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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated November 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. "Patient Services Liaison"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very good compensation and time off. Some wonderful people on my team

    Cons

    I was doing the work of 3 people before I got laid off. Upper Management’s idea to send patients to Specialty Pharmacy and the Call center is good for shareholders but not patient centric.

    Advice to Management

    Think through your decisions. If you say you are patient centric, act that way.


  2. "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Working environment in general

    Cons

    Very Intense. Unrealistic expectations and aggressive timelines

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee feedback and get input on realistic expectation

  3. "Head"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Stable business environment and collegial work environment

    Cons

    Risk averse which drive bureaucracy at times


  4. "Consultant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor

    Pros

    Very generous to employees. Beautiful campus and buildings/offices.

    Cons

    Seem to do occasional layoffs in different departments


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company to work. Inclusion and diversity."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good training programs in place, to optimize your skills and potentials .

    Cons

    Large company, difficult to make a name for yourself


  6. "Novartis"

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    Current Contractor - Field Force Regional Coordinator in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Contractor - Field Force Regional Coordinator in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and flex hours

    Cons

    No vacation or sick time as contractor and 60% of those working for them are contractors

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible when making time up for time taken for personal reasons


  7. "Investigator II"

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

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

    Pros

    Put patients first as the first priority

    Cons

    Management in my group favor certain favors people he hired only

    Advice to Management

    Create a friendly working environment

  8. "Director"

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

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great forward thinking organization. Heavily driven by policies, procedures and process which is a good thing in a pharma co. Talent development, performance and key HR drivers are exceptionally managed and they do a great job of communicating vision, mission and goals with all employees at all levels.

    Cons

    Going through transformation/changes (like other co's) however they talk a big game about employees and how they are a primary resource, but it is all talk. There is still a lot of who knows who, connections get promoted and clicks still exist! The internal staffing process is not fair and succession planning does not always get rolled out effectively, non-biased way. Its who you know.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the clicks that exist in HR! especially in North America


  9. "Novartis Review"

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    Former Employee - Executive Hospital/Cardiovascular Specialist in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Hospital/Cardiovascular Specialist in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Overall good company culture

    Cons

    Big Company, always changing. Limited job security

    Advice to Management

    more transparency


  10. "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


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