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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated October 12, 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. "Director, Digital Marketing"

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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 Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative company within Pharma industry.

    Cons

    Heavy workload and not always enough resources


  2. "Associate directly clinical development"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director Clinical Research in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director Clinical Research in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and supportive culture

    Cons

    work load varies and can be very high sometimes.

  3. "Researcher"

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

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

    Pros

    salary, people, big company creates opportunities

    Cons

    no pension, only 401K plan

    Advice to Management

    annual reviews in October, lose effectiveness of year end


  4. "sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Many sales divisions
    Large product pipeline

    Cons

    Large company
    Difficult to be promoted within company


  5. "Excellent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morris Plains, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morris Plains, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent retirement benefits, excellent 401K match and medical benefits

    Cons

    There are really no negatives about benefits or salaries.

    Advice to Management

    May be to reduce the management levels and keep span of management to 6 i.e. only 5 layers in between CEO and the lowest level in the company


  6. "A top company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Novartis was overall, a very good place to work. Very nice campus, challenging, but rewarding work. There are many opportunities to move into various areas of the company. Novartis encourages employees to grow their skills, and will pay for you to attend a class or pursue a degree. Overall, they seem to value their employees.

    Cons

    During the time I was there, they changed their organizational structure more than once. Having been in the industry, I now realize this is not unusual, but it can greatly impact the productivity of your job.


  7. "R&D at San Carlos Closing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    Pros

    Great people - especially those that came from Nektar acquisition.

    Cons

    R&D Site is closing son

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!

  8. "Sales"

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

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bonus structure, training, product knowledge, team motivation, seasoned representatives

    Cons

    Constantly changing products, territories, confusion, unequal pay for women, lack of pipeline


  9. "Not for the weak at heart"

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    Former Employee - Packaging Tech in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Packaging Tech in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Air conditioned. benefits are ok. Seriously cant think of anything else? You get 4 six flag tickets once a year.

    Cons

    Production area is run by a clique of unprofessional snot nosed kids who are in the business of retaliating and terminating and have no clue about what's actually going on in the production area. Seniority means nothing and the longer you are employed there, the more they use any excuse to terminate you. Parking is awful unless you like walking in all weather conditions. management encourages cut throat/dog eat dog mentality. A sterile fill employee was found seven days after he hung himself on the 3rd floor after his family got a warrant to have the building searched.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of conflict of interest in the FWN production area and managers/supervisors/group leaders who are not qualified to do their jobs. Start respecting and appreciating employees and stop the backstabbing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "1/2 star if possible"

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    Current Employee - Senior CRA
    Current Employee - Senior CRA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None to speak of, I actually feel bad...

    Cons

    Far too much to list. CRA Managers are the worst leaders I have come across in my lifetime.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of the "newer" CRA managers, complete lack of leadership and compassion. As evident during the recent storms that impacted the Southern United States


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