Sandoz Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
48 Reviews
2.8
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  1.  

    Tough performance culture but opportunity to be entrepreneurial

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, BD  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Director, BD in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at Sandoz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You have latitude to try new things and propose projects and strategies. The management is interested in empowering people and their comfort grows as you develop tenure. Coming in you have limited credibility unless you come from another Novartis company.

    Cons

    If you do not perform in whatever capacity you are at risk. Particularly true under the previous (George) regime and particularly true if you manage a P&L. You will be working long hours and have a good deal of uncertainty to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider setting better expectations. Need to develop an integrated global culture and brand from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    tough environment to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Sandoz full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great benefits, pay is little lower than standard

    Cons

    on call 24/7 unrealistic expectations. large rate of turn over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    You'll be working 3 people's jobs because they just quit...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandoz full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The only positive experience I have had here was when we volunteered for the community. People enjoyed coming to work on that day.

    Cons

    No one enjoys working here. You constantly hear "I can't wait till I can go home and drink" or "why isn't it Friday?". They expect you to work 50+ hours on salary with no work-life balance or extra benefits. Holiday parties are employees only during work hours. Moral is lowest I've ever seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start aiming for quality instead of quantity. Try caring about your employees and not just the bottom line and see what happens to your horrible moral and culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Horrible management!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Sandoz

    Pros

    The few nice people that I worked with.

    Cons

    Clicky and deceitful management and team lead. High turn over. Contractors for life so don't expect to get benefits or to be hired on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the worker bees! They're the ones on the front line and in the trenches while you guys sit in nice offices behind closed doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work opportunities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandoz

    Pros

    Provides career opportunities to their employees and support growth within organization and company with job rotation, talent reviews and trainings

    Cons

    Even though salaries are good when compared to competitors, as being in generic sector it is not as good as other pharma companies.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good exposure to generic R&D

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandoz full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    excellent infrastructure, synergistic collaboration with Novartis on various levels

    Cons

    too much politics and lack of clear career pathways for different levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline responsibilities and accountabilties to avoid personality clashes at higher management levels

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    the perfect storm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandoz

    Pros

    pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    management is incompetent at its best. They run company and employees like a rollercoaster out of control. Rules and policies change like the wind.Extreme and stressful work enviornment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go terrorize another company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Growing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandoz

    Pros

    Growing company; well supported by Novartis

    Cons

    Needed better and consistent leadership

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    concentration camp!

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    Former Employee - Packaging Operator  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Packaging Operator in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sandoz full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Christmas gift card best gift

    Cons

    no open door policy, temps treated differently than full time employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employees requests, comments and concerns!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely Unpleasant Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Operator  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Operator in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sandoz as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Steady work schedule, opportunity for overtime, allowance for required footwear, "secure" facility so you don't have to worry about your personal or vehicle's safety, adequate PPE provided and is generally a safe work environment,

    Cons

    Inconsistent mandatory overtime, unprofessional work environment, no support from managers/supervisors, very difficult process for making simple improvements, low pay, 12 month temp to hire period, insignificant pay raises, lower level employees (especially temps) treated poorly, extremely high turn around. In the time I was there I saw many many temps and regular employees get hired then fired/quit within a very short time frame. Small mistakes will get you fired and replaced by someone who doesn't know what they're getting into. They use deceptive techniques that make you think it will be a good place to work long term. Career employees that have been there 10+ years share the same feelings. Random security screenings/searches that will make you late to where ever you have to be after work or late to your work area which affects the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work better with employees and listen to concerns and suggestions. Equipment and facility need to be updated and repaired. There were a lot of improvements being made during my time there and it was good to see that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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