Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated July 2, 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 benefits while working full time (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life Balance issue for years (in 13 reviews)

  • Has turned slowly into big pharma and backstabbing mentality (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Diabetes Care Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist in Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at Novo Nordisk (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company, great medicine, good people. A company that truly cares about it's customers and patients.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy and politics.

    Advice to Management

    Screen for better competent district managers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Senior Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Plainsboro, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging work, people development, collaborative environment

    Cons

    no work flexibility to WFH


  3. IT

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

    I worked at Novo Nordisk (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    They treat you right and keep you involved with the team in positive ways.

    Cons

    Questionable employment of some temps


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company

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

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

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

    Pros

    Stellar benefits package and many perks

    Cons

    Slightly below industry standards for salary

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great Company, Bright Future, Ridiculous Boss

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Specialty in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Specialty in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Here are many pros:
    Fantastic pipeline for future drugs
    GREAT benefits
    Positive company environment
    Growing company with the small company feel so you don't always feel that you're beneath someone else

    Cons

    In my particular case:
    Great boss when I was hired (positive, supportive, great coach)
    Terrible current boss (I was placed in my current territory because I was doing well but because he didn't hand pick me he has been 100% negative from day one and is the most negative individual I've come across in a long time).

    Advice to Management

    Allow your reps to provide more of their side of the story and don't just believe the managers just because of the position they're in. I've thrived in this position but the boss I'm forced to deal with makes working unbearable. This company is going places and quickly so I'd just recommend monitoring management a little closer so the people selling on the ground aren't put in a position to defend themselves when they've done absolutely nothing wrong.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company

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

    Stable, good pipeline. Good work life balance

    Cons

    has been awhile since launching new product. Once pipeline products make it to market could make some money


  8. Helpful (1)

    DBM

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    Corporate cares about the employees- trips for the sales force to Copenhagen.

    Cons

    Favoritism driver for promotions and support not skill and performance


  9. Helpful (1)

    Secure Company

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

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Secure Company due to company portfolio, with good base and bonus. Overall great benefits!

    Cons

    Company culture has changed due to rapid growth. Too much red tape to grow your career along with the Politics. Best Part of the company is the Biopharma side, its almost viewed as a separate entity without all the B.S. like the diabetes franchise.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the layers for individual growth. Moving to Princeton is not the answer. Think about how many quality individuals work for the company that can't relocate. Your options end up being sub par internal candidates that grow there careers only because there isn't any competition. You also have the wrong people in leadership director roles. Have you ever asked how much impact a director level truly has on the business. The true performers are the District Managers and Representatives. Everyone else for the most part is just trying to justify there positions. If I were a consultant i would interview every Regional Director to see who truly is driving performance versus just creating projects to look good.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great people, great benefits, unfortunate hierarchical structure

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, great culture, semblance of work life balance, 401 K matching

    Cons

    Too many systems in place that get in the way of efficiency.
    Complex office politics.
    Midsize pharma in its teenage phase, trying to grow up too fast and too quickly and losing a bit of what made it great in the process.


  11. Commercial Effectiveness

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

    I worked at Novo Nordisk (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation in the industry. Good benefits including medical and pharmacy. Summer hours.

    Cons

    Not full collaboration. Colleagues are hiding or not willing to share.

    Advice to Management

    Need to change some company culture



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