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GlaxoSmithKline Overview

Brentford, England (UK)
10000+ employees
1830
Company - Public (GSK)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10+ billion (USD) per year
We are a science-led global healthcare company. We research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.
We also have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than ... Read more

Mission: At GSK we are on a mission to help people do more, feel better, live longer. We know that healthy communities depend on healthy people, and healthy communities are the backbone of strong, sustainable societies. As a business we have responsibilities to society, and society has ... Read more


Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2010 (#34)

Company Updates

  • We invite Regulatory Affairs professionals to a Vaccines R&D webinar to learn about exciting opportunities at GSK.
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    We invite Regulatory Affairs professionals to a Vaccines R&D webinar to learn about exciting opportunities at GSK.

    GSK Vaccines will be hosting a webinar via Join.me for opportunities in Regulatory Affairs! Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Get the chance to hear from senior leaders and recruiters who will be online sharing the many things GSK has to offer while answering your questions on your career aspirations.

  • Why the Center for Vaccines Research is an exciting place to work. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQd8a

    GSK in Rockville: Welcome from Rip Ballou

    Rip Ballou, Head, US Vaccines R&D Centre describes opportunities for scientists, clinicians and investigators interested in vaccine development and the cutting-edge tools we'll have. GSK - Do more, feel better, live longer.

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GlaxoSmithKline – Why Work For Us?


We want to help people do more, feel better, live longer

Today there are still millions of people without access to basic healthcare, thousands of diseases without adequate treatments and millions more people who suffer from everyday ailments. At GSK we want to change this.

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As a global healthcare company, we take on some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges.

By delivering a sustainable business, we provide health benefits to patients and consumers, improved shareholder returns as well as supporting wider society. 


We have three world-leading businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products.

We are committed to widening access to our products, so more people can benefit, no matter where they live in the world or what they can afford to pay.


Each of our three businesses benefits from GSK’s commercial infrastructure, integrated supply networks and significant global presence. 

At GSK, we believe how we do business is as important as what we do – it’s what makes us different - so we are challenging industry norms by changing the way we work.

Our core values are patient focus, integrity, respect for people and transparency. We expect our employees to share our values, to act transparently and with integrity at all times.

We motivate our employees to put our values at the heart of every decision they make through strong leadership, offering individual development opportunities and rewarding employees for how they work as well as what they achieve. We want everyone at GSK feel proud of the work that they do, the company they work for, and the difference they make.

Patient focus

We focus on the individual, doing what is right for patients and customers. We are committed to the highest standard of ethical medical practice and governance in our work. In addition, we are committed to an effective and responsibly managed supply chain, which is essential for our manufacturing teams to deliver high quality medicines and products to patients and consumers.

To do this we work with our partners and customers to improve healthcare and find new medicines and vaccines. We can only earn respect by taking the time to look at issues through the eyes of others and providing products of real benefit.

We make this happen by:

  • Focusing on the patient's and consumer's needs in research
  • Ensuring patient/consumer safety is paramount
  • Ensuring product quality and reliability of supply

Integrity

We are committed to performance with integrity. Doing what is right for our patients and consumers must be at the heart of every decision we make. In doing so, we demonstrate integrity in action, at every level, every day.

Living up to the standards that are rightly expected of us means we must in all interactions:

  • Act legally and fairly, within the spirit of all laws, regulations and policies
  • Encourage employees to speak up if something doesn't feel right or doesn't align with our values
  • Make realistic commitments and keep our promises
  • Look for principles, not loopholes
  • Encourage employees to seek guidance when in any doubt

Respect for people

We support and inspire our colleagues to help them be the best they can be and to achieve great things. Central to this is our day-to-day working culture, which is based on the following foundations:

  • We ensure our workplace is safe and free of harassment and bullying
  • We actively seek, value and draw on the differing knowledge, perspectives, experience and styles present in our global community of employees
  • We create an atmosphere of trust, in which concerns can be fully raised

Transparency

As our business evolves to meet global challenges, so does our culture – and transparency is integral to this. For us, transparency means being honest about what we do, how we do it and the challenges we face. We are open to challenge, to discussion and to improving how we work to reflect our values.

We seek to put this into action by:

  • Ensuring what we say or write is fair and honest, and not misleading or incomplete
  • Providing timely, relevant, and accurate information
  • Demonstrating conviction and take ownership
  • Escalating important information promptly

We aim to create an inclusive workplace to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures.

We focus on creating an inclusive organisation where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. An inclusive environment welcomes different knowledge, perspectives, experiences and working styles from across our global population. This not only enhances individual creativity and innovation, but makes good business sense.

Equality means affording all employees equal treatment regardless of actual or perceived race; colour; ethnic or national origin; age; gender; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; gender identity and/or expression; religion or belief; physical ability/ disability and/or chronic health conditions (such as HIV/AIDS status); genetic make-up; or other protected characteristics as relevant in a country.

 

Join us and help make a difference

Discover a range of opportunities to be part of an organisation that helps millions of people around the world to do more, feel better, live longer.

Working at GSK

Our people are essential to our success. We focus on building their capabilities, and aim to support and empower them to be the best they can be. In this section you can find out what life at GSK is really like.

As a GSK employee, you are part of a company that celebrates your achievements and rewards your individual contribution to our business, and our success.

Recognising our best performers who help deliver our strategic priorities in line with our values is the cornerstone of our reward philosophy.

We invest in your development and partner with you to save for the future. We recognise our geographically diverse workforce by designing reward packages that are tailored to your needs. We also support your health and wellness, as well as your family’s, no matter where you live.

What’s on offer?

As a global company, our reward packages are designed to meet the needs of our geographically diverse workforce. They are benchmarked against industry standards and relevant to your job, no matter where you live.

Our reward package includes:

  • A competitive base salary
  • An annual bonus that rewards you for your individual contribution to our strategy, as well as business targets
  • Benefit programmes designed to support you and your family, including access to healthcare and well-being programmes, pension plan membership, savings programmes, time off and childcare support
  • Employee recognition programmes which reward exceptional achievements
  • Share ownership schemes which link your reward to GSK’s longer term performance
  • A performance and development programme that helps you identify what you need to do, and the behaviours you need to demonstrate, to achieve success


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

    Pros

    Great products and great benefits. The people that work for GSK are very willing to help you when you are interested in developing and growing your career.

    Cons

    Very demanding schedule, not much work life balance. Lots of changes in strategy so territory and customers are always changing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your sales people for strategy ideas, they are in front of the customer everyday

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GlaxoSmithKline Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline.

    Interview

    I applied online first - they had some Future Leaders specific questions in addition to requiring your CV/Resume and Cover Letter. Afterwards, I got an email to complete an aptitude test which they said would take about an hour but ended up being like 2-2.5 hours. I got phone screened a month later, and invited to the assessment center, which was a great experience but very difficult.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you had to motivate others to accomplish a goal.   Answer Question
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GlaxoSmithKline Awards & Accolades

  • Highest Rated CEOs(Andrew Witty #20), Glassdoor, 2015
  • Best Places to Work(18), Glassdoor, 2015
  • Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Times, 2015
  • Guardian UK 300(2), The Guardian, 2015
  • Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers, The Sunday Times (UK), 2012
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