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East Hanover, NJ

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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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  • Can get overworked if you don't understand how to establish expectations on work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Senior management needs to improve on biased aspects (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Medical Director"

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    Current Employee - Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company. Good resources to get your work done. Execution on clinical trials is superior. Beautiful campuses. Respect for time off.

    Cons

    Rigid organization. It is difficult to innovate. Impossible to transfer from one department or group to another. HR doesn't understand skills needed to advance the business. Unproductive competition among associates.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need to encourage and protect innovation


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Rigid organization"

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    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is reasonable and benefits are good. Novartis is a company with global reach with resources for global projects.

    Cons

    There are many layers of redundant people and many without a lot to do. It can be difficult to move projects forward because of the bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Much of middle level management hardly works. Consider reducing the use of HR in talent planning. Focus on the productivity of staff. The company is paying for a lot of corporate deadwood in East Hanover.

  3. "Scientist with 6 years experience"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close to home and good benifit

    Cons

    Inprove performance review system and life/work balance

    Advice to Management

    improve poor management


  4. Helpful (4)

    "The Land of CYA"

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    Former Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The comp package is quite good, but expect to work hard to keep it.

    Cons

    The politics are overwhelming, so be prepared to wade through the mire of red tape.
    The corporate motto may be "Caring and Curing" but the actuality is "make your numbers or your fired."

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Open workspace isn't the answer to becoming a great company.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Keep your resume updated."

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    Former Employee - Corporate Drone in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Corporate Drone in East Hanover, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    NVS provides great benefits and the tradeable options are great in this economy.

    Cons

    Despite what Senior Management say, the culture is "make your numbers or you're fired."
    Lousy severance package.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to what your employees are saying rather than what you THINK they're saying.


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