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GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines Chief Executive Officer Emma Walmsley
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Pros
  • Working in GSK can maintain your work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Global Company that offers good benefits and decent compensation (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • No more enthusiasm from top management (in 4 reviews)

  • Trop grand , trop vaste , et parfois difficile de savoir qui fait quoi (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Immunization sales specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great company with many perks. Benefits are unbelievable. Pension, 401k, dental, car, cell phone etc.

    Cons

    Below average salary within the industry. Not a lot of feel promotion opportunities.


  2. "GSK does not invest in inside sales reps"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay for entry level job but below industry standard. Ample vacation and personal time. 401K and benefits! Very talented and smart colleagues. Ability to work from home.

    Cons

    -Inexperienced managers (no sales experience in sales!)
    -micro managers
    -lack of trust and respect for employees from managers
    -favoritism to tenured employees who lack skills and abilities that are expected for new employees
    -lack of communication between managers
    -managers that are not leaders and are only concerned with self agenda or career path
    -no true promotions (i.e. a position opens, anyone can apply)
    -ability to work from home but rarely granted on request
    -major pay differences between team members but everyone shares same responsibilities and more is expected from new team members
    -tenured people are not properly trained in selling ways and can not provide guidance or direction

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be managers and be a leaders. Treat everyone the same and have higher expectations for the tenured employees. Pay attention to tenured peoples abilities and negative attitudes. Put more trust into your employees and stop micro managing. Take more self accountability.

  3. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Quality Systems Document Coordinator in Lancaster, PA
    Former Employee - Quality Systems Document Coordinator in Lancaster, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, bonuses, company shutdown over Christmas

    Cons

    Not much mobility at some sites


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Rockville Vaccines - excellent new place to work"

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    Current Employee - Process Improvement, Performance & Risk Management in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Process Improvement, Performance & Risk Management in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    an excellent place to work with an excellent mission - to provide the best new vaccines to as many people as possible at the most reasonable prices possible. GSK is the polar opposite of Martin Shkreli-type pharma in every conceivable way.
    I came to GSK as my first for-profit job after a career in non-profit humanitarian work, drawn by the potential for helping their new vaccine pipeline save far more lives than my career in humanitarian work was able to achieve. I was very suspicious of what working for GSK would be like, but have been pleasantly surprised in every way. In some ways, it is even more of a positive, nurturing, "do-gooder" environment with people even more committed to making the world better than most of the NGOs for which i had previously worked.

    Leadership on site is open and accessible and committed to doing good work in the world and maintaining a really positive work environment.

    the new R&D center is in an innovative and newly renovated complex in Rockville, and they make open space working an excellent experience from the very top to the very bottom. No one has an office and people are incredibly friendly and make the open space a real pleasure. I used to have a really nice corner office suite downtown and I like this new situation far more than that.

    Cons

    It is still part of a big multinational company, and while even the CEO is fully committed to the good work and to transparency, integrity, respect, and patient-focus, it still comes with a slow and somewhat dysfunctional corporate bureaucracy. It can take days to get a computer, weeks to get access to critical systems, and months to become fully productive because of this, but at least upper management is aware of these problems and trying to fix it (but turning a ship this size takes a long time, even for the captain).

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work, stay committed to the values, but also try harder to fix the dysfunctional systems, starting with more empowerment of front line workers to allow them to solve more of the systemic/bureaucratic problems.


  5. "marrieta"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Marietta, PA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Marietta, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good focus on the job. Reasonable facilities, excellent training program. Operations people were very good at their roles. Treated temp and contracted people ok

    Cons

    Way to politically constrained to be a fully effective organization. It was more about who said what than what was said. If you were a sr manager you called the shots. If your manager had a brain, you were ok, if not you were screwed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing so much via contracted people, if they are good at what they do and you keep replacing them every 2 years guess what you need the full time head count and your morale would go up.


  6. "Don't Do It"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, good hours for overtime

    Cons

    Out of touch management, lot's of delays in production schedule due to easily avoidable mistakes, low pay for the area, advancement based on politics not skill.

    They boast that the product comes first but it's all about the EPS of the stock. None of their products matter as long as the stock goes up. We will see this once Advair comes off patent.

    Advice to Management

    Change up middle management to proactively solve problems not become reactive when they come up and show more pride in employees. The "No Blame" culture leads to hostility between Co-workers who know when corners are being cut and it also leads to a "no recognition" culture as well.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Senior director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Passionate people, fair compensation, good benefits

    Cons

    Lots of changes throughout the organization on a relatively frequent basis so it's difficult to see one plan become embedded and bear fruit.

    Advice to Management

    Change is necessary but monitor and evaluate changes before changing direction yet again.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Very good support and training from management"

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    Current Employee - Vaccine Representative in West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Vaccine Representative in West Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supervisors are very helpful and interactive... Never had an issue that I couldn't find help or support for. Keep up the good work

    Cons

    Cant really think of much to say... Corporate can be a bit political at times and sometimes worried about lay offs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "U.S. World Leader Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Start-up new market opportunity, pioneering spirit
    Smart and wonderful colleagues
    Excellent pipeline of Vaccines

    Cons

    Requiring current employees to move from locations
    Slow processes

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in people and culture


  10. Helpful (1)

    "GSK Vaccines Hamilton"

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    Current Employee - Production Lead in Hamilton, MT
    Current Employee - Production Lead in Hamilton, MT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global Company that offers good benefits and decent compensation. One of the best employers in the local area. Great opportunities to learn how a global business works.

    Cons

    Hamilton has very few opportunities due to the small size. What opportunities there are often given to more politically agile or personnel who are in cliques within a group. Salary is lower than the industry standard due to the lack of competition and the view that living in a place like Montana should make up about 20-30% percent of your salary.

    Advice to Management

    The small size of the local site and community means that everyone knows each other. I feel like this often times leads to people picking favorites. Senior managers especially seem to be very disconnected from the day to day work that occurs at the site.


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