Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 39 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 35 reviews)

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  • Work-life balance is difficult to manage (in 30 reviews)

  • No work/life balance to speak of (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Business Analyst Review

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work environment, international culture, compensation.

    Cons

    Short-term contracts, bureaucracy, lack of support.

    Advice to Management

    Support H1-B skilled workers.


  2. Good company with good leadership here

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    Current Employee - Expert Clinical Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Expert Clinical Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparency at many management levels via town hall meetings, discussions

    Cons

    Too many layers, bureaucratic procedures

    Advice to Management

    No comment at this time


  3. It is a good working place.

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    Current Employee - SAS Programmer in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - SAS Programmer in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work and life reach a good balance

    Cons

    Some groups are too busy.


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  5. Great experience, but hit a ceiling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    you get exposure to decision making, and new areas from day 1. you are viewed as an expert on your teams - and so until you prove otherwise. very smart colleagues and a culture that values science as the heart of innovation and value. It is a great place to get experience as other companies value what this company is doing well.

    Cons

    there is no work-life balance. the parking lot at Novartis Oncology was always nearly full routinely at 7pm each day. No advancement and little recognition for the amount or quality of work. Tough place for women to advance in particular.

    Advice to Management

    Look outside the box when it comes to leadership or you will get cookie cutter results. Leaders come in different packages - genders, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Look for people who manage both up, down, and sideways very well and can motivate and inspire colleagues. Sometimes those that manage up do very poorly down and across, where they really need to have their impact as leaders. They may not be the traditional Novartis leadership package, but you are so lucky to have really talented people. Recognize them, encourage them and promote them.


  6. Overall a great work atmoshphere

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    Current Employee - Director in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Florham Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexzibility, multiple opportunities since there are multiple divisions/business to move in and out of

    Cons

    sometimes can get very hierarchical, management not focuse don career development of employees, highly political environment; not the best when it comes to proactive compensation of high performers

    Advice to Management

    build trust


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, lot's of opportunity to move around internally, very flexible schedule, good pay, great pipeline in oncology, talented colleagues, and nice campus.

    Cons

    A bit difficult to move up within same team. need to move around to excel in your career. At least there are opportunities


  8. Fun yet boring

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    Former Intern - Global Marketing Business Analyst in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Intern - Global Marketing Business Analyst in Florham Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to meet new people. You also get to learn new things everyday. If you like to learn and work in the pharmaceutical industry, Novartis is the place to be.

    Cons

    Sometimes, work was tedious. Other times, there was little work. Plus the communication between departments was slacking. It was either late or difficult to pick up.

    Advice to Management

    Do some insourcing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Very poor communication and unclear, unproductive processes.

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    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant III in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant III in Florham Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people and physical environment to work in.

    Cons

    Very poor communication from managers to administration. Very little respect shown toward administration staff.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your administrative staff with the same respect as your medical colleagues.


  10. Very willing to help development of employees

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    Former Employee - Project Leader in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -amazing benefit packages: healthcare packages, bonuses, 401K, education reimbursement, childcare, etc -Great pay -great work environment -friendly employees who are always willing to help others

    Cons

    -not enough people give focused presentations or host focused meetings- a lot of time is wasted as at meetings as a result

    Advice to Management

    generally approve senior management decisions


  11. intellectually challenging and fun

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    Former Employee - Intern in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    intellectually challenging work, collaborative environment

    Cons

    work load sometimes can be a bit more than other firms as far as i know



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