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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Cambridge Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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  • Work-life balance may be an issue - the pace is very high (in 40 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "SCIENTIST I"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Too much work and too big you are over work.


  2. "Salary"

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

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    1. Stable company, good opportunity to learn business

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities; too many levels of approvals to get things done

  3. "Great company with great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are very competitive and flexible work schedules. You work with a lot of very smart people and can learn a lot from them. Located close to red line train.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for non-science workers and open space work stations

    Advice to Management

    Create a pathway for administrative staff to advance


  4. "IT BA @ Novartis"

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    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Massachusetts in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global company; Our colleagues are working across the globe; We're working with very smart people; In the end company helps millions of people.

    Cons

    Huge company; Very long process of making decisions; Often very political; Sometimes it's seems easier and safer not to do anything rather than risking failure.

    Advice to Management

    We (IT) are not a true partners to business yet; Business often feels frustration when they need to engage us; Looks in many cases they trying hard not to engage IT at all b/c of all the overhead IT project brings. We need to work on making IT engagement seamless; (or at least work in this direction)


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities within the company.

    Cons

    Due to its large size, the company can be very bureaucratic!

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and value talent. Take more risks with your employees


  6. "Manager"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Worked with some big egos.


  7. "Intern experience with Novartis"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Current Intern - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People here are really nice and fun to work with. They are all knowledgeable and supportive.

    Cons

    Can be very busy sometimes.

  8. "In Technology, very disjointed"

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    Former Contractor - UI Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - UI Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture that promotes some aspects of technology, flexible hours, great work environment

    Cons

    Very short sighted when it comes to using technology. Only interested in current technology and not interested in other technologies that may be relevant. Management (or those given the illusion and responsibility of management) are not well organized and fail in communication. After meeting my hiring manager on the first day, I never heard from him again. The next senior person in the group was in charge and his management and communication skills were very weak.

    Advice to Management

    Better organization and communication. Stop making several versions of the same application for different groups, it is a tremendous amount of waste, in time and money.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nice compensation package, but no career development."

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    Current Employee - Scientific Associate II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientific Associate II in Cambridge, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Good Pay
    Good place to work if you have a young family

    Cons

    No career development, especially if you don't have a PhD
    No project input sought from staff that isn't management.
    You'll get a raise and a promotion, but your responsibilities will remain the same forever.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "overly bureaucratic but high quality science and well integrated multicultural work force"

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    Current Employee - Lab Head in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Lab Head in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stylish, European organisation. The company pays attention to detail whether it is science, regulatory, PR or employee satisfaction. Social in an American scale.

    Cons

    Lack of uniform standards in operation. One has to learn how to interact with individual departments. Supervisors often create stressful microenvironment and associates have little protection but seeking other jobs. Very male heavy management.

    Advice to Management

    The won't listen. Joe Jimenez is only recently took over leadership and too soon to tell. He may be too American (blunt and profit centric) for a European (more socially committed workplace) company.


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