Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
490 Reviews
3.5
490 Reviews
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
André Wyss
120 Ratings

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.  

    Large pharma that tries to stay nimble.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Diverse workforce. Lots of support functions. Numerous perks (on site gym, matching funds for charitry, on-site restauarants, conmpany store, discounts on personal cell phone servcei etc).

    Cons

    Too many managers who think that "I am senior and therefore smarter." Extremely bureacratic. Very easy to become pigeon-holed. Meidical benefits have become progressively weaker-at one time they were great and now they are barely adequate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Closer oversight of mid-level managers. Tere are too many that seek to advance themselves on the backs of their subordinates, leading to discontent in the trenches.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Upper management's fantasy world allows them to believe they've reinvented the wheel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Neuro Psych Specialist  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Neuro Psych Specialist in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Direct report management was great

    Cons

    The upper management is either in denial or smoking something

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to "the front lines!" ((Sadly, this will never happen, rather it's easier to stay quiet, check Facebook & collect an unreasonably high salary to look busy while making no difference whatsoever. Thank God for R & D!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Sales Consultant for 26 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Challenging Electrical Engineering Assignments

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Very Favorable experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Committed to R&D spending above peer companies
    Diverse portfolio of industry leading products
    Hire bright people with good values
    Invest in the development of talent
    Beautiful campus

    Cons

    Significant downsizing in field sales, research in recent years
    Heavy workload for many

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    11 years experience generally happy with company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Consultant  in  Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Consultant in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good managers, reasonable sales goals, manageable territories

    Cons

    poor product pipeline for the future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue with an business ownership mentality

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Executive Sales consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Consultant
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Consultant

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Products that help humanity. Excellent effort ($) put into R&D. The people care and work hard, Diverse portfolio of subdivisions: Brand Pharma, Vaccine, OTC, etc. Let's face it--we need pharma to innovate so we can all live better, healthier lives. Unfortunately, there are strong cultural forces that deny or oppose that idea. This company is trying to walk the tightrope between political correctness and profitability,

    Cons

    In the Brand divisions several important patents have expired. FDA taking tougher stance on new approvals has made promising pipeline products get denied or require more study. Legislation has taken an industry that was recessing and added to the hurt. Healthcare dollars are moving from patient care to bureaucratic payroll. We are paying people to say "no."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovation made you. Innovation will turn this around. Nobody can deny the value of Pharma once their life was spared or renewed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good process orienteted company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Consultant in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good company, good growth, good opportunities.

    Cons

    Hiring and firing policies,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Changing Industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Consultant  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Consultant in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    A great company over the years

    Cons

    Limited pipeline and products in primary care

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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