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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance skewed towards work (in 41 reviews)

  • High work load throughout the company and hard to achieve unless you work significant extra hours (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Work some place else, you will live longer."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Programmer in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Programmer in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Starbucks coffee, good benefits.

    Cons

    There has been a decision to 'right' source the clinical programming. That translates into a forcing out of senior programming talent and the expectation that the remaining staff will train the over seas programmers. Behind this is the assumption that programmers are commodities which can be replaced with cheaper units at no loss. The majority of the management of the programming staff are ex-statisticians with the attitude that the only reason anyone would program is because they couldn't make the grade as a statistician. Since they had programmed to do homework assignments in school they believe that they understand the issues inherent in clinical programming and any attempts to inject professional concepts of reuseability and standards are unnecessary and a waste of resources. 'Just program and shut up'

    Advice to Management

    Your company is hostage to middle management


  2. "Not a good place to build a career."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vacaville, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Vacaville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good people who are supportive locally. Benefits good.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Mostly exploitative and discounting. Turnover rate is extremely high even at upper management levels. The contractor to employee ration is 10 to 1, yet company projects the image in communications and advertisements as caring about the employees which is false. Contractors are employeed to make it easy to end projects without any explanations. Recent layoff of employee and then replacing with contractors who are incompetent. Housing employees in areas where OSHA is violate and providing substandard levels of housing for employees, yet providing the latest in technological toys to upper management. And the beat goes on!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Respect your staff.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Life after Diovan..."

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

    Pros

    Big Pharma, Attractive pipeline, talented workforce.

    Cons

    Political. It's not what you know, it's who you know that likes you which determines career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Get over Diovan going off patent and the resulting revenue loss and stop laying off your loyal talent! If you can spend 40 billion on M&A, you can afford to keep and reward your people!


  4. "Rigid place to work - if you have any autonomy in your soul, avoid all costs."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you love pharmaceuticals, and you love precision and not communicating with others, you'll be happy here.

    Cons

    No real community effort here. It's cubicle heaven.

    Advice to Management

    Let people breathe. Get some communication going and getaway from the uber-Germanic approach of work for work's sake.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely bad management, no respect for skilled professionals, over working is part of life, too many mistakes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary if one can negotiate well
    Learning opportunity if one can find time
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Very Poor management
    Far away from reality
    Everyone is trying to move upwards by hook or by crook
    Too much politics
    No respect for skilled professionals
    Performance or merit does not matter in promotion, it is more based on Management's liking of a particular person


  6. Helpful (2)

    "The company does not value it's talent"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Paramus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are very good
    Time Off /Vacation is very good
    Sales Reps are viewed very positively despite constant changes from management.

    Cons

    Novartis does not value it's employee, realigning every few years so that tenured reps get let go unnecessarily. Physicians hate these transitions as it disrupts the relationships and quality spent in offices. The rating system is unfair and even those with excellent performance get let go by a third party company. The company spends more time defending itself in lawsuits and compliance issues than actually product training

    Advice to Management

    Put the customer in the center of the equation and they will tell you, they dislike constant disruptions and changes to the sales force.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be good not anymore"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Morgantown, WV

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits company car

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, no drugs to sell, everything going generic or getting pulled off market

    Advice to Management

    Keep your employees more informed on what's going on with the company

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away from this place...not worth it. Managers do NOT give a sh!t about people."

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    Current Employee - Global Clinical Program Head in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Global Clinical Program Head in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Not one. Management is too busy giving employees the impression they really care about work/life balance then they tell people they cant work more then 1 day a week at home. Total BS. Nobody is friendly their. People walk around with grins on their faces. All the foreign people are not americanized and you cant even understand what they are saying half the time. They are hired because they get paid half of what americans would have to get paid. This is reflected in the type of people you have to work with on projects. I am talking about most Asians that are not US citizens.

    Cons

    Terrible disjointed end of year review process that does not get done correclty and serve its purpose. Management often admits they need to work on a lot of internal issues. So why havnt they changed things?? They bust your b@ll$ and then will screw you in the end. The average employee does not want to account for their responsibilities and this screws up many project timelines and then people will play the blame game and point fingers and you will get a bad review - if people even submit a review you requested of them - most people don't bother because nobody gets glamorous reviews there. Expect to be average in your review as an employee and just go thru the motions of working there and following the same procesess year after year until you are fed up with the place and quit or get laid off. This is the last place in NJ anyone should want to work. Stay away from it.

    Advice to Management

    Quit your job and join the peace corp. You will learn more valuable life lessons then working here. Then maybe you will actually care about people. Reverse your true values because they are backwards. Treat people with respect. Remember what you learned in Kindergarden about people? Its all true.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis does not value their professional"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, but salary is not equivalent to the 80 hr work week.

    Cons

    Mediocre salary, Micromanagers, Archaic IT and SOPs, Lacks Long Term Vision

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all lines from the bottom up - the ones who do the job you should listen to- Since the one on top are no longer hungry for anything but your job and Don't be Afraid of Change


  10. "They're don't care or have any respect about tempt that work there, regular works are lying on tempt"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Handler in Suffern, NY
    Former Employee - Line Handler in Suffern, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It a good & nice place to work it the upper managers that need to be replace, doesn't have no respect for tempt, fear that tempt will get they position

    Cons

    Not a stable job, quick to let you good even though you work they for yrs, never want to hired tempt to permanent

    Advice to Management

    Need to learn to know your workers better, there's a lot of tempt who's killing them self, working hard and not being acknowledged for it


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