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Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  • Still a large company - dragged down by bureaucracy (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1. "NITD"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment with friendly staffs and work benefits

    Cons

    Bellcurve rating for year end appraisal


  2. "Excellent company to work for. Dedicated group of scientists and great camaraderie."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant 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

    Compensation, benefits, time off, new buildings.

    Cons

    Some directors let the power go to their heads and mistreat others.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the non/scientists as well as the scientists. They are also good at what they do.


  3. "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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  5. "The best pharma company to be engaged in leading-edge science and discovery"

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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

    Scientific excellence and commitment to unmet medical need

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and slow operational decision-making process


  6. "Director of Operation"

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Typical large organization int the pharma business

    Cons

    a bit old and many employees seems to be a bit less engaged

    Advice to Management

    Non


  7. "Good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are generally smart, hard-working, buy in to the mission of helping patients. Salary is great, benefits are very nice.

    Cons

    Turnover is WAY too high, projects get disrupted all the time. Seems that I attend a going-away party every week. Loyalty to company is low because company has no loyalty for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Institute some sort of reward system to promote long-term talent retention. Clearly restricted stock is not enough when it's equivalent to a signing bonus at any other company.


  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Scientist II
    Current Employee - Scientist II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits
    Multi-cultural environment
    Innovation is encouraged

    Cons

    No stock options at associate level

    Advice to Management

    Promote awareness


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Great salary, bad atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary indeed. At the same time - good restaurants (where the prices are horrifyingly high), beautiful campus.
    Extremely good hiring taste: they are hiring very talented and bright people.

    Cons

    1) Horrible atmosphere between colleagues, fear and suspicion, you have to be very careful what you say and how you look to others. People are constantly scared about being fired during the next restructuring. Soon after I left, two thirds of my ex-colleagues were fired due to restructuring. Actually, all the good people were let go, and all the plastic ones stayed. What is valued in this company in general is correct visibility: you should show off in front of right people.
    2) The functionality of the whole system is poor. Decisions are not made, improvements are not made, any change is happening terribly slow.
    3) Destroyed morals due to constant hire-fire-fire-fire politics of the management
    4) Integrity has a zero value. Instead - cautiousness and pretence.
    5) Innovation is killed due to the culture of fear and the general size of the corporation with very slow changes
    6) no onboarding process, no trainings, no introduction of any sort. You have to catch every person to be able to ask questions
    7) Colleagues don't say hello to each other, don't talk during lunch (even if you eat next to them), generally very unfriendly to newcomers, because nobody is seeing you as someone to stay, they've seen it all - and have seen hundreds of people come and go, they just can't waste their time to be friendly
    8) Brainwashing seems to be a common practice: to "motivate" employees the company repeats again and again how great we are, how awesome we are, when in fact the salaries are completely in range with the rest of the pharma market, the company fires people again and again to raise the stock prices - but this is never discussed out loud, because most of the people are brainwashed
    9) No work-life balance. The head of NIBR famously disliked this phrase, and it wasn't even considered appropriate to say these words. Besides that, colleagues normally don't say that they have kids, that they have weekend plans, you might work several years next to someone and not know that they have any private life. It is simply because people are not willing to show vulnerabilities
    10) Even fans of the company and the people who said good words about the company - usually changed their minds after they were fired during the restructuring
    11) Often people leave Novartis for Roche - and this is a good idea! Heard many times how happy they felt there in comparison with Novartis

    Advice to Management

    No advices. They care only about stock prices.


  10. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, great benefits, true focus on science

    Cons

    No real cons on this company


  11. Helpful (12)

    "Go there for the paycheck, if you have something else going in life"

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    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Benefits
    - Excellent work-life balance

    Cons

    - Don't expect to be challenged
    - Not a place to help you grow/build a career
    - Has become very bureaucratic
    - Objective performance measurement does not exist at any level...it's all about who says the right story to the right people. Very political environment.
    - Filled with "C" Players...and continues to hire "C" Players


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