Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
521 Reviews
3.5
521 Reviews
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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132 Ratings

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.  

    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 (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
  2.  

    Capital Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I consider Novartis to be one of the best companies to work for in terms of salary, work life balance, diversity and inclusion, benefits and continuous learning. In terms of people, I would say that it depends on who you are matched with (department, peers, superiors, Subordinates, etc). I had an excellent experience during my eight year tenure because I was paired with a great group of peers, superiors, subordinates, contractors, and vendors.

    Cons

    As in most companies, your career path may not progress as fast as you would like it to. As a result, you may have to make the difficult decision to leave. Also, do to the nature of the business, "layoff", similar to rain, is a natural occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Management is to keep making the company profitable for shareholders because there is absolutely nothing you can do to satisfy every employees' needs encompassing personal growth, office culture and training. As with most companies, personal growth is up to the discretion of the respective employees. Novartis spends millions per year trying to maintain an office culture that is inclusive and accepting. Albeit, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the countless hours you spend on internal trainings (compliance, job specific, diversity & inclusion, etc).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is nice working with talented and nice people, you can learn and achieve a lot there.

    Cons

    The company reorganizes too frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    My ten years with Novartis has provided me with wonderful opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Vacaville, CA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and great work life balance. They supported my executive MBA program and there is tuition reimbursement. Flat organization allows many go-getters to really excel by taking ownership and adding value to the organization.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the business strategy did not support new products coming to our site.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    district manager

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    401k is good and stock has produced

    Cons

    changes made in upper management set the whole place on fire. toxic enviornment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect the opinions of managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Good overall experience, even with constant leadership change

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    Former Employee - HEOR
    Former Employee - HEOR

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Research focused, Good portfolio, Good team

    Cons

    Top heavy and too focused on development and moving people around
    Short sighted strategic goals (changed like the wind)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The company has a strong commitment to helping patients.

    Cons

    Currently, undergoing significant organizational change

    Recommends
  10.  

    Great company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated, decent colleagues. Flexible workplace in Gen Meds. Progressive, global mindset.

    Cons

    Experienced/senior team burdened with tasks/responsibilities that could be delegated. Not enough entry-level roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing entire line functions has resulted in loss of key in-house expertise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent time off, summer hours, opportunity for growth, friendly staff, company store, team building activities, excellent training

    Cons

    Mostly contracted work, very difficult to get a staff job, not a lot of job security as a contractor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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