Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
508 Reviews
3.5
508 Reviews
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
André Wyss
128 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 38 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 34 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 Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible, Teamwork while also working independently

    Cons

    None really, Great company to intern at

    Recommends
  2.  

    Many interesting years

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    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
  3.  

    Novartis is all about cutting costs

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Huntington, WV
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Huntington, WV

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

    Pros

    Decent insurance and 401k and most co-workers are nice and professional

    Cons

    Low pay and little chance to advance if you are an hourly employee. Chaotic environment from lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid favoritism. Follow through on employee suggestions or problems. Above all be honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales rep

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good money and good benefits

    Cons

    Poor leadership as everyone is just a number

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    Account Management

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    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Big pharma, broad opportunities across multiple therapeutic disease states

    Cons

    Typical bureaucracy found in big pharma, challenging sales environment due to healthcare reform

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

    Generally Positive Environment but Not Focused on the Big Stuff

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager
    Current Employee - Brand Manager

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

    Pros

    I worked in the consumer health division
    Pros: Upper Management makes an effort to support talent
    Reasonable budgets and brand marketing support

    Cons

    A bit too focused on the quarterly number at the expense of long term / strategic thinking

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very good company but constant downsizings

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and strong middle management.

    Cons

    Lost it's employee focus over the last 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall a positive experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good opportunities, challenging environment, smart and hard working people.

    Cons

    Lots of politics which take a lot of time and effort to navigate (you will spend as much time trying to figure out who wants what and how to modify what you to do make them happy as you will actually doing work).

    Very financially driven.

    Work life balance and many other company policies are often lip service (this is a "do as I say not as I do" organization).

    Divisions are, for all intense and purposes, different companies. What works at Alcon is likely totally different than what works at NIBR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This organization lacks candor, it could be a case study of "what not to do" from Jack Welch's book "Winning."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Opportunity and Potential

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow, lead and gain valuable experience.

    Cons

    Patent expiry and thin current pipeline. Constant down-sizing. Great talent under appreciated. Many typically leave and flourish in new companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be pro-active vs competitive threats. Tap into experience. Speed up decision-making. Reduce committees.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice Working ENvironment

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist

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

    Pros

    At Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation the working environment is a good career choice. There is a good chance of advancing if you are a good worker.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. There is too much paperwork, assessments, peer reviews and management reviews that effect the productivity of your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of corporate rivalry that must be overcome to get a more cooperation among the workers. Most importantly, do not send U.S. jobs overseas to India & China.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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