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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated January 14, 2018
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  1. "Enjoyed working here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Great environment. It's an interesting business doing great work. Senior management is more involved and engaged than any I've worked with for years.

    Cons

    Any company with multiple sites has challenges with cultural differences, silos, and communication.

    Advice to Management

    Keep developing and recognizing high potential talents


  2. "Good stable company, struggling to grow"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Vice President in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally good team environment, stable, good benefits matching and stock, pay is little lower on base that other companies. Ethical and cares about customer

    Cons

    Always focused on internal cutting cost versus growth for, Decisions made but with lots of governance and too collaborative at times. Pace can be challenge with tough targets for resources

    Advice to Management

    Truly learn to invest and grow key talent

  3. "Good company but some opportunities for improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Great Mission, Great Products, Scientific Innovation, Global Company

    Cons

    Technology innovation is lacking in many areas, minority representation especially within the HR function in the US is very low


  4. "SAS Programmer"

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    Former Employee - SAS Programmer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - SAS Programmer in Durham, NC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work accommodations. Fairly flexible about working from home and time off. Great colleagues!

    Cons

    You or your whole group can be let go at any given moment.


  5. "Same old same old..."

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    Current Employee - Internal Consultant
    Current Employee - Internal Consultant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great talent. On paper things are good.
    Good benefits, vacation, year end shutdown.

    Cons

    Bad leadership.
    Too many redundant initiatives and not always sure who owns what or why.
    Favorite employees get promoted.
    Otherwise it’s almost impossible to move from a grade 7 to a 6. Been trying for about a decade - with good year end reviews each year, so at this point I’m close to giving up and leaving - despite how much I actually enjoy my role.
    I report to someone less experienced and less qualified than me - and see less experienced, capable and qualified people given opportunities - my 1:1 discussions are good but my manager has never been able to articulate exactly what gaps I’m missing that others don’t have. Very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to the talented people within the organization who have shown dedication and loyalty over the years. We really do care and it’s disconcerting when politics takes precedence over someone being committed to and passionate about the company. It’s a real shame.
    Some roles have no real career path upwards and it’s just so frustrating.


  6. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boone, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Boone, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free pizza on Fridays is awesome, having the freedom to relax is cool

    Cons

    Small bathrooms so you really can't enjoy yourself like you are supposed to.

    Advice to Management

    More pizza


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior pharmaceutical rep"

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    Former Employee - Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Scranton, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Scranton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing. Your coworkers become family

    Cons

    If you have a problem with your manager they will take their side anytime even though they have evidence that they are wrong you are disposable

    Advice to Management

    When a rep tells you that their manager has behaved inappropriately please believe them

  8. "Senior scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Good place. Hiring freeze good

    Cons

    Hiring freeze. Bad cafeteria. Bad food

    Advice to Management

    Stocks stink. Please do something


  9. "Pharmaceutical Sales Rep"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products and great benefits. The people that work for GSK are very willing to help you when you are interested in developing and growing your career.

    Cons

    Very demanding schedule, not much work life balance. Lots of changes in strategy so territory and customers are always changing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your sales people for strategy ideas, they are in front of the customer everyday


  10. "Job search"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Nice people who work there

    Cons

    Big place you can get lost


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