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Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Good working culture and work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • A plethora of job opportunities with good benefits, compensation and work/life balance (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "NIBR is good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Investigator II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Investigator II 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

    Sound science, good resource, good work life balance, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    management can be conservative; there can be too many meetings; one need to learn to network and manage parallel and up


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Groomed by some, but bullied by othes"

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    Former Employee - Scientific Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientific Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fantastic colleagues, location central to schools, and great research

    Cons

    Micromanaged in every aspect. When speaking up or out, management will bully subordinates with support from others including HR and BPO. BPO does nothing for the associate(s) reporting, rather reports and findings are inconclusive. Multiple people have been identified in the report or have reported to the BPO to find out that associate(s) named (lower level or in a different group) were never questioned nor addressed of the issues reported (you are not to discuss the report, but the only way to find out if people are "really being addressed"-which they are NOT). Once you have reported concerns to HR, look for work elsewhere! When management team cannot find tangible reason to discredit or provide examples of issues, the only blame they place is on "difficult behaviors". HR isn't helpful as no resolution is ever reached and unable to provide exact examples or circumstances to pass such judgement (management of associates). Management are immune from repercussions of their unprofessional behaviors (reports to BPO).

    Favoritism runs rampant and those not qualified are promoted to positions they are not capable of (LAS Scientist - no publications, some have no degrees not equivalent to disease area Scientists - multiple publications, degrees are BS and above). No career growth for those genuinely wanting a career, again, favoritism for those with "years in the organization for some,not all" proves to override measurable accomplishments/qualifications.

    Find work elsewhere. You will get better opportunities, advancement/recognition based on work output and mostly RESPECT.

    Advice to Management

    None. They have lost many great employees due to the toxic environment created. Those wanting to make a positive impact have left the organization or into other areas of Novartis after spending 5-10+ years understanding that the current management will do as they please.

  3. "Micromanagement central - avoid"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager/Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager/Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better than average salary, good benefits package (number of vacation days , 401k plan, medical insurance, etc), on-site medical care, company store,

    Cons

    The company is burdened with far too much bureaucracy - getting something relatively simple done requires a great deal of effort and too many meetings.

    Recent changes in senior management have led to a chaotic work environment and left a large number of people unsure about their role or future in the organization

    The biggest issue though is the top-down style of (micro) management where even experienced team leaders are essentially powerless to make independent decisions, made worse by inflexible thinking by those empowered to make the decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy, set a clear direction for the company, but most importantly don’t over-manage the employees and their work.


  4. "Summer Scholar"

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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 Experience here. Only there for summer

    Cons

    NO CONS really. great community.


  5. "Investigator II bei NIBR"

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    Current Employee - Investigator II in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Investigator II in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    gutes Gehalt, gute Unternehmenskultur, angenehmes Arbeitsklima, schöne Büros

    Cons

    wenig flexibles, wenig Entwicklungsmöglichkeit, kaum Aufstiegsmöglichkeit in der Linie (nur quer), hoher Leistungsdruck

    Advice to Management

    Implement Values and Behaviors also for Management


  6. Helpful (1)

    "clinical operations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - vacation time
    - sick time
    - flexible schedule (dependent on your manager though)
    - holiday shutdown

    (look at that, the pros are when I don't have to be working)

    Cons

    - things move slowly
    - unclear processes
    - a lot of inexperienced people are brought in (very limited clinical trial experience) -- NIBR needs to provide adequate training

    Advice to Management

    recognize the talent you have. it's recognized that you have 'favorites' that move through the ranks quickly and whether these people are actually qualified to move up is questionable. the actual people that deserve to be moved up or around end up leaving.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (9)

    "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.


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