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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Emeryville Reviews

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Emeryville, CA

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  • Work/Life balance skewed towards work (in 41 reviews)

  • High work load throughout the company and hard to achieve unless you work significant extra hours (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Decent company, good people"

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    Current Employee - QC Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - QC Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is many opportunities for growth within the company.

    Cons

    Needs more structure and organization


  2. Helpful (1)

    "QA/ QC Analyst"

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    Former Employee - QA/QC Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - QA/QC Analyst in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is used to be nice environment to work with Chiron Corp. After Novartis took over everything is completed different .

    Cons

    I think is all about the business, alway chop! chop! and pressure

  3. "I got whiplash from the number of times management changed their minds"

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    Current Contractor - Associate in Emeryville, CA
    Current Contractor - Associate in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good commute, non "upper" management level people were awesome, had a really good boss but unfortunately he could not handle the crazy dramatic inconceivable personalities around him

    Cons

    Swear to god, i think there are some governments run better than Novartis Emeryville

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic about goals and timelines. Don't just implement a system or change without good communication.


  4. "Rigid place to work - if you have any autonomy in your soul, avoid all costs."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you love pharmaceuticals, and you love precision and not communicating with others, you'll be happy here.

    Cons

    No real community effort here. It's cubicle heaven.

    Advice to Management

    Let people breathe. Get some communication going and getaway from the uber-Germanic approach of work for work's sake.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis is okay if you're into big pharma; better than Genentech."

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    Former Employee - CRA in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - CRA in Emeryville, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The location was great before they moved the jobs to New Jersey. Employees are expected to know the science whether you're in research or not (this is good). They are cutting edge on some projects.

    Cons

    Inflexible management. Poor pay. Paternalistic attitudes. Authoritarian. A little bit siloed but not bad. They don't expect enough from their employees and so they don't get anything more than government work.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage new ways to do things. Expect people to create change and to do things better than before. Accept the West Coast and it's culture. Triage the work - some of the stuff just doesn't need to be done. Stop acting out of fear and encourage enthusiasm.


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