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GlaxoSmithKline Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "GSK - great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compliance Manager, Finance and Procurement in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Compliance Manager, Finance and Procurement in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible, current in philosophy, progressive, great culture

    Cons

    Regulatory environment and changes constantly impacting sales and costs

    Advice to Management

    Stay strong


  2. "Head of Data Anaytics and Reporting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provide new medicines and cures for society.

    Cons

    Many of our key senior roles are in the UK,

    Advice to Management

    GSK should act more global/ senior roles should be global.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cidra, PR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cidra, PR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Adquire knowlede and experience in most pharmaceutical manufacturing and equipment processes

    Cons

    No work-life balance
    Working several weekends


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  5. "Same Ol Same Ol"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Support in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - IT Support in Phila, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, salary and some of the people

    Cons

    Upper management could not make decisions and two years later still looks as if the same is continuing. If you are not in the "network" you have no chance of ever advancing and most of those in the network don't do or know much; that's why the share price continues to slide.

    Advice to Management

    Make a decision and stick with it for the long haul no matter how much it may hurt.


  6. "Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager - Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager - Operations in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Progressive company, great benefits, global community.

    Cons

    Limited positions outside of scientific positions which causes lower chance for progression in those positions.

    Advice to Management

    Consideration of non-scientific positions as integral to your business.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big Pharma Process-driven"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Investigator in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Investigator in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good friendly R&D colleagues at the RTP site, most of which were let go in 2015.
    Some "DPUs" were bringing some interesting programs to the pipeline.

    Cons

    Huge R&D organization with lots of layers, massive bureaucracy, all process driven with zero thinking or creativity, brutal inter-site competition. GSK now knows that it cannot compete as an R&D organization, it's unable to discover and develop new drugs, new CEO coming in 2017 to try to stop downward spiral, good luck.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Inside Sales Representative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, tuition reimbursement, great upper management. The company is amazing and has wonderful values and gives their employees incredible perks.

    Cons

    Micromanaged, lack of communication and respect, pushback from direct management when trying to apply for internal roles. The management of Inside Sales is awful. You are treated as if you are a child and while the rest of the departments enjoy work from home days, you are stuck at the office because direct management wants to monitor your every move. (Even though they record every single call) it is required that you record every call in 3 different systems and treat employees as if they are incompetent. The accounts the inside reps are given are absolutely terrible and most of the time you are just wishing you had something to do that way you are not reprimanded. The company is great but do not go into this department, if you are looking for a way to get your foot in the door, I suggest the cafeteria. Anything is better than this I have wasted 2 years of my life and now I'm looking to go to another company after too much pushback.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new job....


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pharma will always be vilified"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Investigator in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Investigator in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pharma will always be lucrative as long as they keep the development pipeline full of assets that can go onto successful trials, and there lies the Achilles heel of the industry. That and CEO issues and law suits.

    Cons

    GSK slaughtered its R&D presence in NC over a decade. Once a predominate tenant in the Research Park area, GSK left its employees with pro-rated severances and the area with shells of empty buildings for off-shored and contracted work. One excuse actually given in 2014, 'real-estate was cheaper in Philly.'


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Stale"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intent to seek new opportunities for growing the business. Promotion options seem to be available.

    Cons

    No concerted way of making well informed decisions. Mistrust of analytic solutions. Very near term focused; very risk averse. Promotions based on relationships vs skills or merit. Very UK centric. Most of the progressive thinkers in R&D have left due to frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up management decision making.


  11. "Vaccine inside sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Vaccine Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Vaccine Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    tuition reimbursement, unlimited PTO, holiday shut down. WFH policy, 35-hour work week.

    Cons

    micro-managing, they do not support you when you want to advance to another position. Management is horrible, they do everything else but manage the employees. The pay is no where near what they pay the field yet they hold you to those same standards. Lastly, they do not value their current employees at all, feels like your in elementary school.

    Advice to Management

    learn how to manage.


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