Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
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  1. Great people

    Former Contractor - Anonymous
    Former Contractor - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    There are some really motivated and inspiring people working here who really do want to do a good job and are prepared to work hard.

    Cons

    Some of the systems and processes could do with revision - they get in the way of being able to work as effectively as you might like to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting a better work life balance for people.

  2. A great run company with many benefits for employees. Great atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    Tons of resources, room to grow, contribute, and learn. Work with very smart and impressive people. Campus in East Hanover NJ is beautiful.

    Cons

    Corporate structure can be hard to get used too, a lot of rules, but this is normal for a pharma company in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider benefits that will attract young intelligent professionals who want to work in the industry but don't necessarily want to live in New Jersey.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Inspirational company but with some giant egos hindering progress

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Frimley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Frimley, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    For the majority of my time there I loved going to work. I worked on projects within several areas of the UK organisation, and with the leadership team, which gave me quite an honest insight to 'how things are'. Overall, this is an aspirational company with some truly talented individuals and an inspirational portfolio and pipeline. Their development programme is excellent - tough, but bursting with exciting opportunity if you want to carve a career.

    Cons

    One negative result of the development programme, and a general cultural shift in recent times, is that some leaders are focussed primarily on their own career path, to the detriment of progress and good business practices. It can also be quite political which directly impacts the progression of brilliant ideas when middle-managers choose not to back something for bureacratic reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let mediocre leadership qualities and patchy middle management spoil this amazing company.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. I was a very successful area sales manager Brilliant time

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

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

    Pros

    Constant encouraging atmosphere, good rewards for success,

    Cons

    As always, a few losers who complain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work,,encourage again and again

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Horsham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Horsham, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Apprenticeship scheme provided valuable experience while paying for degree.

    Cons

    Lack of job security in UK

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just drop the top talent

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Novartis Pharmaceuticals internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    - The headquarters (in Basel) has quite a lot of networking events - with good food!
    - The main campus is impressive with really great architecture
    - Most jobs have pretty flexible working hours - you don't have to start and end the day at a specific time (clock-in system)

    Cons

    - Perhaps due to the size of the company, it can be quite disorganised - often you would have trouble finding the right department to help you with certain issues

  8. Awesome place to work in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CPM in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CPM in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nice people, massive pipeline - amazing

    Cons

    long hours a lot of work to do

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    They put far too much on you with extra roster shifts when they choose,they don't care about their workforce

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Perks such as Pension and Shares

    Cons

    Poor management who treat there people with no respect,corrupt promotion system,long hours and shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your personnel with respect,stop grinding them into the ground with 5 on 3 off 12hr shifts,look at your management as they don't treat people fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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