Sandoz Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. A fine company for people who are interested in clean, stable employment. Not so much for people with career ambitions.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sandoz full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, Straight forward work, Gain a great deal of skills. There is a tremendous about of opportunity to learn all aspects of pharmaceutical manufacturing. Clean work. always willing to invest in safety, quality, and process improvement to make the job better.

    Cons

    They do not promote from within. People move in, and move out. While you will learn many skills, you are not likely to be rewarded for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in growing the operators and expanding their careers and opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Challenging Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sandoz

    Pros

    Multinational company with quality products. Compensation are benefits are very good. Good market share globally. Cost of the products are available reasonable for customers

    Cons

    There is a huge need to balance the workload of the employees since it's not sustainable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. It has been a good experience. It has it's pros and cons like every company though.

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline and good name recognition, both by itself and as part of Novartis.

    Cons

    Long hours for nearly every role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force people out of the office and back home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Tough Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    There are some people who are very nice and try to be helpful. The Princeton headquarters is new.

    Cons

    Workforce is too lean. Too much work and very little understanding from management. Most people do not have a work-life balance.

    It is a competitive environment to the point where people throw you under the bus regularly to save themselves and appear to contribute more than they actually do.

    A select few are favored and allowed to come to work late and leave early on a regular basis. Some are disengaged and work on their own schedule which differs from regular working hours. They tend to want people to respond to them quickly, but rarely respond to others.

    Directors and Associate Directors micromanage to the point where it stifles creativity and innovation.

    Procedures are not consistent between departments and the people within the same department work against each other.

    People make changes that are not communicated throughout the group or agreed on, then demand that everyone comply.

    The environment is negative and many employees do not feel valued.

    The pay is on the low end for some positions, but still within range.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the people who are actually doing the work. If saving money is really the goal, review middle and upper management and eliminate the ones who are riding the backs of others.

    There are too many layers of management.

    Stop micromanaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. just creating a profile

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

    I worked at Sandoz full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    looking forward to being able to see reviews on glass door...would recommend this place if you have no experience

    Cons

    I've got to critique former employer to have access...we know that if they were an excellent employer then I wouldn't be a former employee

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. A good first job

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Chemist in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Quality Control Chemist in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    The company had clear expectations and a transparent review process. They provide opportunities for you to learn new skills and set goals to improve yourself. I enjoyed knowing I was contributing to the safety of our products.

    Cons

    There was not a lot of room for advancement in the technical track, particularly since they have really decreased their R&D. While always working on different products, the methods are similar and can be repetitive both mentally and physically. They have switched to using a lot of temporary labor instead of hiring people on directly.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Operations

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    Former Employee - Operations in Wilson, NC
    Former Employee - Operations in Wilson, NC

    I worked at Sandoz full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people on the lower level with great attitudes.
    Great salaries and benefits.
    Great work ethic, sad that site leader doesn't care much about it.

    Cons

    Site Leader doesn't know how to be a leader.
    No work-life balance.
    No real planning always reacting to any situation.
    No real continuous improvement practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people on the floor and work on the continuous improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    At Sandoz, you're a disposable, plastic part.

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    Former Contractor - Management Training
    Former Contractor - Management Training

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

    Pros

    Well, you did get a paycheck regularly and there were some health and retirement benefits to be had. Nothing spectacular, but better than nothing.

    Cons

    They have literally no concept of morale. They rule by fear and intimidation. It's all top-down management and they never solicit advice from the people actually doing the work. When they say, "Think Quality," they mean do just enough to keep the FDA off our backs. They cut corners every which way they can because they''re stinkin' cheap and they know it. It's frightening to know they are in the generic drug business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to be so transparent about how little you care. For example, when you reassign a career supply chain manager to oversee the training department, you're clearly demonstrating the you couldn't care less about training personnel. And be honest with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Great Internship

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    Former Intern - MS&T in Broomfield, CO
    Former Intern - MS&T in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sandoz as an intern (less than a 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
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Brutal work environment and culture

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    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

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