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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
551 Reviews
3.4
551 Reviews
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    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
  6.  

    A great place to work, if your hard work is appreciated

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in San Carlos, CA

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

    Pros

    A progressive company that backs its objectives and delivers on promise

    Cons

    Hard work is sometimes not appreciated or looked at by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look and promote employees based on what you know, rather than whom you know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    mid level manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting rich pipeline; dedicated employees; affiliate organization is strong in EU, US and growth markets; opportunities for development; good compensation package; competitive benefits

    Cons

    Development drives the organization; communication from management to non-management in some line functions is weak; company is in high growth mode, therefore quality is not always rewarded, while work load is high; company is still very young; heavy dependence on contractors and agencies; though very large, processes are not always defined or followed including goal setting and evaluation; vesting period for retirement is long (3 years vs 1 year at other companies), therefore company matching is at risk; be wary of signing compensation with long vesting period

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Retail

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good pay, nice offices. Good location, challenging problems.

    Cons

    My division seemed more like working in a retail chain pharmacy than in a big pharma company. Employees didn't treat each other with the level of respect I had experienced in other pharma companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well managed company working hard to deal with changes in the industry and to bring new products online which is getting harder every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Bloated

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Entry level to mid-level manger

    Cons

    Sr leadership; lack of vision; little to no communication downward

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Juvenile / High School Clique Management Culture

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    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
  11.  

    Depends on your division

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are great.

    Cons

    Gilden handcuffs keep their employees there. If you can work In a toxic environment the pay is great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your company mantra of work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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