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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated October 21, 2017
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  1. "It has been a great company."

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    Current Employee - Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has great benefits, the medicines and truly change lives so that is rewarding.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is the way we are currently bonuses. You could have the top sales, the highest call averages and top metrics, but if your boss doesn't like you, you won't get a bonus and may be in jeopardy of losing your job.


  2. "Great company to work in."

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits ,salary ,many career opportunities.

    Cons

    no real cons. Overall having a great experience working for GSK

  3. "I enjoy my work."

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

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Lots of exposure to world markets.

    Cons

    Getting promoted is difficult. Open positions need to be available in order to move up.


  4. "Sr.Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Love the opportunities to learn and grow. The culture is very caring and about employee development both onsite and back to school opportunities for extended growth. Good life work balance. Overall, love working for such a great company.

    Cons

    no real cons. Overall having a great experience working for GSK.


  5. "-"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Big pipeline, good benefits, dedicated employees.

    Cons

    With each acquisition they seem to restructure.


  6. "long time employee"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The pay was good and the ability to work at home was a great benefit. Compared to other companies the medical benefits were still decent.

    Cons

    Moving to hot-desking everywhere (including labs!). Like most companies they are in a constant state of downsizing. Benefits were getting reduced as well. Most IT was outsourced.


  7. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    great culture, payment is good

    Cons

    Lack of internal organization, changes within the company

  8. "Sales Specialist"

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

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    GSK has great products and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    GSK's incentive comp plan is terrible. Sales reps are given a "rating" by their manager and it's very subjective. Sales reps are not bonused on their sales numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Change your incentive comp plan


  9. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working environment and offers great benefits.

    Cons

    Bonus structure and criteria for bonuses is terrible. No room for advancement. Upper managements expectations are completely unrealistic.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Large Pharma"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional company atmosphere; culture is to do the right thing and have patients as first priority; goal is to be a trusted pharma company

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; continuous reorganizations what result in unexpected downsizing and ending of projects without much notice; change to processes and team structure at a rapid pace; employees are often overworked or not secure in future; many employees are contract workers or ex employees who were laid off and have been hired back without benefits

    Advice to Management

    monitor employee workload; invest in full time employees


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