Novartis Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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Pros
  • The benefits are good, but in practice work life balance occurs only to the operational level (in 19 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment that encourages personal and professional growth (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit (in 15 reviews)

  • People loosing focus on business due to senior management style (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Exciting and interesting workplace

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Novartis as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a really nice work environment here. Everybody is really nice, the space is full of natural light, the cafe serves good food. Having flex-time is really valuable, especially for people with long commutes or non-traditional schedules.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, while they offer great benefits to their permanent employees, many of these don't extend to the contract workers. Also there has been a lot of reorganizing of departments lately that has resulted in really great long-time workers losing their jobs when the company probably could have fit them into the new structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Filter your company-wide e-mails by audience. It's a bit demoralizing to get an e-mail about how our great bonuses are being calculated, when you're not someone who gets a bonus. Also offer pay to workers who can't work during a site closure, such as the ones we had due to the snow days this winter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Inspiratal company with great work life balance, but easy to get lost

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    Current Employee - Communications Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Communications Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Excellent Work Life Balance
    Incredible benefits and company advantages
    Great corporate experience
    Always fly you first class

    Cons

    As with most large companies there is a gulf between what companies say they do, and what the actually do do.
    Trouble developing people
    Loses focus on what your next career path should be
    Lots of unnecessary procedures
    Small budget, yet high expectations
    Confused definition of "empowerment"
    HR acts like they are there to help you, but more times it feels like they are against you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. contract positions

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Novartis as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very nice work environment and lots of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Contract position is sucks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Novartis is the market leader in pharmaceutical industry and dedicated for pipeline development which is very essential.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Novartis offers flexible working scheme which make it easier to balance work and life.

    Cons

    It offers few opportunity to rotate in different function because of relatively higher functional barrier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Novartis is a great company, and I admire its strategy. I suggest that company to accelerate the young talent development and provide more rotation to cultivate their business acumen instead of training them to be a specialist.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Too much red tape, not enough leadership in management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay, bonuses, benefits are nearly paid 90%

    Cons

    Too hard to implement change, management not interested in getting better, too many people are in the wrong positions, not open to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people that implement the work and don't just make decisions in isolation. This has been addressed many times over the past 3 years but still nothing changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good people, great opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some really great people outweigh the negative ones. Great opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Big company, sometimes processes are slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New senior management is doing well

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Good benefits, past failures are catching up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Good employees benetis, flex time

    Cons

    Management needs clear vision, too political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade talent from top to bottom

  9. Horrid- CTMR Oncology global is a terrible place to work. Everyone is replaceable and they don't have any Work life bala

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    flexible depending in team for WFH.

    Cons

    office culture is terrible. 15 hour days are normal but typically 18 hour days plus weekend. Sr. leadership in global oncology runs a top down approach and doesn't want anyone to have input, think or be proactive. any monkey can do the job basically. they don't value employees education, experience - no value added.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, it shouldn't be a dictatorship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Senior Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Great working environment, friendly co-workers, lots of perks.

    Cons

    None cons as of yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, great product. Novartis has a wonderful Swiss culture that allows for everyone to feel as they are an important part of the company.

    Cons

    There really are no cons to Novartis. It is a company that cares about their employees, their patients and their products!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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