Novartis Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Good experience, good work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Large company, high profile company

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Long hours and high stress with mediocre raises, but excellent experience.

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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

    Gained valuable experience while working at Novartis.

    Cons

    I worked mainly for the Sandoz Division of Novartis which I've heard is much different from the others, but in any case, it was a culture of high stress, daily emergencies, late nights and weekend work with minimal recognition or appreciation. Lacking in leadership and resources, tend to promote poorly performing employees in order to move them out of departments. Novartis management and oversight lacked heavily over the Sandoz Division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and hire the appropriate amount of people or your best employees will continue to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Working for Novartis as a contractor

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    Former Contractor - Analytical Scientist in Lincoln, NE
    Former Contractor - Analytical Scientist in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, well managed, opportunity to learn, good work/life balance, stimulating work, opportunity to get lots of great hands on experience, able to apply theory in practice

    Cons

    As a contractor there was little chance to get hired on as a full time associate, good if you want a job for just a year or two between going back to grad school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide health care to contract employees. Contractors are treated as equals in the workplace, this is very much appreciated, but salary and benefits for contractors are far below. If you need a contractor for more than a year, then you need a regular associate :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Sales representative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    The pay, products and benefits are solid

    Cons

    Leadership changes are constant. Every new leader then tries to establish a new direction with their stamp on a new a new culture that is never realized. Decisions are erratic and respect for reps is not great. 5 layoffs/re-orgs in last six years...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    What a Mess!!

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Not much, other than getting to use the Alcon campus gym and cafeteria

    Cons

    Shared Service Center is a complete mess. There is no standardization and really low employee moral. Everyone is depressed and always complaining. Open work environment with one small 2 foot cube wall. Since there are no offices, there are a million meetings and conference calls a day. I never knew if I would get laid off the next day due to "Finance Transformation" and "restructuring." They laid off employees left and right from Alcon. Its in a nasty part of Fort Worth in a factory area. No restaurants or shops around, except the various strip clubs and ghetto houses around. They also don't believe in giving good reviews. If you doing amazing, they still refuse to give anything more than a meets expectations review. They have this huge process where all the managers go in a room and calibrate reviews to move them up or down. I only took the job because I was unemployed at the time. About half of the people working there were in the same situation. Personally, Im not that big of a fan of diversity.... Lets just say, they hire their brothas, sistas, and cousins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit laying people off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Great place to work!!

    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, opportunity for growth and personal development, flexible hours

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate office politics at times, beaurocratic, too many layers and conservative approach can feel like you are not making an impact

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    associate director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    good benefit, good company value

    Cons

    limited career growth, limited opportunity for leadership training

  9. bad place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    good benefits , salary and vacation

    Cons

    unhealthy environment, poor and cut throat management

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Great experience as an entry-level Pharmaceutical Rep

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    In-depth training; excellent for entry level pharma rep. I was extremely fortunate to have an OUTSTANDING District Manager who supports her team through and through. Not only a "manager", rather a "leader", "coach". Marketing messaging is clear with ethical documentation.

    Cons

    During my tenure, the work-life balance was not in balance. A lot of administrative duties that were required yet admin "time" was not allowed during the work week. Time-off policies were reasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Clinical research associate

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Novartis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice salary for bio-major candidates

    Cons

    Heavy work load, didn't have good work/life balance

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