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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated October 16, 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 93 reviews)

  • "Site leaders does not follow GSK Values during every decision making" (in 79 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (15)

    "Great Company, Good Values:Ethical!"

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    "Glaxosmithkline has been an outstanding employer."

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    Current Employee - Executive Sales Representative in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Sales Representative in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The superior products my company manufactures. The outstanding support for their employees. The excellent benefits they have always offered.

    Cons

    Current;y we are in a downsizing time and the biggest challenge is the reduction in our division by 40%.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the field and trying to hear and accommodate our requests to release energy and increase performance.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Highest quality professionals to work with
    Great teamwork - no agendas. Lowest analyst has equal voice on team with SVP.
    Very competitive pay and great benefits
    Patient focused

    Cons

    Inherent with drug development - frustrating to work on projects that fail


  4. "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working environment and flexibility

    Cons

    Do not have any to share


  5. "Amazing company with great oppurtunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's great. I love the company and the job.

    Cons

    The IT support isn't great.


  6. "Great Company"

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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

    Great benefits, flexible working, development opportunities

    Cons

    None that I could think of


  7. "Brand Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    work on some amazing brands

    Cons

    some processes need revamping, slow in adaptation

  8. "Compensation + opportunities for professional growth"

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

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline part-time

    Pros

    One of the only jobs in a long career where I felt there was no hesitation to compensate me at a level that matched my experience; my incoming salary as a PT employee (35 hrs per week) was $25K more than my fulltime salary at SAS after a number of years in which the majority of people in my dept. saw very little growth in compensation and zero opportunity for professional advancement/changes in job descriptions. While I was only at GSK for a few years and did have a PT position, I saw a number of examples of FT, longtime employees getting opportunities to spend six months in a different department, job-share, get training, etc. Benefits were also great.

    Cons

    As a newcomer to the company working many (great) people who had been there for decades, I found that it could sometimes be difficult to break into the "inner circle" and be included in certain projects. I brought a lot of good, relevant experience into the department, but I had to keep reminding them that I was happy to help and had some expertise with certain kinds of projects. As a PT person, I knew some of that was just a given, but it was also a shame to be under-utliized sometimes. At the end of my time there, we shifted to open workspace and "hoteling" -- where you never sit in the same place every day and keep your belongings in a file drawer. I saw few benefits - it was a drag to have no bit of real estate to call your own and put personal touches on, and my team was less connected instead of more, simply because we no longer sat together. Everyone was far-flung.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give new employees more opportunity to play a role and share their knowledge; you don't have to be in middle school to find it annoying that you and others on a team are not viewed as the "cool kids." This likely also applies to longtime employees who may be less inclined to speak up and ask to be included and respected in the same way that the cool kids on the team are.


  9. "Associate Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Great people, Fair pay, good culture.

    Cons

    not enough vacation time to start


  10. "Senior Director Commercial"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Outstanding employees
    Valuable purpose

    Cons

    Frequent restructure
    Lack of transparency to exec leadership decisions on org changes


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