Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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  1.  

    Awesome

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    Current Intern - Intern in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Intern - Intern in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great People, Friendly and helpful. Loads of knowledge to gain from the experienced people

    Cons

    None. I had a great experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Impressive to investors but not always to workers

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    Former Contractor - Contractor, Marketing in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Contractor - Contractor, Marketing in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Exciting pipeline. There's also the desire to be innovative and try out new approaches even if they're not being used elsewhere in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Cons

    Broken processes. Too much time in the marketing area is spent in ensuring compliance with FDA regulations. I think smarter processes can result not only in a high level of compliance but also in more time to do the core parts of the job. Also, rolling layoffs introduce constant uncertainty into the workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See how much time your people are wasting on bureaucratic tasks and improve processes to address the situation. Also, pick an organizational structure and stay with it for awhile.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Mostly positive, very similar to other big companies

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for development if you are the driver of it. Very good benefits. Still some good people at the company.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, structured. Two components to performance management. 2 ways: Objective (sales results) and Competencies (Values & Behaviors) Almost impossible to exceed competency expectations. Not enough internal support anymore, and what is there is mostly outsourced. Lots of leadership changes. Most of the senior leaders have no experience as a rep/manager/director

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure it would help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    General Medicine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, pods, samples, meetings training

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Large budgets, samples, pods, training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good people, overseas management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Largest pharma company on the globe
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Swiss ownership/micro-management of domestic domestic site is overbearing
    Houra can be a little rough during production campaigns.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    No RESPECT!

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid company, excellent benefits, strong base salary, job security.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth. Be prepared to be thrown under the bus and your work constantly questioned by the upper levels of Clinical Operations. Oh, and be prepared to do nothing but work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way too much politics and playing favorites.

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Working at Novartis was a very positive experience

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Vacaville, CA
    Former Contractor - 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    My ten years with Novartis has provided me with wonderful opportunities

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    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

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