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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated March 26, 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. "Poor Leadership"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great drug
    Generally very good, tenured sales counterparts
    Opportunities in other business units and departments, if interested.
    Great benefits processes (i.e. Reimburse Me App)

    Cons

    Poor access pull through
    Poor communication from leadership and marketing to the field
    Poor Training
    Poor leadership
    Poor Marketing
    Inexperience of leadership in market/product

    Advice to Management

    Learn/listen


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Equitable benefits to other Pharma. Nice campus in NJ

    Cons

    Centralized corporate structure and recent changes have changed culture dramatically in recent years.


  3. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Senior Specialty Sales in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Specialty Sales in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good money and benefits with company car.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, overwhelming amount of admin, and meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Try hiring mature and motivated employees.


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  5. "associate director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Short Hills, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Short Hills, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    busy job, which makes jobs stable in some aspects, bigger company usually have more projects coming all year along

    Cons

    no promotion and less career development

    Advice to Management

    need to retain the talented people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Trending downward"

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was once a good company that cared about employees. Salary was well within market standards. Peer environment was strong.

    Cons

    Just saw a review that ranked it last among Pharma companies to work for and I am not surprised. Severed the entire Neuro-psych division 3 days before Christmas. Eliminated every DM and Acct Mgr with CV experience to save a few $ and create a "new team"

    Advice to Management

    Read "The Speed of Trust" because your credibility is worthless


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Juvenile / High School Clique Management Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is (was?) great as evidenced by the quality of cars in the car park; I have seen a Maserati, Tesla, and even a Ferrari in the "common" (i.e. non-executive) lot.

    Cons

    While every company has internal politics, it's as if Novartis management - no leadership here - and HR actively encourage it. In short, this once great company is now run by a high school clique mentality, where promotions and positions are dolled out based on beauty not merit.

    Also, Novartis recently moved all of HR, IT, Sourcing, and other back office functions into a shared service. While there will be no impact on headcount. jobs will be shifted to Hyderabad, Prague, and Dublin. Total compensation will be cut, and the few opportunities there were will be given to "the club" of the privileged few who run this place. So if you're looking for a back office spot, consider moving to India or Eastern Europe.

    As an example of how many employees are dissatisfied (and only really staying because the pay is great), the brilliant Novartis HR team sent out a memo about end of year reviews and actually highlighted the appeals process. Specifically, they mentioned it in the subject (ala "End of Year Reviews and Appeals Need to Be Completed By XX Date."). Really? Shouldn't appeals be the exception to employee reviews? By calling it out in the subject and detailing the process in the body of the email, HR is basically recognizing the fact that the appeals process at Novartis is now status quo for end of year reviews, with a significant percentage of employees invoking it. Let that be an indication of the kind of environment

    Advice to Management

    Why bother? I feel that if they even care to see these reviews, they'll just laugh, checking the value of their options and laughing at the little gal/guy.


  8. 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


  9. "Toxic IT environment"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary & benefits OK, but not keeping pace with industry. Continuous downsizing.

    Cons

    Jobs being shed and outsourced, but individual responsibilities continuously increased. Non-technical managers making bad technical decisions. No accountability at top. Weak management of offshore vendors. You are a commodity and constantly reminded of it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop covering up your mistakes. Admit them, learn from them and improve you processes. Let the technical folks (who have hands-on experience) weigh in for better decision support.


  10. "Management should listen more to their employees."

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    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks, a lot of flexibility to work remotely and in regards to schedule.

    Cons

    There is a huge lack of communication and cooperation between different functions and between management and employees. There is little openness to challenge of ideas and subject matter experts are usually disregarded. People work in silos, and the organization is hugely political.

    Advice to Management

    Consider listening to your people more, you have a lot of very experienced knowledgable people that can contribute greatly to the business. People are passionate and feel valor ate when they are listened to and considered. Additionally, try to on board people better, a lot of teams, people is thrown to a position with no guidance what so ever and sometimes with not very welcoming teams.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Upper management's fantasy world allows them to believe they've reinvented the wheel"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Neuro Psych Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Neuro Psych Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Direct report management was great

    Cons

    The upper management is either in denial or smoking something

    Advice to Management

    Listen to "the front lines!" ((Sadly, this will never happen, rather it's easier to stay quiet, check Facebook & collect an unreasonably high salary to look busy while making no difference whatsoever. Thank God for R & D!


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