Novartis Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
244 Reviews
3.4
244 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it (in 16 reviews)

  • Very open work environment, respect for work hours (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit (in 14 reviews)

  • No work life balance, sometimes like high school all over again (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Novartis = bean counters in charge

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Did not see any pro's

    Cons

    Company morale was simply destroyed, decent leadership was just not present, new managers seem inept, the whole approach was one of cost cutting above all. Talent, seniority, respect on any level was tossed out the window. Layoffs and worker approach was cost based only, your skill or value was ignored, this company has zero respect for engineering or technical anything, makes sense why big pharma is hurting. I would avoid this nameplate totally, they are in the process of destroying Alcon in Irvine, pre-Novartis, that company was a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and get out of the surgical world, sell out and take your cash, you don't belong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company Great People Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Personnel is genuinely valued. Work/life balance is truly brought to life. People development is extremely valued here. Culture is highly collaborative. Compensation is competitive. Benefits are first class. If your in the right department and on the right team, the term "Team Work" finds its meaning.

    Cons

    If you're not in the right department or on the wrong team, the environment can be extremely competitive and passive aggressive. Interdepartmental tasks can feel segmented. Opportunities can be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure challenges and growth in responsibilities go hand in hand with compensation if there is no position to 'grow into' after a few years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If something is too good to be true, it is.

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

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

    Pros

    Satisfying work if you get the position you want, good pay, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Nepotism runs rampant. The person who trained me got me replaced without warning for her husband who now works in the same lab as her. They will tell you anything to keep you around long enough to suck the last bit of happiness from you before they discard you for an over-qualified family member. Too many meetings where nothing ever gets accomplished. Everyone with anything higher than a Bachelor's degree walks around thinking they are the next Einstein, all while getting paid to sit at their computer and watch That 70s Show on Netflix all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You work at Pfizer's ugly cousin...put your feet on the ground, you aren't god. Keep people who do a good job around, don't promise people's family members a job and replace competent workers for it. Have a meeting that actually produces something for once. Stop letting everyone "work from home" and then complain when things in the lab don't get done. In short, do your job the right way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    too much politics, can't get things done

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    good work life balance, pays well

    Cons

    managers are not here for patients, but for climbing corporate ladder

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rigid organization

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    Current Employee - Director  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Compensation is reasonable and benefits are good. Novartis is a company with global reach with resources for global projects.

    Cons

    There are many layers of redundant people and many without a lot to do. It can be difficult to move projects forward because of the bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much of middle level management hardly works. Consider reducing the use of HR in talent planning. Focus on the productivity of staff. The company is paying for a lot of corporate deadwood in East Hanover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Novartis....used to be better....just ok now.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Bonus and Stock if you are in Oncology. Other areas have been up and down, which can effect your bonus.

    Cons

    Runs very lean, a lot of travel, high pressure, long hours everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at Novartis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great budget with very smart people working on interesting problems. Fun office culture.

    Cons

    The office itself wasn't all that nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Hopeless

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    Current Employee - VSS  in  Marion, IL
    Current Employee - VSS in Marion, IL

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

    Pros

    Was a new start for something

    Cons

    Sold to Gsk and project over

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's all about the money

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    Current Employee - Scientist I  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Emeryville, CA

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

    Pros

    Good track record of bringing therapy to patients

    Cons

    The bottom line is the money being made for novarits, Basel and the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research is important to innovation. Laying off the cancer researchers in Emeryville is short sighted and will results in significant delays to patient care. Potential life saving therapies will be delayed or halted for lack of hands and poor planning for transitioning to Cambridge. Consider putting the priority on patient care and employee welfare rather than site upgrading or huge profit margins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities exist to move around but you have to work to find it. Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it.

    Cons

    A lot of changes every few years. Restructuring can be difficult and create uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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