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GlaxoSmithKline King of Prussia Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Contractor - Co-Op in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Contractor - Co-Op in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I work in GMS and am happy to see that people here move up the ladder pretty quickly.

    Cons

    So much red tape.


  2. "Life Changing"

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    Former Intern - Co-Op in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Intern - Co-Op in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had an amazing time working at GSK! I learned a lot, and was really able to apply myself, and leave with a strong network. Hoping to return to the company for a full-time employment opportunity.

    Cons

    I had to find my own work to do. My hiring manager was caught up in an administrative transition, so I had to find my own way around, but it was actually a huge plus since I got to meet new people, and learn about techniques outside the scope of my job.

    Advice to Management

    The culture at GSK is amazing. Please keep it going. I love how everyone's opinion, from the department head, down to the intern is respected and heard.


  3. "Drug Metabolism Pharmokinetics"

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    Former Intern - Drug Metabolism Pharmokinetics in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Intern - Drug Metabolism Pharmokinetics in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    GSK is a large company with great values. They promote self-awareness and allow you to take on any opportunity that you are willing. Things can be fast-paced but are always entertaining and allow you to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Sometimes things are a little slow between studies. Things can also take some time if they have to move between departments or come from another site.


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  5. "Associate Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

    Pros

    Good work life balance, pay is decent

    Cons

    Inconsistent standards for promotion. Some groups can seem a little top heavy with more higher level positions then needed.


  6. "IT Service Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - IT Service Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - IT Service Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally good benefits, 401K, Pension, paid time off, competitive pay. Most people are fun to work with. People who care about patients' health and finding cures.

    Depending on your manager, one may exercise flexible work hours (i.e. work from home).

    Cons

    Financially driven company. They claim "patients first", but it's clearly Shareholders first, patients second, employees last. All the core services, especially IT, is always targeted for reductions. Then they take the work load and spread it across those who remain.

    Very little work-life balance. Told "not to work so hard", but then criticized for not delivering on time. If you put in the hours to deliver successfully and on time, told you have done a good job, but then criticized that you put too many hours/have time management issues. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

    IT leadership is thankless. It's not about what what accomplishments you had, it about what you can do for me now.

    There is no development path. They continue to come up with new schemes to make you think you have a chance like develop yourself and "getting out of your comfort zone", but the reality is no one will spend the time to give you a role that is out of your zone because it's more work for them.

    They continue to move jobs in the US and some UK to lower cost countries (Poland, Costa Rica, Malaysia). They are downgrading positions from Director to Manager. They are posting new "Manager level" positions at a lower band so they don't have to provide higher bonus % and shares of stock, yet it's the same responsibility as the Manager band that does receive those incentives. Very shady practices. All about the bottomline and not quality of work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Acknowledge your employees for the good that they do. If you want employees to get out of their comfort zone, then you must also 'force' hiring managers to bring in employees from other disciplines. Perhaps implement a true job swap program. Don't talk the talk, show that you can walk the walk.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Workplace, Good people to work with

    Cons

    Management is not good at communication


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Qa Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive culture and opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Compensation and titles do not equate to level of work being performed

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate compensation


  9. "Senior Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent overall culture of looking for opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Middle management is mostly clueless.


  10. "Hardworking group to learn from"

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    Former Intern - Intern in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Intern - Intern in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    One of my better internship experiences; the group I worked with was hardworking and really worked well together, which was a great way to gain mentorship and learn how to properly lead and motivate a group.

    Cons

    When they know you are an intern, it can be hard to take on responsibilities for things that will take you longer than you work there for to get proficient at.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, high quality science, laid back culture, good benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Lack of management transparency, politics, run down facility, lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    If we are serious about inclusion and diversity, we should re-think moving the R&D centers farther away from the city of Philadelphia


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