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Novartis Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
236 Reviews

3.4
236 Reviews
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    More focused on the buddy system than operations

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II  in  Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate II in Holly Springs, NC

    Pros

    It is better to work here than to be unemployed

    Cons

    low pay for the amount of work that is done, too much inexperience,focused on favoritism instead of operations, poor management, sacrifices quality for quantity,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your people, fix the problems instead of putting a bandage on it, focus on quality instead of quantity, stop the favoritism, pay should match the amount of work that is done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Novartis does not reward or acknowledge performers.....

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant

    Pros

    If you are a Diversity hire or employee....your future is bright.

    Cons

    If you are a white male high proven performer....you will be passed up 90% of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your performers and stop promoting and hiring people because your worried about another lawsuit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company. What do you expect?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    New technology, cutting edge. Get to work on a lot of interesting programs and projects. Am able to go to trainings whenever I need to. Great people. Everyone is very motivated.

    Cons

    Corporate structure is overbearing at times. Tons of red tape. Lots of moments of asking yourself if upper management really cares about us or if we're all just numbers on an excel sheet in basel (which we are).

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pros

    Great benefits package, clean work environment, sustainable growth opportunities, low turnover.

    Cons

    Can be tough to promote or move forward with the company locally, low turnover makes it fairly difficult to advance, when they do promote its usually from outside of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more effort to share knowledge and to offer opportunities to take chances to those below you.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long time career over 10 years.

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    Former Employee - Account Management
    Former Employee - Account Management

    Pros

    Great pipeline. Lots of opportunity if you are willing to move.

    Cons

    Big Pharma. Very political. It's not what you know, it is who you know and who likes you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    No regard for years of service

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    Great products, challenging environment, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Political, little opportunity for advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Positive experience as Scientific Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Challenging work environment that encourages personal and professional growth. Collaborative culture and supportive network.

    Cons

    Commute into Cambridge can be difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good benefits, training available if supported by manager

    Cons

    Constant change in management and processes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much time spent on firefighting and damage control. Lack the time for creativity and change. Too much time spent on review process without a return for employee developemnt

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    worked at Novartis consumer health division

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    excellent benefits, good name recognition

    Cons

    uncertainty as division is the worst performer across all divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NCH needs leaders to battle the quality storm

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very serious and uptight. Good science, big egos.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist I  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Salary is good. Resources are good. Bright minds for discussing ideas.

    Cons

    Can be slow to change. Management is extremely top down, and has too many layers. Roles are very rigid, difficult to get exposure to areas outside of individual specialty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees at all levels- ideas don't always have to come from the top!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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