Novartis Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Currently there is a lot of change in the company. You must be adept to change to enjoy the current culture at Novartis

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Information Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Information Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is a solid company and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    For the next few years, the change will continue. There is a lot of pressure to get changes completed in a timeframe.

    Advice to Management

    Give the employees who are putting in the extra hours a reason to continue to go above and beyond.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Excellent!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ

    Pros

    Environment is dynamic, everyone is friendly, people are willing to help each other with anything.

    Cons

    Each employee personalizes their own schedule so it is sometimes difficult to get in touch with them.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Restructure

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. Innovative company but very bottom line oriented.

    Cons

    Continual change in leadership and upper management

    Advice to Management

    Difficult to state due to lack of consistency.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Former maintenance technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent 401K and plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Not enough resources, running too lean, pay too low.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay to avoid losing quality employees


  6. Scientific Associate II

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work and nice people.

    Cons

    Short-term contract need to have long-term project.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Good experience, good work-life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, high profile company

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in here

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sales representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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...


  10. Helpful (1)

    What a Mess!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Quit laying people off


  11. 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



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