into a shared service. While there will be no impact on headcount. jobs will be shifted to Hyderabad, Prague, and Dublin. Total compensation will be cut, and the few opportunities there were will be given to "the club" of the privileged few who run this place. So if you're looking for a back office spot, consider moving to India or Eastern Europe.

    As an example of how many employees are dissatisfied (and only really staying because the pay is great), the brilliant Novartis HR team sent out a memo about end of year reviews and actually highlighted the appeals process. Specifically, they mentioned it in the subject (ala "End of Year Reviews and Appeals Need to Be Completed By XX Date."). Really? Shouldn't appeals be the exception to employee reviews? By calling it out in the subject and detailing the process in the body of the email, HR is basically recognizing the fact that the appeals process at Novartis is now status quo for end of year reviews, with a significant percentage of employees invoking it. Let that be an indication of the kind of environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother? I feel that if they even care to see these reviews, they'll just laugh, checking the value of their options and laughing at the little gal/guy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Business unit heads try to be transparent, great benefits, great working atmosphere, nice people, company has good reputation.

    Cons

    Silos still exist, approvals are needed for everything - difficult to do job sometimes, talk of career development by managers - but never really happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement work-at-home policy for department to match the rest of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Fair, good salary, good benefits, cared about their employees, happy place to work.
    Layer off hard workers and kept those that didn't work but knew the hidden secrets of upper management

    Cons

    Upper management only ones would are important after layoffs. Didn't care what happened to their dedicated employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the people who made you what you are. You forgot all about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Brutal, vicious place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Human Resources in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Director, Human Resources in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Well, I made some money on the stock options.

    Cons

    Played fast and loose with US labor laws. There's a reason they got slammed in court, and dropped from the Working Mother list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the Euro-centric policies. The US is your biggest profit center. Make sure your US employees are treated accordingly. Stop requiring US-based employees to be in Switzerland on Thanksgiving. It's also obnoxious to sneer when US-based employees want to go home at a reasonable time......when they've been on conference calls all over the world since 5 AM. If McKinsey's going to run the place, just call it what it is, OK?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Many interesting years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    It is a diverse environment, where you meet people from different countries and learn how they perceive the work environment. Novartis has a competitive atmosphere, making you strive to be the best you can be. It offers many opportunities that can help you grow in your career. I worked 24 years there and I wish I could have worked at least 15 more.

    Cons

    As with many other pharmaceutical companies, you feel your job is at jeopardy because of the contant restructuring due to patent losses and outsourcing to contract manufacturing, R&D and moving whole departments to other countries with cheaper labor or less regulation, like China.
    Raises were getting lower or none at all in the last few years. Promotions were many times based on who you know, not what you know, which can severely damage the competitive future of any company, by placing incompetent people in critical positions and creating a hostile or un satisfying environment.
    The personnel review process was based on forced distribution, or bell curve. Therefore, they had to "punish" some for that sake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should concentrate more on the practical side of the company and less on theoretical training that just leads to waste of resources and time. Give credit where credit is due.
    Use your position wisely and recognize the real talent surrounding you and promote and reward accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good company for career development and opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Smart people and excellent training.

    Cons

    Political situation can severely speed or slow career progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try your best to retain top employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Trial Leader in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Global Trial Leader in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement

    Cons

    Lowest salaries amongst competing companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My overall experience with Novartis was positive.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Novartis is well managed financially and attracts good talent.

    Cons

    Novartis had too many reorganizations and did not value career development. Culture lacked transparency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Impressive to investors but not always to workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contractor, Marketing in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Contractor - Contractor, Marketing in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Exciting pipeline. There's also the desire to be innovative and try out new approaches even if they're not being used elsewhere in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Cons

    Broken processes. Too much time in the marketing area is spent in ensuring compliance with FDA regulations. I think smarter processes can result not only in a high level of compliance but also in more time to do the core parts of the job. Also, rolling layoffs introduce constant uncertainty into the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See how much time your people are wasting on bureaucratic tasks and improve processes to address the situation. Also, pick an organizational structure and stay with it for awhile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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