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Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Reviews

Updated August 5, 2017
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  • Still a large company - dragged down by bureaucracy (in 10 reviews)

  • ngig von Dynamik in der Gruppe, hochleistungsorientiert, starker Druck, schlechte Work-Life-Balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Scientific Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Lots of resources to do exploratory work and gain new insights in drug discovery

    Cons

    Depending on the manager it can be a tough work load

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work culture


  2. "GNF"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good Science. The management works hard to do what is right for the employees

    Cons

    becoming more and more mired in bureacracy

  3. "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge research, friendly work culture.

    Cons

    Commute to Cambridge, Expensive parking


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Downward Spiral"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This place was a great place to work when the site focused on Oncology. After ID and its Management came to Emeryville the site began its downward spiral.

    Some pros while I was there: Unlimited sick days, generous vacation package.

    Cons

    Incompetent managers continuously throwing subordinates under the bus, managers taking credit for others work, Sr. leadership fails to recognize and reward good work and rampant misogyny throughout - especially the Medicinal Chemistry department.


  5. "whether it is good or bad depends on where you are"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    not very busy, usually. relatively stable. reasonable salary.

    Cons

    much politics like other big pharma since it can be afforded here. could be slow in decision.


  6. "Technical"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, challenging and interesting science, benefits, work / life balance.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities to collaborate with outside experts, no budget for travel to conferences/meeting, very difficult to publish & patent

    Advice to Management

    Innovation opportunities, investing in new cutting edge technologies is slow and desease area dependent.


  7. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A stimulating and rewarding environment of physicians and scientists working together to make and refine new treatments for human disease

    Cons

    A very large company, with some bureaucracy, thought not as much as one would think

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good Salary and Benefits, Clueless Leaders"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Some departments have flexible schedules, which is great. Ample vacation and personal days. They are also flexible about letting people work from home in bad weather.

    Cons

    Leadership seems clueless most of the time. Everyone seems to have their own agendas and are not actually working towards the organization's goals. All levels seem scared of making decisions. Most people have to leave company for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    NIBR seems very unfocused and scattered. It would be great if communication was clear and leaders could get on the same page. It seems like people are more focused on securing resources to do their jobs and not actually focused on science.


  9. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits with a variety of opportunities to explore career development

    Cons

    Tough work culture, with poor communications channels to upper management

    Advice to Management

    Better communications and interpersonal skills


  10. "Lots of learning opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities here

    Cons

    Hierarchical management. Lots of committees. Managerial opportunities limited.


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