Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
156 Reviews

3.6
156 Reviews
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Novo Nordisk President and CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen
Lars Rebien Sørensen
98 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance apply only for lower level jobs (in 17 reviews)

  • good products, good base, decent bonus structure, great benefits (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The issue of work life balance is major and not something they are big on (in 9 reviews)

  • It's becoming more like big pharma operationally and strategically (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Job growth opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and challenging environment

    Cons

    growing too large and not quick to make decisions/respond to market trends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to honestly gain and apply employee feedback

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bright future ahead, as long as the culture stays strong

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    NNI, and specifically the BioPharm division, is focused on delivering real value to society. The commitment extends beyond our products to the overall business approach with a focus on financials balanced with environmental and social progress. In my experience, the people have been excellent to work with, and leadership tries to do the right thing. There is minimal bureaucracy in BioPharm, and field employees' perspectives are actively solicited, even though they are not always aligned to.

    Pipeline and future prospects look solid - certainly better than the industry-at-large

    Salaries are good and benefits are great, though slightly less so than they used to be.

    Cons

    Systems and processes haven't kept up with growth. Due to the small size of BioPharm, there is also some challenge in career growth, unless you're willing to switch to diabetes taking a half-step down.

    Current leadership is rightly looking for ways to tighten our belts, but also is changing some of the cultural/symbolic aspects of the company that many here love and rely upon as a source of loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead us through our current challenges, but keep the US culture in mind when making cost-cutting decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice comapny

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good benefits, good, benefits

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, poor work life balance

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  5.  

    good company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Consultant in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    stablility with good pipeline stablility with good pipeline stablility with good pipeline stablility with good pipeline stablility with good pipeline

    Cons

    rough pay and work rough pay and work rough pay and work rough pay and work rough pay and work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay increase and improve work culture

  6.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Safety Data Specialist  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Safety Data Specialist in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome facility, staff and management. Lots of special days and occasions to make staff feel appreciated.

    Cons

    Dealing with irate clients can be draining

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't exclude your temporary workers so much. They do most of the work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Danish affiliate pharma company

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    Distinct culture. Employment Diversity in US. Consensus based decision making.

    Cons

    Working across the Atlantic. Significant attention to consensus building and not enough action

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain cultural focus. Work better to empower affiliate. Work to truly globalize the company

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Idea How they continue to make the best companies to work for list year after year...someone must be paying them off.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist II
    Former Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist II

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Products and the company does do a lot for people with diabetes

    Cons

    So much drama, politics, harassment, poor management, inconsistent behavior and just an all around terrible place to work. The left hand never knows what the right hand is doing. The don't know how to treat people and lower level management is out running rampant with their gross abuse of power. For many people (myself being one of them) that worked for this company for a number of years and was hired back when it still had a family feel and they wanted to help you promote and do your best, to watch it change so dramatically and try to become "big pharma" with little regard for the people out there pounding the pavement everyday, it truly is sad. They constantly bombard you with busy work, metrics that are ridiculous, pointless and usually unattainable. It is a joke to most of the employees that somehow Novo Nordisk continues to rank on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. We used to all laugh and say if they only knew how unhappy people really are and how bad things are behind the scenes.
    The opportunities for advancement are few and far between. everything is based on politics. The way they run things is completely skewed and backwards. The salaries aren't great starting out and it isn't easy to make your bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire them all and start fresh. You are losing a lot of good people that just can't stand to be treated the way they are or to watch the company move in the wrong direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company but culture is changing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    Good benefits and work environment

    Cons

    Work Life Balance issue for years

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Novo Nordisk has regressed to the 1990's.

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Cafeteria, beautiful building, an extremely compliant company. Follows the regulations to the letter.

    Cons

    Poor on boarding for contractors. In some departments, men have to wear ties, women have to wear dresses. Contractors are treated like pond scum. I was not made part of the team and not allowed to attend meetings of projects that I was working on which made it difficult to analyze documents. I applied for an internal position in January, and was rejected in June. Their HR department is a bit slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't want contractors to work there, don't hire them. Otherwise, treat them as part of the team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many talented individuals within the "rank and file." Strong compensation and benefits package.

    Cons

    Leadership is way too political; most important to be aligned to the right leader.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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