Novartis Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
243 Reviews

3.4
243 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
115 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it (in 14 reviews)

  • Great products, challenging environment, good pay and benefits (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit (in 11 reviews)

  • People loosing focus on business due to senior management style (in 6 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Marketing and Sales analyst

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

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Really dynamic, lots of projects and challenges

    Cons

    Depend on which country you are, but personal evolution is really low (verify if there is growth in your country, if not structure don't move). There is good salary, but really stable over the years. Management is really based and focus on financial aspects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Key Account Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Regional Key Account Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Because it is such a diverse organization there are several areas for career growth.

    Cons

    Poor planning. Many lay offs. Too conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase your financial investment in strategic planning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Working there as a contract employee. In my department, we are treated the same as the Novartis employees. There are ample opportunities to learn and expand your skill sets. Everyone in my group is very supportive and is willing to help/train each other. We all work together well as a team. The department morale is good and very fortunate to work with a great group of people. Excellent learning experience and being new to the role, I was paired up with a mentor while I learned on the job vs. being thrown work with no guidance or instruction.

    Cons

    At this time there are no permanent openings in my department and no plans for backfill if someone leaves. Keeping an eye out for other permanent job opportunities within the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Overall Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Solid benefits packages, awards etc., phase II/III pipeline products

    Cons

    inability of Senior Leadership to properly forecast inorganic growth and new product approvals, which has led to the displacement of close to 3000 representatives across several divisions over the past 4/5 years.

  6.  

    Contractor - Learning Management Systems Administrator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Management Systems Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Learning Management Systems Associate in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    There are ton's of interesting events going on all of the time. Each month they hold a big Fiesta for the employees with more food than you can imagine. Also they have discussion forums and open events for employees to learn more about the science Novartis is working on.

    Cons

    It is a big company, you can get lost in the shuffle. I have been a contractor for over a year and a half.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good people, future in doubt

    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    pay, benefits, people, environment, safety

    Cons

    red tape, low product base, systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    operator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production  in  Humacao, PR
    Current Employee - Production in Humacao, PR

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

    Pros

    i work because i need the job experience

    Cons

    FDA training,GMP training, safety training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Uncertain future for site.

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work. Better managers are no longer with the site. But then neither are most of the terrible ones that triggered the decline. Jury is still out on the new recruits.

    Cons

    Site is not viable long term. High overhead, drastically reduced product portfolio. Reduced volumes. For a site of this size, no volume = no long term future. Anyone good still left is likely hanging on to false hope that the site will survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is beyond advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good company to grow your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years

    Pros

    Great purpose to care and cure patients, high corporate code of conduct and social responsibility, smart and talented people, friendly and open culture

    Cons

    Still fragmented Divisions limit the benefits of leveraging one another, global yet does not centralize which leads to complexity and very difficult to move talent across Divisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good

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

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    it was a good opportunity

    Cons

    i had very heavy workload.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for Novartis? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.