Novartis Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Senior Administrative Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis

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

    Pros

    Novartis is a company that still puts employees first. Compared to other health/pharma corporations, it is ahead in keeping longevity and tenure due to many benefits, competitive salary, work life balance and work from home opportunities. Summer programs and health offices on site, Restaurants, credit union, multiple gyms. Great place to work! Culture is definitely one of its kind.Oncology in specific is a great place to advance if you are not an Admin. 80% of the people I work with have moved up in the company on an average of every 2-3 years.

    Cons

    There are not many development opportunities for Administrative Assistant who want to evolve. Workstream is also inconsistent within admins across the company.


  2. Good opportunities for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very successful pharma company with a solid business plan. Think the future is really strong if it continues to follow its business plan.

    Cons

    very political culture. Completely performance driven, but risk averse. If you make a mistake, it will be remembered- even years down the line.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Generally good company, but not the friendliest work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and you get to work with very talented and intelligent individuals.

    Cons

    Long work hours. The work culture is also not the friendliest (people focus upon work, not a social atmosphere). work culture also varies from therapeutic area to line function


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  5. None

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

    I have been working at Novartis

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

    Pros

    Good work campus and work environment

    Cons

    Big outsourcing and downsizing to other countries

    Advice to Management

    Non


  6. leaving the US to save pennies

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Out of Pharmacy in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Out of Pharmacy in New York, NY

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

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

    Pros

    At one time they had a good pipeline, but now with generics, even those under concent decree they are shuttering US manufacturing. Pros are good salaries for those willing to donate thier life to them.

    Cons

    Leaving the United States. Cow towed to the FDA who is allowing a generic under concent decree make Diovan. Essentially the FDA audits the big guys to death or until they leave the US.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the greed. Stop cowtowing to the ACA and the FDA as thier job is to audit the big guys to death and not so much on the smaller guys.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis full-time

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

    Pros

    Good foundation of experienced workers US campus has many amenities that provide time-saving benefits for employees

    Cons

    Politics the worst in my 20+ career Advancement is not based on merit - multi-rater system very biased and subjective Lack of inspirational leaders

    Advice to Management

    None - still very much a boys club - diversity spoken but not displayed at highest levels.


  8. Clinicial Trials Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbertsville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbertsville, PA

    I have been working at Novartis (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work - great benefits and flexibility.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, NJ was to far to drive for me - a 2 1/2 drive.


  9. A challenging yet fair company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Leader in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Leader in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis

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

    Pros

    Fair yet challenging objectives. Strong compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Too many changes and lack of constancy of purpose

    Advice to Management

    Keep leaders in roles longer


  10. Great workplace!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

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

    Pros

    Global exposure to talented scientist, knowledge sharing

    Cons

    longer commute times, non-flexible work hours

    Advice to Management

    provide opportunities for flexible work hours


  11. Helpful (1)

    Oncology Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Oncology Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Senior Oncology Sales Specialist

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

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

    Pros

    Great organization with a lot of opportunities for those who want it. The total compensation package is impressive.

    Cons

    Oncology sales specialist salaries do not compare to the industry standard. Benchmarking results are incorrect. Leadership will not adjust and it has been tough to recruit talent. Additionally, we have lost quality employees due to salary inconsistencies. There is a lot of red tape and management layers and it's difficult to figure out who has decision making power.



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