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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated August 21, 2018
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GlaxoSmithKline Chief Executive Officer Emma Walmsley
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  • "Work life balance is geared towards more work than a life" (in 94 reviews)

  • "Decision making can be poor at times leading to missed opportunities" (in 75 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "Great Company, Good Values:Ethical!"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    GSK care about doing drug development right, truthful marketing of and and 360 care and growth of its employees. If you're lucky enough to get an offer from this 5-star company, don't think twice about accepting it!

    Cons

    I have no criticisms to offer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. "Senior Subject Matter Expert"

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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 corporate culture, friendly employees

    Cons

    sometimes favoritism given to certain people who don't deserve it

    Advice to Management

    stronger control needed over contractors

  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Large company, good connections, wide opportunity

    Cons

    Treat you as a number


  4. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Great PTO especially after 10 years; good benefits; work-life balance was positive

    Cons

    Constant strategy changes; poor support for displaced imployees


  5. "Sales rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. High performing teams.

    Cons

    Changing landscape of healthcare making the job less attractive

    Advice to Management

    Adapt to the change and focus less on metrics


  6. "Great work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Internal training

    Cons

    Needs to improve diversity efforts


  7. "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, PTO (with year end shutdown), coworkers

    Cons

    Management & work environment. Management seems to be more interested in meeting metrics than about their employees

  8. "Senior Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Excellent dedicated senior management and the culture of the organization

    Cons

    Sometimes a lot of politics in the work environment


  9. "Senior Sales Representative"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. I represented drugs that truly made a difference in patient outcomes, and therefore it was easy to passionate about my job. Great manager. Training was not easy. However, I was last employed 13 years ago. GD doesn't offer ability to note that above. Before being hired, I was given a pharmacology book on a Friday, and had to take a 100 question multiple choice test the following Monday - before I was hired. I then had a month of home study for each product, each month being followed by a trip to Orlando to take a test. All of that was followed by 3 weeks of intense sales training in the home office. I hear the training is not as intense any longer, that there may be a few trips to home office for a period of a few days at a time. Some of it is done online now. I would love to return to GSK!

    Cons

    My only real complaint is that I was due an earned promotion before I went out on maternity leave. I was told they'd just process it while I was out. Turns out I had a child born with a birth defect, and was unable to return at that time. So now my resume doesn't reflect that promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hold out on promotions that have been earned!! Otherwise, I really did love everything about working for GSK!


  10. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Promotes healthy lifestyle for employees.

    Cons

    Process gets in the way of progress.


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