Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Director

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    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, growing and professional

    Cons

    Corporate centric and conservative. Loosing the Swiss culture with American. CIO

    Advice to Management

    De centralize some key decisions

  2. Good

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    Former Employee - Global Trial Leader in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Global Trial Leader in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement

    Cons

    Lowest salaries amongst competing companies

  3. Intern experience with Novartis

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    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA

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

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

    Pros

    People here are really nice and fun to work with. They are all knowledgeable and supportive.

    Cons

    Can be very busy sometimes.

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  5. My overall experience with Novartis was positive.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Novartis is well managed financially and attracts good talent.

    Cons

    Novartis had too many reorganizations and did not value career development. Culture lacked transparency.

  6. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None. I had a great experience

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. Mostly positive, very similar to other big companies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

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

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

    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 Management

    Not sure it would help.

  9. Good people, overseas management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.

  10. General Medicine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, pods, samples, meetings training

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Large budgets, samples, pods, training

  11. No RESPECT!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 Management

    Way too much politics and playing favorites.

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