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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated November 20, 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. "As a newer employee... so far so good"

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits, 401k match, and retirement contribution. Standard vacation and PTO. Year-end shutdown from Christmas through New Year's. Salary and bonus are competitive with other big pharma.

    Definite willingness from management to teach newer employees the Novartis way. Encouraged to get involved both in and out of your role.

    Cons

    Onboarding is difficult; must figure it our on your own. Technology is antiquated; the systems need major update but company not willing to invest. Not a lot of admin support or entry-level positions; am frequently performing highly administrative tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see some entry-level positions opened to help with the highly administrative work.


  2. "Observer"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Great growth opportunities. Great Pipeline

    Cons

    No cons as such. Great company to work for

  3. "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.


  4. "Novartis in East Hanover, NJ"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Contractor - Senior Consultant in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company, great people, great products, professional, global leader in pharma, wonderful campus in East Hanover, NJ, greats cafeteria(s). Worked with lots of smart, personable, professional people.

    Cons

    Keep laying off people, too much stress for employees who have been there for years who keep having to look over their shoulder when their job will be gone, no real job security any more

    Advice to Management

    You cannot keep hanging "the Sword of Damocles" over your employees with constant lay-offs... you will lose their focus, their loyalty and they will lose their sanity


  5. "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


  6. "Novartis Review"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor

    Pros

    Flexibility of working hours, ability to telecommute

    Cons

    The employees are not very friendly to contractors.

    Advice to Management

    The management should foster cohesion between the contractors and employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  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. "principal statistical programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Novartis has very promising pipelines.

    Cons

    Some areas can be simplified

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  10. "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.


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