Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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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. PSR

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Launch new product in competitive generic market. Plenty of opportunity to gain experience.

    Cons

    New company, very little knowledge of actual market obstacles / opportunities.

  2. Executive sales consultant

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    Former Employee - Executive Sales Consultant in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Sales Consultant in Riverside, CA

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    highly ethical , continuous training. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Novartis said they are transparent but we're not when it came to restructuring. Its not about the person, just revenue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its all about revenue. Be honest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Excellent company with career advancement, if you are willing to sacrifice work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are treated with respect and if you want to advance there are plenty of oppurtunities. Great benefits and salary.

    Cons

    It is expected that you design your life around work. Multiple waves of lay-offs, however in a year or two people are getting hired for the same positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. I was a Executive Specialist analyzing and promoting products to any individual that manages patients.

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    Former Employee - Executive Sales Specialist in Central, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Sales Specialist in Central, CA

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    I like challenging situations that require than just selling, My disease state and product knowledge helps me to understand the customers needs and customize my selling approach to their needs.
    My compensation was competitive, with excellent training and benefits.

    Cons

    The company lacked new products to sell and when we ran out of brand protection we literally had nothing to promote. There was no alternative or cross selling with other business units which would have created a bridge to products in the pipeline that would be nearing approval to sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dedicate more time to new product development and acquisition of developing products from other companies.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great company, sub-optimal management

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    Former Employee - Medical Director in Elizabeth, NJ
    Former Employee - Medical Director in Elizabeth, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is no question that Novartis is a great company. They have a great pipeline, good processes, and treat their employees well. The people are fantastic and high quality.

    Cons

    Senior management seems to be more focused with their own survival, as opposed to appropriate development. There is no development of talent. Employees are famously 'responsible for their own development', but one can only do so much on their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less vice presidents, more people to do the work. Focus on really developing amd promoting the tremendous talent that you have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Business Analyst Review

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Work environment, international culture, compensation.

    Cons

    Short-term contracts, bureaucracy, lack of support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support H1-B skilled workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great people and great projects.

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    Current Employee - Medical Dire
    Current Employee - Medical Dire

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues and innovative projects. Basel and east Hanover sites are both great places to work.

    Cons

    Too frequent changes in project direction, some poor management personnel choices, can be slow to promote from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't wait until good people start looking elsewhere before offering promotions. Better alignment on project direction. Often misses opportunity to move into competitive lead because of conservative nature.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in East Orange, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in East Orange, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Personal Growth, Great Management, Great Bonuses, Company is very supportive of employees and will work towards training

    Cons

    I sometimes found the culture to not be fun. Work could be a bit bland and maybe things do need to be shaken up and refreshed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Summer Finance Intern

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    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
  11. Novartis

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Maricao, PR
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Maricao, PR

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Best compensation, salaries, good training.

    Cons

    You have to be connected to succeed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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