Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
André Wyss
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Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 39 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 35 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is difficult to manage (in 30 reviews)

  • No work/life balance to speak of (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Worked with some big egos.


  2. Executive Sales Consultant

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    Former Employee - Executive Sales Consultant in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Executive Sales Consultant in Miami, FL

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work in specialty field

    Cons

    Reorganizations happen often for primary care sales


  3. Helpful (1)

    Opportunity for development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientific Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientific Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse culture, innovative, good opportunities for development, competitive benefits, robust development pipeline providing constantly several projects (allowing transitions and expertise building).

    Cons

    Salaries are below market practice and some teams may be overly competitive and stressful. Some teams lack expertise and senior employees.


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  5. Senior Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Wonderful work-life balance practices. Managers are all supportive and communicative.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth for internal admin staff to move out of admin role.

    Advice to Management

    Develop new training/oppoprtunities for the administrative professionals who'd like to evolve into other careers.


  6. Manager-R & D Formulation Development for solid dosages form

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in India, MS
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in India, MS

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I want to improve my skills and knowledge in the good reputed multinational company.

    Cons

    I have not feel such type of works, if it becomes such, I will do try fast correction.

    Advice to Management

    I am interesting for the same, call me further processing. R & D Formulating- Pregabalin & Methylcobalamin Tablets, Co-enzyme (Q10) Tablets etc.


  7. Great Company... Only wish they would stay.

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    Current Employee - Validation Specialist in Suffern, NY
    Current Employee - Validation Specialist in Suffern, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    With 25+ years in, pay is good with decent benefits. Granted, not as good as when I started, relatively speaking, but still decent. Currently allows for good life/work balance including flexible schedule...

    Cons

    Facility shutting down due to pipeline headed in alernative forms of doseage as compared to solid doseage.

    Advice to Management

    Value your skilled employees that take pride in their work no matter their level within organization (porters to upper management). Do not mistake "easy" for "mastery of skill." Forget "LEAN." Keep it simple! Think "Efficient."


  8. Sales representative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. It has seen a lot of change, but it is the nature of the industry.

    Cons

    they need a deeper pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your people and listen to what they have to say.


  9. Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reputable company Competitive work environment Excellent strategic planning

    Cons

    Poor people management Lack of diversity in upper management

    Advice to Management

    Learn to respect and value diversity.


  10. Associate General Counsel

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    Former Employee - Associate General Counsel in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate General Counsel in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, some great leaders, forward thinking

    Cons

    Several international folks work by "numbers" and pay lip service to compliance / Core Values

    Advice to Management

    Put people with integrity in key management positions


  11. Great company/culture, poor salary

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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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Passionate people, Diverse pipeline, Campus culture

    Cons

    Low salary, Delayed promotions, Lots of "red tape" for departments & processes

    Advice to Management

    Work on talent management and retention



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