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Updated March 4, 2017
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  1. "Good until you resign"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Complex forward thinking company where a career could thrive. Plenty to do.

    Cons

    All values go out of the window when you want to leave, behaviours of the most senior personnel is despicable .

    Advice to Management

    Treat others the way you wish yo be treated


  2. Helpful (1)

    "PM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Brentford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Brentford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some very talented colleagues and genuine people

    Cons

    pretty much everything. management clueless, totally outdated technology - office 2007 in 2017 - really?

    Advice to Management

    clueless


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Corporate benefits, big gaps at site level"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good corporate benefits, excellent central training courses with management support to attend.

    Cons

    Not agile and very archaic documentation systems.
    Poor understanding of effective objective setting and performance management by local managers.
    Trying to implement a Lean culture and the links to the quality framework have not been effectively joined up.


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  5. "Marketing Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is higher than average for job level, company is a good steping stone due its big name.

    Cons

    Long hours are uncommon, very pressure driven

    Advice to Management

    Have more realistic deadlines and keep staff informed


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Endless changes and not for the better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company ethos e.g. diseases of developing world
    Some great employees who focus on developing medicines
    Size allows for gaining broader experience

    Cons

    Leaders don't follow GSK expectations consistently
    Lack of transparency for career development and inconsistent identification of "talent"
    Cumbersome process and systems

    Advice to Management

    Consistent application of performance and behavioural expectations
    Simply process and systems
    Employ people because they're the best candidate


  7. Helpful (2)

    "GSK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand reputation but living off past history
    Good facilities, although often locational challenges
    Many over paid for what they do

    Cons

    Outdated systems, processes, management
    Lack of fresh blood, people have been there for many years and it shows, no perception of the real world
    Too many old fat cats, jobs for the boys type scenario its who you know not what you know
    Can be very sexist old guard over promoting women at expense of hard workers
    Chaos over structure

    Advice to Management

    Bring in fresh blood at the top and then let the changes filter down. Falling behind competitors and lacking the vision to be a company of the future


  8. Helpful (1)

    "2016 Perspective"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great name to have on your CV, and worth while severance package

    Cons

    radically changing working environment, Pressure for delivery, Poor leadership strategically and day to day

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking out of the box, management only have the capacity to copy other models and not to able to invent their own solution. The grass roots of the company is rapidly changing with high staff turn over. But there are still the same director and VP dictating strategy. The company need fresh blood to come in and rethink the current paradigm either through promotion or external recruitment.


  9. "First"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Investigator in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientific Investigator in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Good benefits, flexible working, broad scope for opportunities to develop in different areas, reasonable security, ok ok ok ok ok

    Cons

    Work life balance, under resourced, continued cost cutting, low morale, disengaged management and lower levels, aging unenthusiastic workforce ok ok


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Great company benefits and great compensation packages. Good company reputation and worldwide reach.
    Plenty of opportunity to change jobs within the company.

    Cons

    Large organisation makes it bureaucratic.
    Promotion can take a while and is slow process.
    As it is a large company you do not feel like a decision maker.


  11. "GSK IT Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - IT Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - IT Intern in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment, hot desking, visibility of hierarchy, demanding at times, always work to do, opportunity to work with different people

    Cons

    Salary is quite low, very demanding work, work life balance, very expensive around london relating back to salary. busy around critical periods of the year.

    Advice to Management

    As we are still students, it would be great if the salary matched living wage in London, would also be great if there were travel opportunity



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