Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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Novo Nordisk President and CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen
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Pros
  • Work life balance apply only for lower level jobs (in 21 reviews)

  • Great pay and benefits, nice company cars (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work life balance, a lot is expected while projects constantly change directions (in 13 reviews)

  • It's becoming more like big pharma operationally and strategically (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere
    Great bosses
    Clean working environment
    Great snack bar
    Cool computers

    Cons

    Work can be difficult
    It is long hours
    Not enough pay raises

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers they are your greatest asset and make the company go around. Also please be a little clearer on what is expected of the team

  2. IT Security Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Free bottled drinks. Bathroom amenities (mouthwash, lotion, deodorant)

    Cons

    None. It's hard to come up with something negative to say.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Very Happy!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional work environment, salary is good, bonuses are great, room to advance within the company. Stable company to work for, they are always looking for ways to grow and they are very generous to their people.

    Cons

    Most jobs are shift work, working twelve hours. Most of the time you have to start working at nights just to get in the door. Some times they will put a freeze on moving from job to job depending on the resources.

    Advice to Management

    The management is very well coached and they work very hard. I really have no advice to give management except to keep up the good work.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Changing workplace

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    Current Employee - Director in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Plainsboro, NJ

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Salary and benefits
    Generous time off structure

    Cons

    Leadership changes have taken focus off of the employee and only on cost cutting measures
    Company has changed due to inlfux of incompetent leadership that have been fired from other big pharma companies.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on what works and look to secure the future through good solid business decisions. Avoid the big pharma traps by looking outside of pharma for new ideas.

  6. senior research associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    big pharma issues, bad severance package

  7. Institutional Diabetes Care Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, great people, good benefits and pay

    Cons

    Large territories, limited growth if you don't want to go into field sales management or move to NJ to work corporate based positions

    Advice to Management

    Expand the career tree. It's very limited for those that do not want to go into field sales management

  8. Great Company and Great People!

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization really focuses on their people, good opportunities to rotate within different departments, management has open door policy. The VP of the department knows everyone by their names, overall a very good company to work for.

    Cons

    They have high expectations for their employees and they expect everyone to be a quick learner

    Advice to Management

    Understand the need of your employees and guide employees and provide direction on their career growth.

  9. Previously great company falling into same pitfalls of historical big pharma. Growing too fast. Bloated. No strat plan.

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    Former Employee - Commercial Effectiveness in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Commercial Effectiveness in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    401K Match, Company cars, Company meetings are always tasteful and luxurious.

    Cons

    Career advancement is difficult as upper management is entrenched. Poor human resources and legal team processes.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Don't grow the amount of people but pay your good people appropriately to deliver they key priorities. Don't start nickel and dime your employees.

  10. Sales side of the business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, bonuses, holiday gifts, paid week off during holidays

    Cons

    Turning into big pharma, metric driven and micro managed. Tightening the rope more every so often. Recently there's little opportunity for promotion, people leaving in flocks with no direction on filling the positions.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the old mantra, work hard and play hard. Stop creating metrics that do nothing to further the business along.

  11. Good company with opportunity to learn

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior CRA in Plainsboro Center, NJ

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, great to work for for someone looking to work in a friendly environment.

    Cons

    Narrow therapeutic pipeline, some nepotism, promotions not always to most talented and complacent leadership

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent about growth opportunities and don't mislead.

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