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"Work for a good manager and life will be great at GSK"

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Scientific Communications Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
Current Employee - Scientific Communications Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

high salary, generous benefits, many days of vacation, generous severance package

Cons

in some management situations you can't take advantage of work/life balance benefits, lack of leadership in mid-level management, the constant fear of job cuts as this industry continues to downsize

Advice to Management

listen to the new CEO Andrew Witty

Other Employee Reviews for GlaxoSmithKline

  1. Helpful (2)

    "A insider's view of GlaxoSmithKline from one who has worked in several departments"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Business Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the IT sector, the benefits and pay at GSK are above the industry for people coming out of college and contractors. They advocate a work-life balance and encourage people to look after their health in addition to your performance. The people who work there are quite experienced and look out for one another.

    Cons

    GSK is a huge company with many departments so the bureaucracy can neutralize new ideas.

    Each department has its own unique culture depending on the management so I've seen people who feel completely open and able to bring themselves to work while other departments, it can be quite stifling.

    Pay and bonus is kept very secretive despite the move towards transparency. At times, it feels like the bonus and pay is more based on how long you've been at GSK and less based on business performance.

    Recruitment tends to favor applicants with a pharmaceutical background. Unfortunately, that leads to the same type of thinking and ideas. New ideas are rarely introduced because if they fail, the bonus will also be affected.

    The company is very risk adverse (rightfully so in certain areas because of regulatory reasons) but it spills over into areas that need not necessarily so.

    Advice to Management

    Empowerment needs to be demonstrated through ALL levels. The upper management may understand the roadmap and the strategies. The early adopters (usually at the analyst level) also are quick to adapt to new ways of working. But the managers in the middle who the early adopters work with every day, are sometimes not as quick to change and can dampen the spirit of change.


  2. "GSK will weather the current storm well"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovation, career opportinities within the company, sense of purpose, pride in products, working with very smart and passionate people, compensation and benefit package is hard to beat.

    Cons

    Current economic climate and change in leadership resulting in many reoganizations, job insecurity. The comapany is so large that there are many bureaucratic processes and effective communication is difficult. Culture does not reward honesty and open communication. Maintaining 2 US headquarters and dual leadership in many areas did not allow the creation of a single corporate culture in the US.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and learn from your employees. Ask for and act on honest feedback on how to improve the business. The people working at the 5 foot level know what is going on in their area of expertise. The company culture supports discussing the "good" and not the "bad" or "ugly."

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