Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
538 Reviews
3.4
538 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 company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Business unit heads try to be transparent, great benefits, great working atmosphere, nice people, company has good reputation.

    Cons

    Silos still exist, approvals are needed for everything - difficult to do job sometimes, talk of career development by managers - but never really happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement work-at-home policy for department to match the rest of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Fair, good salary, good benefits, cared about their employees, happy place to work.
    Layer off hard workers and kept those that didn't work but knew the hidden secrets of upper management

    Cons

    Upper management only ones would are important after layoffs. Didn't care what happened to their dedicated employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the people who made you what you are. You forgot all about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The company had many initiatives that were concerned with the health and wellbeing of their employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there was no on-site cafeteria.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    RA Specialist

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Great engagement, great products, great exposure!!!

    Cons

    Development for RA departments complicated from country office to the Global roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take in consideration the employees in the filials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Best training and compensation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Company values & behaviors. Compensation and incentives.

    Cons

    Many FDA failures during the last 10 years has been detrimental to company success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more sensitive to employee

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, good benefits, awesome training

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Hardworking people, very knowledgeable and skilled reps

    Cons

    A lot of layoffs in the past several years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good people in the field, bureaucracy in decision-making

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    First and second lines of management are fair and committed. R&D efforts are outstanding. Benefits are generous.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic decision-making slows decision-making. Company is too conservative to maximize the opportunities derived from R&D. Despite stated commitments to valuing employees, actions don't back up words.

    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Admin

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    time off at the end of the year

    Cons

    lay offs with no regard for life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retribution is emanate..

  10.  

    It was great when it was Alcon, but now Novartis has bought Alcon it has changed ttremendously.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Hiring a lot of new people.

    Cons

    Pay is a lot less and environment is not as close as it once was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain loyal to those that have been loyal to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    QA/ QC Analyst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA/QC Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - QA/QC Analyst in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The company is used to be nice environment to work with Chiron Corp. After Novartis took over everything is completed different .

    Cons

    I think is all about the business, alway chop! chop! and pressure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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