Novo Nordisk

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Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
185 Reviews
3.7
185 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.  

    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 an 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.

  2.  

    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

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  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    Nightmare!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DCS in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - DCS in Columbus, GA

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

    Pros

    I have worked here 8+ years and HATE it. No pro's to list other than it is a paycheck.

    Cons

    Terrible management from Senior level to DBM. If you voice concerns get ready for the witch hunt to begin. Partners are so paranoid they start trying to throw each other under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down the size of the pods!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great culture, loved the travels and the benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Skopje (Republic of Macedonia)

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

    Pros

    Constant training, personal development plan and compatituve salary.

    Cons

    Sometime the organisation can be very slow and do not react to changes as fast as needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less middle management would give clearer picture and will help the communication.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    Investment in strong business ethics; quality of professionalism and work environment greatly varies by location

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

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and international career development opportunities. Time-off policies generous.

    Cons

    The quality of senior management varies greatly throughout the organization. Positive experience depends on location and manager. Lack of transparency around promotions and employees not kept to equal standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in professional development for managers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Hoodwinked

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

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Patient focus centrered and high willing to defeat diabetes are the most attractive points at NN. Sustainability are increasing worldwide footprint.

    Cons

    Environment "appears" open door but if it is a real challenge of the status quo the power principles prevail. There are many systems estimulates the employee to be transparent and then protected by anonymous terms but it will be disclosured if it make business sense and employee will not be into short pants; most of bosses are arrogant and politics are the basis to have career growth - it is not competence based but relationship instead; in daily basis the more the structure goes down company values disappear;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review talent and succession management for driving the company toward real competence based; fight against huge conflict of interest among peers; bring back the founders spirit that are reflected in company values;
    Make sure diversity in board of directors re to origin and gender are there - it is not KPI driven rather it is walking the talk;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

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