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Novartis Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
279 Reviews
3.4
279 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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    Novartis AU

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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

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Comapny consolidating hence many job cuts coming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    Great environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart motivated people who love to be engaged in group discussions

    Cons

    Sometimes an artificial sense of pressure and stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that everybody is working hard and don't need to be stressed out in order to give the impression that they care about their work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent!

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    Former Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Environment is dynamic, everyone is friendly, people are willing to help each other with anything.

    Cons

    Each employee personalizes their own schedule so it is sometimes difficult to get in touch with them.

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    Wonderful Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Novartis is as amazing as I read it would be. Going on my third year, and the culture that is practiced in the oncology division, is above standard, Equality and appreciation is always given.

    Cons

    There are only so many growth opportunities for administrative staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Scientific Associate II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Great place to work and nice people.

    Cons

    Short-term contract need to have long-term project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Industry benchmark.

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    Former Employee - Functional Head in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Functional Head in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Professional, fast pace, performance focus, energetic

    Cons

    Workload, hire and fire, up or out, arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Low corporate memory, Global organization with heavy internal focus, heavy emphasize on short term results vs. sustainable business models.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Marketing Internship in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Marketing Internship in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    Lots of benefits and a great work balance

    Cons

    Nothing to say, best employee ever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Excellent company... once you're in

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay, even as an intern.
    Great work life balance.
    As an employee I feel the company and my managers invest in my professional developement.
    Campus provides the perfect working environment

    Cons

    Uncertain environment after big M&A deal, fear of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a development program for young professionals to nurture internal young talent.
    As an intern concluding my internship I find it very tough to find a suitable position to remain with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Huge and ever changing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Commitment of every worker at all levels.
    Possibilities of development are huge.

    Cons

    Huge company means priorities are hard to identify.
    Have a network is mandatory, relationships is the most important thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve change management. There is a Change management champion now, I hope she will bring results in this ever changing company.
    Change is good and at the same time hard to implement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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