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GlaxoSmithKline UK Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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  1. "R&D Clinical Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, career opportunities available

    Cons

    Mergers, downsizing, offshoring, caused the company to remove many benefits rewarded to hard-working, dedicated and ethical employees. Saving money in all areas of the company was more important than the quality of work produced.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the good-old days when it mattered that employees were happy and rewarded for their hard work and dedication.


  2. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Brentford, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Business Analyst in Brentford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work in remotely Friday
    Bike shop, hair salon and convenience stood at the Brentford site

    Cons

    Unreasonable level of control, supervision and
    Non negotiable attitude to ways of working
    A presumption of distrust regarding quality and approach to work

    Advice to Management

    If you employ professional contractors to carry out services at x hundred pounds per day, then please allow them to carry out thos serviced in the way they see fit.

    Don't treat contractors like employees and micro manage

    Integrate your teams better so the environment is less like working in a library and more like working for a vibrant FTSE 100 company which it is

  3. Helpful (2)

    "HR suppress salaries and manipulate young talent"

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    Current Employee - FLP Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - FLP Graduate in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and lots of development

    Cons

    very poor pay
    promotion of women above and beyond positive discrimination
    Only get promoted if people like you
    not competitive enough int he way we work

    Advice to Management

    Pay younger people more for working as hard as they do

    GlaxoSmithKline Response

    Aug 15, 2017 – External Comms Director

    Thank you for sharing feedback. I’m happy you’ve experienced work-life balance and are having meaningful opportunities to develop professionally. That’s very important to us too. We take pride in... More


  4. "worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barnard Castle, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barnard Castle, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    big company lots of work

    Cons

    big company usual problems communication


  5. "No opportunities to move on"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Stevenage, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job security , decent share buying options

    Cons

    Boring job , backstabbing by colleagues , everyday propaganda how great we are and how much we help the patients, very low job efficiency, very poor working standard, inability to raise concerns about poor data generated by colleagues without retaliation from management , horrible horrible PDP scoring system that promotes colelague backstabbing to promote yourself! , narcism being actively promoted rather than quality of work !

    Advice to Management

    Leave and let others do a better job


  6. "Marketing Assistant"

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Endless changes and not for the better"

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    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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "GSK"

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    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "2016 Perspective"

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    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.


  10. "First"

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    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


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