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Novartis Overview

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.

Company Updates

  • 14 weeks minimum paid parental leave will be available to ALL Novartis Group employees by 2021, regardless of gender. Read more about our new global parental leave policy in this article by Steven our Chief People & Organization Officer.

    Celebrating Life: why we're introducing equal parental leave for all parents globally

    As a father to three wonderful children, I know from personal experience how the birth of a baby is a life-changing moment. In the words of one of our associates, it turns your life upside down, in a good way!

  • 2023 will be a big year for us here at Novartis. We are working towards achieving gender balance in management by 2023, because we believe a balanced world is a better world.

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Novartis – Why Work For Us?

817 million!

That’s how many lives our products touched in 2018.

200 projects currently in clinical development. 16 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?  

Novartis focuses on innovative patent-protected medicines, generics and eye care products – segments where we have global reach and strong relations with our customers. Research and development (R&D) sits at the core of our business and central to our strategy. Our global organizations for manufacturing, business services and other functions help increase efficiency and promote excellence.

Our Divisions

Innovative Medicines:

The Innovative Medicines division has two business units:

Novartis Pharmaceuticals focuses on patented treatments in the areas of cardiovascular, respiratory, neuroscience, ophthalmology, and immunology and dermatology.

Novartis Oncology is focused on treatments for a variety of cancers and rare diseases.

Sandoz : Sandoz offers patients and healthcare professionals high-quality, affordable generics and biosimilars. The Sandoz portfolio also includes some mature products that were transferred from the Innovative Medicines division in 2016.

Alcon: With its Surgical and Vision Care businesses, Alcon offers one of the world’s widest selections of eye care devices – from sophisticated equipment for delicate eye surgery to a wide portfolio of advanced contact lenses.

Functional organizations with a global reach:

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

Global Drug Development (GDD): GDD oversees the development of new medicines.

Novartis Technical Operations (NTO) is responsible for our global production unit

Novartis Business Services (NBS) focuses on internal services.

23,000 associates, 24 sites and 4 key campuses.

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 2017 we invested $3.4 Billion in R&D alone.

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. Of the 6,800 employees working in R&D in the US, 2,500 work at our Research and Early Development Headquarters at NIBR in Cambridge.

Corporate responsibility is endorsed and ingrained at the highest level of Novartis and is central to how we run our business.

We are inspired by helping patients and the communities where we live and work. This not only includes our day-to-day efforts as we develop and make available innovative medicines, but also how we give back through volunteering, charitable giving, and patient assistance programs.

Expanding Access to Healthcare: Developing new and innovative ways to reach people in lower-income countries is one of our top priorities. To expand access to healthcare, we pursue a variety of approaches.

Doing Business Responsibly: We recognize that achieving our business goals requires that we operate with high integrity, transparency and environmental sustainability.

Corporate Responsibility Report: Novartis has a strong history of corporate responsibility activities, and transparent reporting is a central part of our commitment.

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Novartis Commitment to the Environment

Novartis is committed to building a sustainable future with ongoing initiatives and programs designed to conserve, protect and recycle. Our East Hanover campus is home to a series of conservation initiatives designed to educate and assist with energy efficiency.

817 million!

That’s how many lives our products touched in 2018. 200 projects currently in clinical development. 16 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.

147 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.

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    Great place to work and grow. The company invest a lot in your training to make you better.


    No real cons, the company was a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Why not bring back some if the old talent you invested so much in? After all they were the driving force behind the companies success. So much was invested in your employees and many were let go, why nor get done if that investment back and hire some of these people back?

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Novartis Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Novartis (East Hanover, NJ) in October 2010.


    First phone interview, mainly on your experience and skill sets, talk about the projects you did.
    Then on-site interview with panel staff. It is also required to take drug test and background check. The whole process took about 6 weeks.

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    • There could be a couple of relative challenging questions, but overall not difficult.   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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