Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
523 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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  1.  

    Overall review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits including 401(k) match.

    Cons

    It's a Swiss company. They do not know ow yo think or act "outside of the box". New ways of thinking and approaches are not warmly encouraged or embraced.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Brutal, vicious place

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    Former Employee - Director, Human Resources in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Director, Human Resources in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Well, I made some money on the stock options.

    Cons

    Played fast and loose with US labor laws. There's a reason they got slammed in court, and dropped from the Working Mother list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the Euro-centric policies. The US is your biggest profit center. Make sure your US employees are treated accordingly. Stop requiring US-based employees to be in Switzerland on Thanksgiving. It's also obnoxious to sneer when US-based employees want to go home at a reasonable time......when they've been on conference calls all over the world since 5 AM. If McKinsey's going to run the place, just call it what it is, OK?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Work Life Integration

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The compensation at Novartis is "market level", but merit increases (raises) are tiny. Occasional work from home is a common perk for those whose jobs allow it, which is a real plus.

    Cons

    Novartis no longer uses the term "work-life balance". Instead they prefer "work-life integration". That simply means you are expected to be available and actively working 24 hours a day. Emails from employees at 11pm are not uncommon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are some really motivated and inspiring people working here who really do want to do a good job and are prepared to work hard.

    Cons

    Some of the systems and processes could do with revision - they get in the way of being able to work as effectively as you might like to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting a better work life balance for people.

  6.  

    Could be so much more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Highly motivated, smart middle management and individual contributors.
    Great benefits, fair and balanced internal employee review system

    Cons

    Dysfunctional IT leadership.
    Severely overburdened processes make mountains out of molehills. People in charge of Quality and Compliance have little to no technical acuity, which results in weeks or months of arguing over wholly unnecessary levels of documentation and qualification that provide no additional FDA or business value.
    Quality and Compliance team runs completely unchecked. Nothing gets done without their approval, which completely cripples innovation.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Ok

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked for a good manager and good team.

    Cons

    There are too many changes in the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Visibility, responsibility to lead team.

    Cons

    HR process are suffocating overall.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interned in Channel Management - Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Channel Management in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Channel Management in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful office culture, very friendly people willing to help. Exhaustive HR benefits for full-time employees.

    Cons

    Due to the size of the company, procedures tend to slow work down.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Novartis is an excellent place to work.

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Scientist

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good pay rate, access to CME's and additional training, great team environment, flexible hours

    Cons

    Contracts are too short and are not extending immediately. Unstable working there as a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make longer term contract positions because learning curver at any company is at least six months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very good company with overall good European style benefits package in the USA!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Suffern, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Suffern, NY

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

    Pros

    Very stable corporation with overall good benefits, stable work, good salary, health - dental -vision insurance, and much more.....

    Cons

    Middle level management based on location does not have vision and only looks for short term benefits and achievements. Professionally trying to implement diversity and inclusion, however could not implement based on EOE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw away bureaucracy, nepotism and favoritism. Learn to identify and recognise real performers who are in the workforce at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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