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.  

    sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    some good products, flexible with time

    Cons

    corporate does not get it.

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    Wary of working for Big Pharma

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Pay, flexible work schedule and benefits

    Cons

    career development, management and culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Great people, good leadership, products and good work life balance!

    Cons

    Large pharmaceutical corporation. A lot of change within the organization past few years.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Tough place to work, though you'll make good coin and learn loads along the way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere. An excellent training ground.
    Good opportunity to have a positive impact on the business while growing your skills in a tough, fast-paced environment.
    If you have strong advocates, your career will take flight.

    Cons

    They'll work you to the bone without a promise of commensurate rewards or job stability; this place is not for the faint of heart. Senior leadership has lots of room for improvement, particularly in terms of driving a clear business strategy versus trying to be perfect at everything. Finance calls the shots; very little external/patient/customer orientation despite the way we brand ourselves and the external accolades we earn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Management should listen more to their employees.

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    Current Employee - Medical Advisor  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of perks, a lot of flexibility to work remotely and in regards to schedule.

    Cons

    There is a huge lack of communication and cooperation between different functions and between management and employees. There is little openness to challenge of ideas and subject matter experts are usually disregarded. People work in silos, and the organization is hugely political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider listening to your people more, you have a lot of very experienced knowledgable people that can contribute greatly to the business. People are passionate and feel valor ate when they are listened to and considered. Additionally, try to on board people better, a lot of teams, people is thrown to a position with no guidance what so ever and sometimes with not very welcoming teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and very good senior leadership. Great Diversity programs and policies and treats employees fairly and with respect.

    Cons

    Difficult to gain new positions in other departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on your excellent financial control and policies but encourage new innovative thinking to develop new marketplaces.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    happy where I am

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    Current Employee - Senior Global Trial Leader  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Global Trial Leader in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    good company with good benefits

    Cons

    constant re-organization and shifting of jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and team members are awesome. I worked alongside really smart people. Great compensation package and a lot of career advancement training

    Cons

    Very structured with little room for innovation and outside of the box thinking. There isn't much room for mobility. Merit increases are low compared to industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove bureaucracies and red bottlenecks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sales Consultant for 26 years

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    Former Employee - Executive Sales Consultant  in  Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Executive Sales Consultant in Fort Myers, FL

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Helps to provide stable future for family through comprehensive benefits and competitive compensation.

    Cons

    4 massive layoffs in 6 years just in the field. O theirs took place in manufacturing plants and home office. Company had some bad breaks for a few years and there is really nothing left for the company to have a need for a primary care sales force. Diversification is the only reason the company survived.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constant changing of territories and disruption of Dr/Rep relationships hurt business. Also, there needs to be a way that when product portfolio selling is given to the field, management has a way to tweak percentages if there is an atypical situation in that territory. It should, of course, have to be passed up the line of management to the brand teams for approval along with an explanation explaining the need to change it. This would help keep it fair for everyone, and while the company would maintain control over the decision, allow input from the field on extenuating circumstances.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging Electrical Engineering Assignments

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    Former Employee - Project Manager (Electrical Engineer)  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager (Electrical Engineer) in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, good pay, reasonable expectations.

    Cons

    Lack of long term commitment to employees. Contract assignment was relatively brief due to changing management plans. Lack of coordination and cooperation between former Sandoz and Ciba Geigy dominated groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate the corporate cultures from the two former separate corporate entities. A clash of cultures and personalities between these groups hinders the most effective use of human resources and affects the bottom line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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