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"Very serious and uptight. Good science, big egos."

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Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Salary is good. Resources are good. Bright minds for discussing ideas.

Cons

Can be slow to change. Management is extremely top down, and has too many layers. Roles are very rigid, difficult to get exposure to areas outside of individual specialty.

Advice to Management

Listen to your employees at all levels- ideas don't always have to come from the top!

Other Employee Reviews for Novartis

  1. "An unsustainable bureaucratic nightmare."

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong systems which do not leave much flexibility for the way things are done. This is a pro because consistency is very important in this industry.

    Cons

    The pro is also the con. The systems are so rigid that they stifle new growth and inhibit new or unique ideas. Thinking outside the box is not encouraged, mainly because any ideas are so difficult to implement, that no one wants to expend the effort. As a result, process improvement of any kind takes an army to accomplish.

    Advice to Management

    There is so much dead weight at the Lincoln, NE facility! Getting rid of about half the work force of non-performers would speed up remediation efforts significantly. It would be worthwhile to sit down with each employee and find out what they do all day. Having a management team willing to actually make decisions instead of just scheduling follow-up meetings would help too.


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    "The future is bright!"

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    Current Employee - Quality Management in Johns Creek, GA
    Current Employee - Quality Management in Johns Creek, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Novartis is a socially responsible company that I am proud to work for. The pipeline of future products both with Novartis as well as the Alcon Division is exciting. The growth being experienced in Johns Creek Georgia with the expansion and growth of the contact lens manufacturing makes that site a particularly exciting place to be!

    The focus on the development of talent and people is forefront, and will result in great opportunities for those with the desire and capability.

    Cons

    The acquisition and integration of Alcon into Novartis has created a temporary rocky spot as the company works thru the many changes. As with any acquisition, this should be short-lived, with an end result that will make it all worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    As you work through the integration and culture change activities, remember that additional bureaucracy should be avoided.! This frustrates and discourages the very people you want to keep.

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