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Novartis Careers

Basel (Switzerland)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (NVS)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10+ billion (USD) per year
At Novartis, we use science-based innovation to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible.

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Mission: Mission: Our mission is to discover new ways to improve and extend people`s lives. Our vision is to be a trusted leader in changing the practice of medicine.

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  • Hi Glassdoor followers we have some breaking news for you! Novartis has introduced a new approach to working for desk based colleagues. When, where and how we work will be determined by us! So we can optimize our own personal and work performance. This is an exciting journey for us and we will share more as we progress. #DistributedWorking #novartislife

  • Sandoz, a Novartis generics and biosimilars company, announces joint plans with the Austrian federal government to invest EUR 150 million in Kundl manufacturing site in Austria. Hear what Sandoz CEO Richard Saynor shared on the long-term plans to support patients in Europe and beyond.

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Novartis – Why Work With Us?

108,000 associates at Novartis impact the lives of 799 million patients.

At Novartis, we are driven by our purpose. We reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We use innovative science and technology to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible.

Our products

70 billion doses of medicine touched the lives of 799 million patients in approximately 155 countries last year.

Our strategy

Our strategy is to build a leading, focused medicines company powered by advanced therapy platforms and data science. As we implement our strategy, we have five priorities to shape our future and help us continue to create value for our company, our shareholders and society.

Our Divisions

Innovative Medicines:

The Innovative Medicines Division has two business units:

Novartis Pharmaceuticals focuses on patented treatments in multiple disease areas to enhance health outcomes for patients and offer solutions to healthcare providers.

Novartis Oncology focuses on patented treatments for a variety of cancers and rare diseases.

Sandoz offers patients and healthcare professionals high-quality, affordable generics and biosimilars.

Functional organizations with a global reach:

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the innovation engine of Novartis. NIBR focuses on discovering new drugs that can change the practice of medicine.

Global Drug Development (GDD) organization oversees the development of new medicines discovered by our researchers and partners.

Novartis Technical Operations (NTO) is responsible for making our innovative medicines, devices and Sandoz products and delivering them to our customers across the world.

Novartis Business Services (NBS) consolidates support services across our organization, helping drive efficiency, simplification, standardization and quality.

Corporate Functions support the enterprise in specific areas of expertise, including finance, human resources, legal and communications.

15,000 associates, of whom almost 5,500 are employed at our US-based R&D sites 

Our US presence extends from coast-to-coast with our campuses designed to foster a world-class work environment, and promote a culture of collaboration and innovation to help continually meet the evolving needs of our patients, customers and the communities we serve.

Research in the United States

We know our medicines can have a dramatic impact on patients’ lives. They can help people live longer and remain healthier, and they can provide significant benefits to our society and economy, which is why in 2019 we invested $3.9 Billion in R&D alone, representing 41% of our global R&D spend that totals USD 9.4 billion.

Reimagining Medicine through Innovation

Innovation is a cornerstone of the Novartis strategy and a foundation of our future. Research and development (R&D) as well as a strong pipeline of potential medicines are critical for our future business and long-term success.

The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the innovation engine of Novartis. With a US team of scientists, physicians and business professionals, NIBR works to discover potential new therapies that could improve health outcomes for patients; and works in concert with our Global Drug Development (GDD) group to bring innovative treatments to patients around the world.

799 million!

That’s how many lives our products touched in 2019. 160+ projects currently in clinical development. 24 major approvals last year alone. These are achievements we’re incredibly proud of, but in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?  

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given the opportunity to explore the power and potential of data and digital. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks. Where you’re encouraged to share new ideas that can open up new ways of making things happen. And where you’re surrounded by teams who are equally determined to transform lives by tackling the world’s toughest medical challenges.


  • Purpose: Every one of us, regardless of level, role or location impact those who use our medicines and while we are proud of that we must ask ourselves: in this world of rapid digital and technological transformation, how will reimagine medicine and continue to bend the curve of life for millions of others?


  • Innovation: We have a history of firsts, and there’s more to come. We are curious to explore the unknown. We constantly look for breakthrough innovation; embracing digital and data, smarter thinking and braver decision-making.


  • Collaboration: We’re taking a new path grounded in collaboration, listening, learning and sharing. It’s exciting and inspiring. By harnessing talent from every part of the organization, by building relationships, and by welcoming fresh ideas from in and outside of our company we will continue to reimagine medicine.


  • Empowerment: the people, patients and societies we serve need us to achieve the extraordinary. Novartis empowers us to bring our best selves forward, to not compromise who we are, valuing our diversity of thought and backgrounds, and trusting in our ability to make things happen.


