Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated March 28, 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. Very Happy!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. senior research associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    big pharma issues, bad severance package

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Sales side of the business

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Amazing company to work for!

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    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
  10. Great company, culture, pay.

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company but becoming big Pharma quickly.

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    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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