Novo Nordisk

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Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
191 Reviews
3.6
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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, culture, pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    Amazing company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Good Company that is taking a downturn in the last years

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

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk

    Pros

    Strong ethics, Honesty in work. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    Lots of politics and networking involved, career paths are non existent if any. A focus on Denmark and Danish employees only. Salaries are not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to you roots and remove all the politics that have polluted the workplace. Encourage a truley global company mindset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good company but becoming big Pharma quickly.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  6.  

    Racial discrimination at the management level.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    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.

  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.  

    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

  10.  

    Great internationally but terrible at affiliate level

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

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

    Pros

    The more you work here the less you can list as pros.
    Positive experience depends on location and manager.

    Cons

    Local practices are not in compliance with global company culture.
    Managers destroy the career aspirations of the most smart and talented people
    They set impossible goals and when they are not met they think that the employees are unsuccessful
    Lower level managers are very inexperienced, lack knowledge and ability to lead
    Very emotional, not professional
    Limited career advancement
    Unfair in promotions
    Lots of backstabbing
    Salary is not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that the quality of management do not change greatly in affiliates
    Work on how to keep good employees
    Train your managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It has it issues and perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 benefits and perks, Great if you're an actual Novo employee. From the contractor perspective if there is a position available you have a good chance of getting hired on, that is if there is a position available. Lots of opportunity if you want to be in sales.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement if you're not in a science position. If you're located outside of NJ, there really isn't much you can do if you're not in a scientific position, unless you want to be in sales. Also the headquarters in in Copenhagen and there is definitely a difference between how US employees are treated vs Denmark employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Non scientific and non sales positions are just as important as administrative positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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