149 Nationalities

With people from so many nations working at Novartis, we have a richly multicultural working environment.


Our differences make us powerful

While our diverse workforce brings different people and perspectives together, inclusion is making the mix work. It is about creating an atmosphere and an environment where each of us feels valued, respected and heard.

3,164 associates are part of 15 employee resource groups at Novartis in the US which includes:

  • Green Team is committed to promoting sustainable practices at Novartis to root out waste and clear the path for a greener workplace.
  • African Ancestry & Cultural Exchange (AACE) group builds an environment that fosters professional growth, leadership opportunities, networking and mentoring.
  • CapABLE aspires to empower people with visible and invisible disabilities by creating awareness and fostering a culture of understanding, inclusion and belonging.
  • Working Parents Connections (WPC) aims to fully integrate life and work to provide support and solutions for Novartis parents, allowing them to be successful without compromising family life or professional commitments.
  • Open Professional Employee Network (OPEN) provides a supportive forum for NPC gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender associates and their allies, as well as increases awareness and understanding of issues and concerns that impact them.
  • Network for Indian Cultural Exchange (NICE) provides an environment and opportunity for professional growth, networking and mentoring.
  • Military Affinity Group (MAG) supports associates and their families who are currently serving, deployed or returning to civilian life. Serves as good corporate citizens through support to the local military community.
  • Hispanic Latino Network (HLN) provides members with networking, learning and leadership opportunities. HLN drives awareness of the rich and diverse cultures and traditions of Hispanic–Latino communities, as well as creates awareness and understanding of health disparities in the Hispanic–Latino communities. .
  • GenNEXT provides a support network for NPC associates early in their career, facilitates their career development and develops relationships across departments and generations.
  • Empowering Women to Impact Now (EWIN) strives to empower women by creating opportunities to develop leadership skills, increase visibility, network, and provide insights and perspectives that enhances the ability to serve patients and customers.
  • Chinese Culture Community (CCC) enriches employees’ understanding of diversity and inclusion and enhances business results by sharing Chinese culture in the workplace.
  • Caregivers Alliance for Resources, Education and Service (CARES)  provides resources and education to current and future caregivers enabling associates to contribute fully to Novartis.

‘Caring for our people in a time of uncertainty’ by Group Head of People & Organization at Novartis, Steven Baert

Our thanks to the following associates for gving us their permission to share their personal LinkedIn videos with you.

Disclosure: the following personal videos have been added to an unlisted Novartis YouTube account for sharing purposes only. The words and message of each associate are their own.

Novartis Reviews

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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 10 years)


    Work life balance, Great pipeline, Growth


    Ongoing change leading to change fatique

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Novartis Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    CAR-T Cell Processing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at Novartis.


    Extremely simple. Two people, one is the manager of the department your position is in and another person from HR. Typical questions such as strengths and weaknesses, challenging times, how you deal with stress, why would you want to work for their company, where do you see yourself in five years, how you deal with confrontations or disagreements between staff, has there been a time where you didn't agree with directions on a procedure given by your manager and if so what do you do? Those are behavioral questions HR will ask to determine your personality and mindset. The manager of your job will ask you technical questions about procedures and environments related to the condition of work you are applying for. When and how to do certain things or how does one thing apply to another, etc. Overall whole process took between 30-45 minutes, but since it was a comfortable interview I didn't notice the time. It felt quick.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you're previous manager say about you if we called them right now?   Answer Question
    • What would I do if I had 1x10^9 amount of money?   Answer Question
    • Why are you leaving your current job?   Answer Question
    • What are the companies core values?   1 Answer
    • Why did you get into this field of work and why should we hire you?   Answer Question
    • Please tell us about yourself?   Answer Question
    • Tell us what you know about our company and what we are currently doing and it's importance?   1 Answer
    • Explain Car-T completely and fully to the best you can.   Answer Question
    • Describe in detail aseptic technique? Also why it's extremely important in cell culture?   Answer Question
    • Describe in brief cell culture? Also how it relates to Car-T manufacture?   Answer Question
    • Have you worked in a flow hood? If yes, how many years experience?   Answer Question
    • Are you willing to work when needed such as weekends, overtime, holidays, and open to flexibility?   Answer Question
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Novartis Awards & Accolades

  • Awarded second place among pharmaceutical companies worldwide in the World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2017
  • India’s Best Companies to work for 2016, Great Places to Work, 2016
  • TOP 100 Employers Ranking - voted the most attractive Swiss employer in the field of natural sciences., Universum, 2018
  • Corporate Reputation of Pharma - in the Top Three, PatientView, 2016
  • Top 10 Pipelines, MedAdNews, 2017
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