Novo Nordisk

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Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
191 Reviews
3.7
191 Reviews
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Novo Nordisk President and CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Maintenance Technician in Clayton, NC
    Current Employee - Process Maintenance Technician in Clayton, NC

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits and great work environment.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts for asceptic production can be a con at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company, culture, pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    I really enjoy working at my company , the culture and people makes its a great place to work

    Cons

    current advancement opportunities are scarce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do not have to micro manage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but becoming big Pharma quickly.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good product pipeline. Good benefits. Never done mass-layoffs.

    Cons

    Culture has changed over the years as the number of employees has grown. Call data metrics highly scrutinized. Sales numbers, as with all Pharma, highly unreliable and inaccurate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not lose sight of culture as company grows. Please do not over saturate market with additional reps. Focus on new products and cost/managed care coverage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Racial discrimination at the management level.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    Great products. Great salaries. Growth of the company.

    Cons

    Majority of the African American District Managers were put on performance review plans or fired without warning in 2009-2010. They hired approx 20 AA District Sales Managers in 2007/2008. Prior to that there were only a handful out of 500. There was a Black female head of sales that created the diversity during a massive expansion in 2007. She left "under amicable terms" two years later and within 8 months, the majority of the District Managers that were hired with stellar performances prior to coming to Novo Nordisk were suddenly put on PIP'S for minor reasons, fired without warning, or passed over for promotions. Five Managers went out on leave of absence due to the stress and are no longer with the company. Approx 6 were fired for minor reasons (a few over the phone), a couple managers quit on their own due to stress and pressure and a couple of them remained but we're not happy. All of this occurred within one year after the US Vice President of Sales left the company. The National EEOC was involved in addition to various lawyers which gave some managers severance (despite the company was NOT downsizing) with the requirement that they had to sign a gag order forbidding them from filing a lawsuit. Approx 95% of the African American Managers that went through this yearlong ordeal of being singled out, we're originally recruited from larger Pharmaceutical companies like Abbott, Merck, and Pfizer. The accomplishments and successes the managers had were no comparison to the lack of experience many of their Novo Nordisk colleagues that were promoted internally had. NONE of the 18+ managers that were negatively affected are in pharmaceuticals any longer and have chosen different career paths due to this terrible ordeal. I do not recommend this company for African Americans who are looking for advanced Sales Management careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a more stringent process and full investigation into the discriminatory practices of higher management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Contractor Interactive Director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novo Nordisk as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work with.

    Cons

    No cons, i was an external contractor.

  7.  

    excellent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    working life balance, good package, encouraging atomospher,

    Cons

    no cost control, too laidback

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ni

  8.  

    OK as a contingent worker

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in and people are great. When work is involved you are a peer and treated as such.

    Cons

    When work is NOT involved you are treated like someone on the bottom of the food chain. Contingents do not get regular cubes as their "peers", they aren't invited to team functions and sometimes just outwardly ignored. I'm sure that isn't the case for all departments but the one I worked in it sure was. Not to say the people weren't great - it was the "policies" that required that separation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At the end of the day, everyone is working to make the company better - contingent or not - and they should be treated kindly and valued.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DCS in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - DCS in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, flexibility, work life balance, and culture.

    Cons

    Saturated diabetes market, shaky product pipeline, lack of market adaptivness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in R&D.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, not so great management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Specialty
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Specialty

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company culture and benefits are awesome.
    Strong products and pipeline.
    Overall great co-workers.

    Cons

    Too many reps per territory
    Some managers will move up the ladder at all costs, Mainly the reps that work for them.
    Becoming too much like big pharma.
    It's all about the metrics now.
    Lot's of politics and back stabbing.
    Too much focus on meaningless metrics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are becoming too much like big pharma. Just because an individual is a great sales rep doesn't mean they will be a great manager. Some are horrible managers that don't have your back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Was once great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Support Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Regional Support Manager in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, (now reduced) company car, nice colleagues

    Cons

    Changes- It is not what "it used to be" due to new executives, decreased sales and healthcare reform.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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