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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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  • Work life balance can be tough - efforts to make the organization lean seem to cut to drastically in some areas (NBS), not enough in others (NIBR) (in 42 reviews)

  • In this industry upper management often shifts (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well balanced work and life

    Cons

    Health insurance similar to industry standards


  2. "Great company with huge upside"

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

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Company treats its employees well, good compensation and benefits with room to grow.

    Cons

    Was a time where there was too much emphasis on diversity hiring and promotion.

  3. "Sr. Clinical Research Associate/R.N."

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    Former Employee - Senior CRA/R N in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Senior CRA/R N in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly ethical, innovative company. Excellent compensation package.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance skewed towards work.


  4. "statistical programmer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Excellent Company. Great work culture

    Cons

    nothing that I know of


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "Great company, great culture"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company culture is great, usually colleagues are pretty friendly and ready to help.

    Cons

    Too much office politics sometimes, and EU based companies sometimes really slow

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes things could be moved faster if the decisions can be made in a more timely manner.

  8. "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


  9. "Good company & Culture"

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    Former Contractor - Freelance Graphic Designer in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Contractor - Freelance Graphic Designer in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful E. hanover campus with on-site amenities, good people and culture.

    Cons

    Red tape, more PC than Mac based

    Advice to Management

    Need to be less focused on cost-savings and more on best practices and retaining good talent


  10. "Working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp."

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    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong prestigious company. The Basel headquarter is strong and continuously adapt to changes.

    Cons

    The mid level management makes often decisions based on their personal agenda.

    Advice to Management

    Take actions to root out the bad supervisors.


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