Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
489 Reviews

3.5
489 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 36 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work load is just too much and there is absolutely no work life balance at all (in 24 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern experience with Novartis

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People here are really nice and fun to work with. They are all knowledgeable and supportive.

    Cons

    Can be very busy sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great People, Friendly and helpful. Loads of knowledge to gain from the experienced people

    Cons

    None. I had a great experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My overall experience with Novartis was positive.

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    Former Employee - Senior Medical Director  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Novartis is well managed financially and attracts good talent.

    Cons

    Novartis had too many reorganizations and did not value career development. Culture lacked transparency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Mostly positive, very similar to other big companies

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for 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
  6.  

    Impressive to investors but not always to workers

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    Former Employee - Contractor, Marketing  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Contractor, Marketing in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Exciting pipeline. There's also the desire to be innovative and try out new approaches even if they're not being used elsewhere in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Cons

    Broken processes. Too much time in the marketing area is spent in ensuring compliance with FDA regulations. I think smarter processes can result not only in a high level of compliance but also in more time to do the core parts of the job. Also, rolling layoffs introduce constant uncertainty into the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See how much time your people are wasting on bureaucratic tasks and improve processes to address the situation. Also, pick an organizational structure and stay with it for awhile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    General Medicine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, pods, samples, meetings training

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Large budgets, samples, pods, training

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

    Good people, overseas management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Largest pharma company on the globe
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Swiss ownership/micro-management of domestic domestic site is overbearing
    Houra can be a little rough during production campaigns.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    No RESPECT!

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid company, excellent benefits, strong base salary, job security.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth. Be prepared to be thrown under the bus and your work constantly questioned by the upper levels of Clinical Operations. Oh, and be prepared to do nothing but work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way too much politics and playing favorites.

  10.  

    Good Company but very political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    right IT strategy , compensation, compliance to standards

    Cons

    very political , resistant to change , leaders need to lead and not self protect

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at Novartis was a very positive experience

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I found the atmosphere to be professional, encouraging, and supportive. I did not experience any time/energy wasted on "office politics" or jockeying for position. I was given the resources I needed to perform my duties, and I found the work to be stimulating and challenging.

    Cons

    There tend to be "silos" of information. I felt I might have performed even better with opportunities to understand better the work of other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the lines of communication about the long-range prospects for each facility in the corporate vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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