Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGER

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Visibility, responsibility to lead team.

    Cons

    HR process are suffocating overall.


  2. Sink of swim....you are totally on your own

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Director in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation...they pay well but you earn every penny and then some.

    Cons

    You are just a number....and the infrastructure stinks. For a big company, the process and systems is the worst I have ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your people....they are the company.


  3. Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked for a good manager and good team.

    Cons

    There are too many changes in the organization.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Brutal, vicious place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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?


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, interesting work

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for up and comers.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for advancement


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Toxic IT environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary & benefits OK, but not keeping pace with industry. Continuous downsizing.

    Cons

    Jobs being shed and outsourced, but individual responsibilities continuously increased. Non-technical managers making bad technical decisions. No accountability at top. Weak management of offshore vendors. You are a commodity and constantly reminded of it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop covering up your mistakes. Admit them, learn from them and improve you processes. Let the technical folks (who have hands-on experience) weigh in for better decision support.


  9. Many interesting years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a diverse environment, where you meet people from different countries and learn how they perceive the work environment. Novartis has a competitive atmosphere, making you strive to be the best you can be. It offers many opportunities that can help you grow in your career. I worked 24 years there and I wish I could have worked at least 15 more.

    Cons

    As with many other pharmaceutical companies, you feel your job is at jeopardy because of the contant restructuring due to patent losses and outsourcing to contract manufacturing, R&D and moving whole departments to other countries with cheaper labor or less regulation, like China. Raises were getting lower or none at all in the last few years. Promotions were many times based on who you know, not what you know, which can severely damage the competitive future of any company, by placing incompetent people in critical positions and creating a hostile or un satisfying environment. The personnel review process was based on forced distribution, or bell curve. Therefore, they had to "punish" some for that sake.

    Advice to Management

    Management should concentrate more on the practical side of the company and less on theoretical training that just leads to waste of resources and time. Give credit where credit is due. Use your position wisely and recognize the real talent surrounding you and promote and reward accordingly.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Novartis is all about cutting costs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Huntington, WV
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Huntington, WV

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent insurance and 401k and most co-workers are nice and professional

    Cons

    Low pay and little chance to advance if you are an hourly employee. Chaotic environment from lack of communication.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid favoritism. Follow through on employee suggestions or problems. Above all be honest.


  11. Sales rep

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good money and good benefits

    Cons

    Poor leadership as everyone is just a number



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