Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
501 Reviews
3.5
501 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 38 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work load is just too much and there is absolutely no work life balance at all (in 28 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very good company but constant downsizings

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Nice Working ENvironment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Generally Positive Environment but Not Focused on the Big Stuff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Overall a positive experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Fragmented Bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    -You can slide, if you know how to hide, play politics, or both.
    -Run like a bank; they can divest any business unit simply at any time
    -Jiminez is outstanding

    Cons

    -Politics
    -Highly fragmented across geographies and divisions
    -Benefits aren't that great, particularly in the US and for a healthcare company
    -Women rule the US due to a 2010 gender bias settlement. Google it.
    -Limited mobility. Lack of promotion or even lateral movement - you're pigeonholed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the talents of your individual employees. Embrace change. Foster collaboration across boundaries and cultures.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good company for career development and opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Smart people and excellent training.

    Cons

    Political situation can severely speed or slow career progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try your best to retain top employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Director

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great company, growing and professional

    Cons

    Corporate centric and conservative. Loosing the Swiss culture with American. CIO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    De centralize some key decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Trial Leader in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Global Trial Leader in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement

    Cons

    Lowest salaries amongst competing companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mostly positive, very similar to other big companies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for development if you are the driver of it. Very good benefits. Still some good people at the company.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, structured. Two components to performance management. 2 ways: Objective (sales results) and Competencies (Values & Behaviors) Almost impossible to exceed competency expectations. Not enough internal support anymore, and what is there is mostly outsourced. Lots of leadership changes. Most of the senior leaders have no experience as a rep/manager/director

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure it would help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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