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Sandoz Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
59 Reviews
2.7
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Donald W. (Don) DeGolyer
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  1.  

    Great Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MS&T in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - MS&T in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sandoz as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of ability to work with higher levels of management
    Flexible with hours, time off
    Friendly employees

    Cons

    It was a little bit disorganized compared to some internships I have heard of
    At the end of the internship, there wasn't really a way to try to get a job starting after graduation, because there aren't consistently entry level positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brutal work environment and culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits (part of Novartis)
    Many bright and talented coworkers
    Mission of the business (access to affordable medicine)

    Cons

    Expectation that work is your life (work all day, night, last minute demands on weekends)
    People treated like 'assets'...tools to make money
    Sales/money is the only priority, and is reinforced over and over again by the President (PG)
    Short-term focus (week to week) at expense of the future
    Insane bureaucracy and micromanagement. Exec Committee (specifically President) is the only one who can make a decision. Zero empowerment.
    Fear culture..big time! Criticize-first mentality, which drives a lack of risk taking (stagnancy)
    Have not talked with one person who is not looking for another job...even those who have been around less than one year (check the other comments here to confirm!)
    President is a one-trick pony with his dictatorial style, and it's not working with the US culture.
    Exec Committee is also afraid of speaking up to President.
    Sales team not given any time to cultivate customers. Make numbers quickly or you're gone.
    High turnover, especially with Exec Committee. Seems like we have a whole new crew every year. No stability. New ones come in. President tells them to change everything. Creates chaos and fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have hired so much 'upgraded talent', let them do their jobs! Get some EQ training for the President...he has no self-awareness. If you claim to be a company with a focus on 'wellness', maybe start thinking about the wellness of your employees...you are churning and burning them!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Quality Control, Broomfield CO

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    Former Employee - QC Chemist
    Former Employee - QC Chemist

    I worked at Sandoz

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible hours, lab employees love to work hard, friendly lab staff

    Cons

    Highly micromanaged, understaffed for expected work load, poor leadership direction, never listen to their employees advice/needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop restructuring to hope that the problems will be solved. Terrible strategy to tally human error mistakes and threaten termination after a few mistakes in a year. Your employees are very unhappy with the work environment you have created.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Good benefits (under Novartis umbrella)
    Friendly environment
    Lots of opportunities to move around w/in Sandoz and Novartis

    Cons

    Levels of red-tape to move anything forward
    Annual raises are minimal

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more work/life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Packaging Operations Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Packaging Operations Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sandoz full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I would say the best thing is the upper managment.There great

    Cons

    They don't care enough about their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More hands on training

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wouldn't recommend a long-term career here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sandoz

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good. Lots of great people to work with.

    Cons

    Some horrible managers that do not treat employees with respect. Culture is hire contractors so we can lay people off whenever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is extremely important work that employees do. Contractors are not invested in the success of the company. If you want quality work = quality products, hire people for the long-term that will really care.

    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandoz

    Pros

    Good Co-workers and working environment

    Cons

    time constraints for fast pace work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sandoz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are about the only good thing about this company.

    Cons

    To much overtime with poor planning of work flow. The company was best when it was Geneva but now has a very poor work environment with most new employees not staying. The expectations are unrealistic and many times cannot be met. If you are good at your job you will probably be stuck in that position with no promotions. Some of the management can be very unprofessional and don't know what they are doing. I have seen good employees be fired for small mistakes or maybe even something that was not even their fault. If you are a new hire you are usually a temp threw an agency and it takes about a year to get hired on if you get hired at all. I don't recommend this company unless you are desperate and have no other choices. I am sorry to be so negative but the truth hurts!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to start promoting people who deserve to be promoted and stop keeping them at the same levels for years an years. The training is awful you need dedicated trainers who don't have to worry about getting the production out. You need to treat people the way you would like to treated with respect.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Narrow Margins-Narrow thinking culture

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    Former Employee - Manager Corporate Network QA
    Former Employee - Manager Corporate Network QA

    I worked at Sandoz as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Diversity of product line. They make many forms of drugs. Decent Benefits (according to perm. staff). If you can talk smack-you'll be promoted quickly. If you hide things so that you look like you are 'wining' you'll get an executive position. If you're good at what you do-you'll be rewarded with taking on more than you can handle and solving problems that management should be dealing with (and they'll take the credit). If your in Managment-your job is cake.

    Cons

    Culture is one of fear (constantly worried about loosing your job), non-transparancy, and unrealistic workloads. Exec leadership is driven by the "German way" of thinking, which is very dictatorial. No quality culture-what is left is barely clinging on. Leaders are chosen based on their ability to talk BS and Kiss backsides, you will NOT be promoted because of your technical or soft/leadership skills. NJ is a new building for HQ, so they're building their sandcastles there (which means that if you work for a Network or Corp. function in a different location your job will be eliminated so they can hire local candidates near Princeton. NJ candidates, be wary-you'll have to work in an OPEN cubical environment-you'll have 2 days "etiquette" training and no privacy at all. Sandoz is yet another German firm that treats people like they are in a labor camp. I'd look elsewhere-many fantastic people have already left on their own. If you are a contractor, note you WILL NOT ever be hired, even if you are more than qualified. And your contract will not be extended more than 3 months (15mo total) not matter what they promise you-legal stops it).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house from DIR level up. Let American leadership have control over products being imported into USA-even if they are made in foreign countries. Take a full view account of your potential acquisitions BEFORE you buy their quality problems. Invest in people and your manufacturing facilities-Junk India operations and staff (they just don't care about quality or people). Give people the freedom to make things better. Make leadership accountable for the long term. Invest in an IT network that actually lets you do your job. Stop outsourcing QA functions-they have no investment in the drug products because you're not investing in them or their job. Hire people that bring diversity of skills and experience into the job-not a "perfect fit'-HOW MANY FDA 483 Warning letters do you need to get to decide to act? I could go on and on....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great if you like doing emergency slide deck prep

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

    I have been working at Sandoz full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some very nice people in certain departments. Their products are free on the prescription plan if you need them.

    Cons

    Where to start... My Manager could best be described as a vicious Rottweiler that barks orders faster than a Chihuahua on speed. Directors spend over half their time on slide deck preparation. Underlings spend insane amount of time providing data for said decks. Not much value added work has been done in years. Top down edicts have demand & supply plans in chaos. A culture of fear is pervasive and turnover is sky high. Contractors will never be hired to full time but why would they want to be?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At some point you need to let people get their jobs done rather than have everybody working endlessly on the latest outlook. No thought seems to be given to the cost to prepare the reports you ask for. I saw an outside person come in to do an assessment of a department.... They only talked to the directors and VP. They are the problem!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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