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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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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 95 reviews)

  • "Time consuming decision making process" (in 84 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Manager"

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager
    Current Employee - Quality Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, salary, benefits, opportunities

    Cons

    Dynamics from businesses mergers or losses resulting in site closures but unavoidable


  2. "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Senior District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Senior District Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People and talent, amazing products and solid clinical data! A company to be proud to work for based on the science and integrity. Higher end of pay for salary. Great benefits. At the forefront of doing the right thing in an industry finding it's way.

    Cons

    Lots of change. Trying to reinvent itself after the corporate integrity agreement. Having a hard time focusing on improving culture as they focus on sales performance.

    Advice to Management

    One size doesn't fit all (districts, territories). Careful not to squash inventive ways of working in markets that have challenges.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture for career growth"

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    one of the best for inclusion and diversity

    Cons

    sales incentive compensation model is antiquated


  4. "Good work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice facilities. Good work life balance. Manager sincerely takes your suggestions into account. Employs are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Fast pace and many meetings.


  5. "Cares more about profit than employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - 4o1k car etc

    Cons

    long hours - corporate red tape


  6. "Layoffs - Hiring- Layoffs-Hiring - Layoffs - Hiring"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hours, Benefits, Pay, location,

    Cons

    Went to GSK in hopes of staying until retirement. Was informed jobs are being outsourced.


  7. "Great place for a recent graduate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic environment with opportunities to contribute

    Cons

    Constant change and restructuring of the organisation

  8. "financial analyst"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good, interesting, social, environment

    Cons

    cost, restriction, low, budget, less, opportunities


  9. "Concerned for the future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    GSK pays very well with great benefits

    Cons

    Directionless with soft targets or unclear objectives
    Be careful when you speak up, as you will be unofficially classified as an undesirable.
    Emma has a tough rough as she is starting with R&D but then the rest of the company has some major contention. A lot of push/pull of new vs old way of executing.
    Generally not a healthy place to be at this time from a career perspective.
    Be very careful on coming here the sharks are swimming


  10. "Life a GSK"

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    Former Employee - Production Technician in Zebulon, NC
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Zebulon, NC
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great, one of the highest in the area. Great benefits. Work life balance is good and the site lead and upper level management work hard to make sure you are not only safe at work but also during any inclement weather events. Pretty relaxed atmosphere with alot of nice people to work with. I worked in two different departments. Solid dose is great, great people, everyone works together to make a great product. The other area I was in which I choose not to disclose was a mess and I have elaborated below in the cons section.

    Cons

    The particular department I was in was not managed well. Alot of gossip on every value stream level, backstabbing, finger pointing, childish workplace conflicts between coworkers on every shift. Lack of communication and collaboration between management, production, planning and maintenance. My department was understaffed and required over time every weekend( although not mandatory). There was talk of going to a 12 hour shift schedule the whole time I was in the department but it always fell through due to staffing issues and not having everyone on board. Newer employees were always in the shadows of senior techs/ favorites in management's eyes even if performance level was equal or better. No recognition for going above and beyond, the job can be very stressful depending on where your shift starts during the production process with no support and sometimes not having the right tools or the right people/resources to do the job correctly and efficiently. Equipment would break down with repetitive problems, no fix from engineering or maintenance. It was always a temporary band-aid repair or nothing causing it to just happen the next night or next week exc. Inappropriate relationships between supervisors and coworkers. The training program is flawed and almost non existent. The main trainer for my area would not give you the correct training to do your job and would with hold alot of information from the trainee in spite. There were a lot of shortcuts taken in my area behind closed doors not aligning with sop's, instances of falsification, back dating the list goes on.