Novartis Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Too much red tape, not enough leadership in management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good people, great opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Big company, sometimes processes are slow

    Advice to Management

    New senior management is doing well

  3. Good benefits, past failures are catching up

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 Management

    Upgrade talent from top to bottom

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

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

    I have been working at Novartis

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

    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 Management

    Wake up, it shouldn't be a dictatorship.

  6. Senior Administrative Assistant

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

    I worked at Novartis

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    None cons as of yet.

  7. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    Keep up the great work!

  8. Senior Specialty Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Novartis Ha a fairly good pipeline

    Cons

    They treat their sales people poorly

  9. Helpful (1)

    It was fun

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Vacaville, CA

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    When we were busy, we were busy. Company was very lean which forced everyone to learn all the jobs. QA, QC, investigate deviations, write up deviations as well as perform duties as an associate.

    Cons

    Company sold our division but did a good job of keeping the news under wraps. When we were notified we were going to be laid off several people were shocked. The new company is closing the doors this march 2015 and laying off the remaining employees.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the severance and good luck going forward.

  10. Great environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

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

    Pros

    Smart motivated people who love to be engaged in group discussions

    Cons

    Sometimes an artificial sense of pressure and stress

    Advice to Management

    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

  11. Sales Mgr

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Novartis

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

    Pros

    HUGE Company with amazing resources & oportunity.
    Good current products & great pipeline
    A LOT (lot, lot) meetings. The are extremely helpful and many decisions are made. Many Key forms, spreadsheets & reports are created to help guide the reps.

    Cons

    The yearly performance review fiom is HUGE &confusing-&was called absolute ridiculousness by the author of "The One Minute Manager"Ken Blanchard- who was our keynote speaker.
    He also said that cutting the Bottom 20% of your sales force every year has idiocy. We managers gave him a standing ovation. .. and he was never seen or heard from again.
    The administration load is so extreme that rep are more concerned with checking boxes on the spreadsheet them selling---crazy, absolute cra cra.
    If you are good at admin, email, creative writing, excel (most imp. thing a Mgr gotta know-says my VP) ppt, and politocs- you sir/madam will make a great manager! Forget selling/trainimg/coaching- focus on covering your 6.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drastically cut the sales force- you still have 3 times to many
    focus on true selling skills & training. (Remember how much a disaster "Drop Everything & Sell" was? It produced More admin!!)
    Treat ALL teams wIth respect- even mass market teams.

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