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GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare London Reviews

Updated March 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Work Life balance and good work culture (in 41 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a great work life balance (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Proud to be an employee of GSK"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work culture, patients first and profits next, flexible working, pay etc

    Cons

    Complex business organisation due to its size, more than 100,000 employess

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Good for those, who are happy to and are good in playing internal politics"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Supply Transformation EMEA in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Supply Transformation EMEA in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good teams overall, but professional levels are sinking unfortunately
    Good salary and benefit package
    Great diversity and inclusion, if anything, one cannot complain about this part!
    Good workplace setup, the office is quite well equipped
    Overall fair wage and bonus system

    Cons

    If someone is with great potential, they will be frustrated by the politics and the slowness of the 'empire'.
    Same on promotions, it is not based on meritocracy.

    Advice to Management

    Just replace politics, with at least some degree of meritocracy and build the progressions based on it...you'll be surprised how easy it will become to retain talent!


  3. "Customer Business Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Sales Manager in Brentford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Sales Manager in Brentford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun environment, good people, strong values and emphasis on development

    Cons

    Medium pay means you're always on back foot and location isn't great for those who want to be in London

    Advice to Management

    Bring Pay in line with other FMCG


  4. "Great Environment but Hard Work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Environment
    Great Colleagues
    Good Benefits
    Reasonable work life balance

    Cons

    Confused Organisational structure - ways of working, roles and responsibilities and actually getting things done requires extensive stakeholder management and lining up of vested interests
    Inability to commit to embedding strategic change - strategies are written and signed off, work begins but it's never really committed to and embedded in what is really a very risk averse organisation. This results in improvements being slow and incremental and hard to implement.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Head of Pricing in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Head of Pricing in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, open plan office, promotion prospects, regular briefings, highly competitive, inclusive and diverse, organised, global organisation, culture, great place to work

    Cons

    At junior-middle management more senior people can seem a bit hierarchal as in with any commercial company. However there are many opportunities to get promoted and be more visible

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. "Scientist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, faciities including a gym and shop.

    Cons

    People can be cold.Some are frustrated yet carrying on. Long decision making process.


  7. "Global Marketing Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very collaborative people culture - people genuinely care about each other.
    Attracts down to earth, 'decent' people, comfortable in their own skin
    Works with world class agencies in marketing - so great place to learn

    Cons

    - Bizarre organizational structure with the functions only reporting into the business at the CEO level .. as a result company operates in functional silos versus to the needs of the business.
    - Ratings, career highly dependent on your manager as your one up manager often has no visibility what you're doing
    -Heavy on process and absurdly slow .. most probably since at its heart GSK is a drug company with all the regulatory hurdles that come with that
    -Unclear roles/ responsibilities between the markets and the center
    -Unclear whether consumer health will remain in GSK or be spun off
    -management feels old. There is a sense that 'you have to do your time' at level no matter how strong you are

    Advice to Management

    Functions to report into the business at the Category level
    Clearer decision rights between market and center
    Faster career progression for high fliers


  8. "Fantastic placement year"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Marketing Executive in Brentford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Brand Marketing Executive in Brentford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent people taken from a variety of backgrounds. They care about the people and what they can give to the company.

    Learned a lot during placement year with an excellent social life and an inspiring work environment

    The ability to move around the business and have experience days with third parties e.g in a PR firm for a day

    Variety of different projects to work on and you work end-to-end. Enjoyed the project management side and level of responsibility

    Cons

    Some politics
    Placement students are overworked
    My manager left and I did their role as well as my own which was great for personal development but I wasn't offered a salary road.

    Very little extra benefits for placement students as you're not employed by the company.

    They don't invest in you to be with the company long term. They just use you on placement and then you move on to other things after uni

    A lot of organisational change

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to placement students. They are doing more work with more responsibility than you realise.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Quality specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Qualifying Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Qualifying Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The Work- life balance is probably the only good thing right now

    Cons

    After the joint venture there is a lack of structure seems like no one knows what is going on

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


  10. "A Work in Progress"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, some fantastic brands with a desire to do more for consumers

    Cons

    Going through massive change at present

    Advice to Management

    Complete the restructure & add sufficient resource to meet the ambitions


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