Novartis Pharmaceuticals
3.4 of 5 422 reviews
www.pharma.us.novartis.com East Hanover, NJ 5000+ Employees

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated Apr 18, 2014
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3.4 422 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss

André Wyss

(99 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "competitive salaries,good work-life balance,salespeople can achieve realistic goals"
    in 28 reviews
  • "Awesome people, good benefits, secure working environment, job stability"
    in 25 reviews
Cons:
  • "Large company work life balance is hard if you can't do it for yourself"
    in 21 reviews
  • "Not robust career development, there should be more emphasis on your future in Novartis"
    in 11 reviews
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Challenging Electrical Engineering Assignments

Project Manager (Electrical Engineer) (Former Employee)
East Hanover, NJ

I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for less than a year

ProsInteresting work, good pay, reasonable expectations.

ConsLack of long term commitment to employees. Contract assignment was relatively brief due to changing management plans. Lack of coordination and cooperation between former Sandoz and Ciba Geigy dominated groups.

Advice to Senior ManagementIntegrate the corporate cultures from the two former separate corporate entities. A clash of cultures and personalities between these groups hinders the most effective use of human resources and affects the bottom line.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very Favorable experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
East Hanover, NJ

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCommitted to R&D spending above peer companies
Diverse portfolio of industry leading products
Hire bright people with good values
Invest in the development of talent
Beautiful campus

ConsSignificant downsizing in field sales, research in recent years
Heavy workload for many

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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11 years experience generally happy with company

Executive Sales Consultant (Current Employee)
Grand Rapids, MI

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals part-time for more than 10 years

Prosgood managers, reasonable sales goals, manageable territories

Conspoor product pipeline for the future

Advice to Senior Managementcontinue with an business ownership mentality

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

ProsGreat benefits, flexible work schedules catering to employees, week long shutdown at end of year, good work-life balance

ConsManagement is sometimes not open to concerns of employees, yearly/bi-annual layoffs it seems

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Executive Sales Consultant (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

ProsExcellent pay and benefits. Products that help humanity. Excellent effort ($) put into R&D. The people care and work hard, Diverse portfolio of subdivisions: Brand Pharma, Vaccine, OTC, etc. Let's face it--we need pharma to innovate so we can all live better, healthier lives. Unfortunately, there are strong cultural forces that deny or oppose that idea. This company is trying to walk the tightrope between political correctness and profitability,

ConsIn the Brand divisions several important patents have expired. FDA taking tougher stance on new approvals has made promising pipeline products get denied or require more study. Legislation has taken an industry that was recessing and added to the hurt. Healthcare dollars are moving from patient care to bureaucratic payroll. We are paying people to say "no."

Advice to Senior ManagementInnovation made you. Innovation will turn this around. Nobody can deny the value of Pharma once their life was spared or renewed.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

Proscompetitive salaries,good work-life balance,salespeople can achieve realistic goals

Consfrequent layoffs,more specialty products,large territories,strict compliance policies

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Changing Industry

Executive Sales Consultant (Current Employee)
Miami, FL

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

ProsA great company over the years

ConsLimited pipeline and products in primary care

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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basic

Senior Sales Consultant (Current Employee)
West Palm Beach, FL

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

Prosmoney / benefit good / Good pipline

Consmany changes/ work life balance lack of motivators

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good years but it is time to move on to a better opportunity.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

ProsGood local management in midwest.

ConsGeneral Meds has no pipeline.

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Constantly undergoing change

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

ProsPeople are nice... but not sure if all are genuine. Employees have lot of perks in the office.

ConsVery unstable. It's not always about who can do the work but who can be the most politically savvy.

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