Sandoz Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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  1. production technician III

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    Current Employee - Production Technician III in Wilson, NC
    Current Employee - Production Technician III in Wilson, NC

    I have been working at Sandoz (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, excellent pay, wonderful place

    Cons

    Too many working hours, a lot of overtime


  2. Accountant

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Accountant in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Sandoz full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits. Job stability. Free dinner if you work past 7.

    Cons

    Long long work hours, especially during closing in finance - accounting department.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when you ladle on the workload of 2 people onto 1. Or they will leave.


  3. Hardcore

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    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Wilson, NC
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Wilson, NC

    I worked at Sandoz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and pay. If you were not in a job directly related to the 24 / 7 manufacturing it seem like a great place to work.

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced. Long hours and 24/7 availability was expected. No document control system, and too much wasted paper and time. Validation folks tortured while some groups worked 8-5 M-F.

    Advice to Management

    Have confidence in your procedures and don't over-kill everything.


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    Negative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandoz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    PharmaDerm has a good product. Talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Low pay and bonuses compared to competitors. High pressure and no accountability from executives. Disorganized. Unrealistic expectations. Under appreciated. No real perks for being a "specialty" company.


  6. Helpful (5)

    DIFFICULT PLACE TO WORK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Sandoz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a lot of hard working individuals committed to the organization. Company and senior management dedicated on hitting their numbers above all else (not sure if this is a "pro").

    Cons

    Where to begin:
    1. CEO / President NA considered unknowledgeable of the US generic business, unethical, untrustworthy, and considered incompetent with US customers and competitors.
    2. Senior management cowers to CEO's orders, unresponsive, and constantly in turnover
    3. "Hiring Best talent" means they know what best is. HR department mismanaged, unresponsive, and uncooperative.
    4. Turnover is tremendous across all levels in all US sites, yet SDZ and NVS corporate management continues to allow CEO to remain in position. Clear indication NVS is more concerned about results regardless of who is doing the work.

    Advice to Management

    Foster a culture of inclusion and collaboration with the employees who have significantly more knowledge of the customer and the business than the CEO and his revolving staff.
    Replace CEO with someone who knows the business and can drive / growth productively.


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    Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY

    I worked at Sandoz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and quality of their products.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't know how to run generics as they come from branded business. Upper management set unrealistic expectations and they don't have the courage to accept their mistakes. Instead, they blame the people below for the poor performance that is the result of not listening in the first place.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to your people, build relationships and trust, and support them. In our case we loss 5 headcount and we couldn't hire the replacements. I killed my self for this company working 12 hrs every day plus weekends and at the end, that was not enough and management didn't care how much we work to meet the unrealistics promises to the executives.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Unstable Management Unstable Culture Unstable Future Not Recommended

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Sandoz full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Great Benefits
    Flexible Work Schedule
    Cafeteria on Site
    Mini Gym onsite
    Yearly Holiday Party

    Cons

    Poor Manangement
    Communication barriers preventing employees from excelling
    Repeated Errors Despite Right First Time Initiative

    Advice to Management

    Evolve
    Be Transparent
    Be sincere with employees
    Be fair across the board eliminate favortism among certain employees that are more preferred


  9. Helpful (4)

    A place that once had potential.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilson, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilson, NC

    I worked at Sandoz full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You got a paycheck for performing your job.
    Here you have a chance to get experience working in a pharmaceutical environment.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, way too much overtime. Management under-appreciates the workers. Too much favoritism among management and some workers that prevents advancement. Low work morale in an unprofessional environment.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be for HR to become more involved with what's going on at the facility instead of just listening to management. Management isn't always the voice to be heard.


  10. Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandoz

    Pros

    Good culture, people are very friendly, everyone is good friend.

    Cons

    It is ok Nothng so bad and I think it is good


  11. Helpful (3)

    Would not recommend

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Sandoz full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging. Learned a lot. Salary good. There were a few really good, fair and nice VPs/executives, unfortunately I did not work for one of them and most of them left the company.

    Cons

    Very stressful work environment. Terrible employee morale. Incompetent upper (VPs) management - unfair, almost abusive and backstabbing No work/life balance. Vacation/sick/personal time off is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees a work/life balance. Screen your executives better before hiring. If you are going to run the company like a "German" company, give your employees the benefits that go along with it. Company should be run more like Novartis.



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