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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated May 25, 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 72 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "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. Helpful (1)

    "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

  3. "Great development"

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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

    Development is front and center at GSK which is helpful for motivated and gifted employees. Also tuition reimbursement is an incredible offer.

    Cons

    Salaries could be higher but with the new CEO coming in I think some big changes for the better are on the horizon.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great development and dedication to be leaders in the company. You have difficult jobs but people management is key to success.


  4. "Quality lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity and job satisfaction are good

    Cons

    Stability and constant reorgs are challenging

    Advice to Management

    Require less escalation and empower employees


  5. "Great benefits and balance"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of respect and togetherness - very rare to find yelling, politics, etc

    Work life balance is excellent

    Strong pay and bonus plans

    Good amenities in the office

    Management and leadership is accessible

    Cons

    Food and beverage quite expensive in cafe

    Technology - systems and hardware - can use improvement and upgrading on a more regular basis


  6. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good and there are really hard working people trying to do their best work

    Cons

    Constant change and turnover are taking their toll, morale is down and being micromanaged by the UK. UK ways of working do not always translate to the US. Poor raises and lack of promotion opportunity are difficult. No budget for continuing development or training.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people, pay them better and allow countries to modify to meet local business needs


  7. "Working experience at KOP of Pa"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Good commute, low stress, nice compus

    Cons

    Not much challenge or career development opportunity

  8. "getting better"

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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

    Easy to get behind the diseases they treat and strong pipeline

    Cons

    don't expect to move up in your career, they pre select everyone they want to promote.

    Advice to Management

    actually listen to your people


  9. "GSK"

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    Current Employee - Investigator in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Investigator in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for, lots of opportunity for development

    Cons

    constant changes in team and management


  10. "Difficult to advance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Benefit package with good work/life balance

    Cons

    No transparency and employee morale at all time low

    Advice to Management

    Stop the box checking and treat people like human beings instead of robots


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