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GlaxoSmithKline Senior Scientist Reviews

Updated Jun 27, 2019

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GlaxoSmithKline CEO Emma Walmsley
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  1. "Be Prepared to Ride the Wave"

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      Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Missoula, MT

      I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      When the organization commits to something, they commit. If your projects become priorities, there will be support and desire for results. You will be surrounded by talented coworkers and the means to achieve your goals. When times are good the company will commit to developing the skills of the team.

      Cons

      There will be initiatives that are driven by people you have not met, and have not engaged with you honestly. They will be filtered down the management chain in a game of telephone where messages can be mixed. Many of these initiatives are harmless, well-intended and a few are useful. Some are layevoffs/reorgs with an uncomfortable amount of positive spin. Patience and serenity are required.

      Advice to Management

      Less is more. Changes will always be required, but do not rush into change for change sake. This underminds urgent efforts down the road. Be direct with your employees, they can take bad news and in my experience were able to innovate and invent around technical issues.

      GlaxoSmithKline2017-11-13
    • "Sr.Scientist"

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      Current Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Love the opportunities to learn and grow. The culture is very caring and about employee development both onsite and back to school opportunities for extended growth. Good life work balance. Overall, love working for such a great company.

      Cons

      no real cons. Overall having a great experience working for GSK.

      GlaxoSmithKline2017-10-09
    • "Moved Forward"

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      Current Employee - Senior Scientist 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline

      Pros

      Good work life balance

      Cons

      Poor personnel development and overly competitive. Management overlooks achievement

      Advice to Management

      Create a better work environment

      GlaxoSmithKline2017-10-31
    • Helpful (1)

      "GSK"

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      Current Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Great atmosphere and culture... Award system is great... The science is top notch... Friendly people... Focused on development... Work on cutting edge targets

      Cons

      Salary is on the lower end... yearly rating system to determine bonuses is a forced distribution... laboratory equipment is outdated... going to smart lab

      Advice to Management

      Lose the forced distribution rating system

      GlaxoSmithKline2017-09-07
    • "Sr. Scientist"

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      Current Employee - Senior Scientist 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Development opportunities for growth within department and outside

      Cons

      Lack of clear top down communication

      GlaxoSmithKline2017-09-09
    • "Patient focused company"

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      Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great career development opportunities, rigorous scientific environment, encouraged and empowered to perform well through leadership, new lab spaces in the Upper Providence site are refreshing

      Cons

      R&D in the US is restricted to greater PA area after recent consolidation, less freedom to explore scientific curiosity if the question does not relate enough to the project or company goals (but that's just industry)

      GlaxoSmithKline2017-03-27
    • "Place of many changes"

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      Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at GlaxoSmithKline for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Pay, work environment, flexible work options

      Cons

      constant restructuring, general air of uncertainity

      GlaxoSmithKline2016-07-11
    • "Senior Scientist"

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      Former Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

      Pros

      Excellent overall culture of looking for opportunities to learn.

      Cons

      Middle management is mostly clueless.

      GlaxoSmithKline2016-06-15
    • Helpful (4)

      "Average"

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      Current Employee - Senior Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

      I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      I have worked at the company for 3 years and the best thing about the job is the people that I work with on a daily basis. I work with a lot of great people who are smart and talented. There appears to be opportunity for development and movement into other roles. There is pretty good work/life balance.

      Cons

      Boy's club atmosphere (at least in my department), and difficult to get promoted if you don't have a PhD or a chemical engineering degree. Upper management is dysfunctional and some are completely out of touch with how the work actually gets done. Communication and teamwork between departments needs improvement. I feel that the company has gotten too big to be efficient.

      Advice to Management

      Get rid of the dead weight managers who are driving people from the company.

      GlaxoSmithKline2016-02-04
    • "Good benefits, Constant change..."

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      Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cary, NC
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at GlaxoSmithKline for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Excellent benefits and pay; Hire well-educated, dedicated scientists

      Cons

      Constant change and re-organization; little opportunity for growth/ promotion

      GlaxoSmithKline2015-08-06
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