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GlaxoSmithKline Durham Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  1. "GlaxoSmithKline"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people.
    Central purpose to develop medicines that help people live longer, better, healthier lives.
    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Downsizing and moving R&D diverting from important core business function.

    Advice to Management

    The company's greatest asset is the people who have been in-house building core knowledge of the business and how to get things done. Keep them.


  2. "Manager NA Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Place to work. Great People. Good Benefits. Great Work/Home life balance

    Cons

    Too much outsourcing which crested high levels of anxiety

    Advice to Management

    Retain Intelectual knowledge

  3. "Great place to work until the layoff"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Durham, NC
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Scientists/researchers are passionate about their work, focused on improving the lives of patients, and preventing and curing diseases as best as we can with current technology, and developing new ones.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is difficult to achieve. Between working late on urgent projects, and continual rounds of layoffs, uncertainty is more common a feeling than security. Layoffs are not just curing the chaff, but sometimes just by location. Jobs are very specific, very specialized. If a job becomes redundant, skills are lacking for that employee to find work at comparable pay.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees! Broaden the scope of work and cross-train to develop your people in ways they'll be more useful to you and to other companies when you lay them off.


  4. "A good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented people, good work/life balance, good pay. Good opportunities for development and career progression due to size of company. A good place to work.

    Cons

    Size of company creates bureaucracies and in-flexibility. There is always a threat of industry consolidation and lack of management continuity.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "GSK workplace"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Leader in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Procurement Leader in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary. Great place for learning as too many opportunities to work across boundaries (legal, finance, procurement, commercial)

    Cons

    Morale is very low due to continuous re organization processes. Due to this, employees are getting more responsibility in all areas (Tactical / Operational / Strategic) and people get over burnt

    Advice to Management

    Management would pay attention to people reactions. Motivated people get quite as management communication in very limited and sporadic


  6. "Executive Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent high-performing executive talent currently in place with emphasis on constant learning, skill development, and interest in challenging employees to perform at high levels as well.

    Cons

    Transitions to different open-table working styles take a bit of time to implement and grow accustomed to, thereby causing a degree of disruption in any work place.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Things changed a lot over the years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people who felt like family

    Cons

    Lack of direction and people who often knew the least were put in the position to make key decisions

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Nice gig, if you can keep it!"

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    Former Employee - Change Management Analyst in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Change Management Analyst in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary range is good. Flexible work environment, to a certain extent. Generous benefits.

    Cons

    International component (small teams spread across many time zones) can make meetings, team-building, and work a challenge, as does the Business Service Center approach (open office spaces), which can bring noise and distraction. Opportunities for promotions are rare, and profit-sharing could be better for lower tiers. US-based employees are now expensive and on the decline where hiring is concerned.

    Advice to Management

    Train, develop, and mentor people for management. A world-class firm should not expect managers to be managers just because they have the title.


  9. "Investigator"

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    Former Employee - Investigator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Investigator in Durham, NC

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance (flexible schedule). I was able to work part-time for about 16 yrs. Management trusted you and empowered you to make decisions.

    Cons

    R&D site closure in Research Triangle Park, NC. Constant state of change and not knowing if you'd be next to be let go.


  10. "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    Pros

    good place to work for.

    Cons

    benefits are not great now


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