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"Big company, many cultures in different departments"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
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Approves of CEO

I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Overall, the company is going in a positive direction under the leadership of CEO Andrew Witty, a young CEO with international experience. The benefits are amazing and under the right departmental leadership, your voice can be heard. I had several managers and the best ones inspired me to stretch beyond my initial goals.

Cons

It's a really big company so bureaucracy can seem at times a bit daunting. That said, there are a few initiatives that are looking to reduce the number of approvals needed. Promotions can seem arbitrary at time. The people who work at GSK have been there a long time so while they are very familiar with how things are done, change can be slow.

Advice to Management

Provide more opportunities for internal movement so people continually learn and grow.

Other Employee Reviews for GlaxoSmithKline

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    "LBGTQ Beware -"

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    Current Employee - R&D in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - R&D in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, great sense of purpose in drug development, nice mix of cultures, decent benefits and great credit union

    Cons

    Overworked, passive and subversive homophobia, constant change for the sake of change, no oversight of managers - not treating employees the same - hiring practices which subvert morale.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employee needs, speak up against retaliation of sexual orientation, take a look and see if the benefit of change is REALLY worthwhile. Do more to protect LGBT employees from homophobic managers.


  2. "A corporation that has great ideas, but can have trouble putting them into practice if they are outside of pharma."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance is good, benefits are good, locations are desirable. As long as they keep an active pipeline or acquire other pharma companies GSK is a stable place to work.

    Cons

    Not good at initiating and maintaining departments that are not focused solely on the creation and marketing of pharmaceutical products.

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced advertising and public relations professionals to run HR and promotional material development departments that are not a core function of GSK. GSK could be a stronger company if some of the senior management was replaced with people who have experience working for other companies rather than promoting from within.

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