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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated July 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. "Great place to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Eye & Ear Consultant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Eye & Ear Consultant in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay/commission
    Awesome colleagues
    Great opportunity to grow within company
    Great management
    Encouraging
    Challenges you to be better
    Novel medicines

    Cons

    I don't have any cons for working here. This is a great company to work for and I see myself here long term.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to candidates that don't have experience in a particular disease state, but moreso what they bring to the table from their current/past experiences.


  2. "Financial Analyst - Oncology Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good/smart coworkers, global workplace, work life balance. Good benefits and compensation

    Cons

    The company is currently under mass restructuring after losing Gleevec patent. Lots of layoff and career instabilities.

  3. "Contract Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal/Office Manager in Saddle Brook, NJ
    Former Employee - Paralegal/Office Manager in Saddle Brook, NJ

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company, lots of possibility for lateral movement in company.

    Cons

    Most positions are contract through a secondary company.


  4. "Regional MSL, Associate Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional MSL, Associate Director in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Regional MSL, Associate Director in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team of highly educated, sell-motivated professionals.

    Cons

    Vertical Hiearchial organization can on occassion present challenges


  5. "Area Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Great products and commitment to patients.

    Cons

    Poor culture and loyalty to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Decouple stock grants from year end performance reveiws


  6. "Associate Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Caring, Communicative, Opportunistic, Enthusiastic, Ethical

    Cons

    Too few people to do the jobs that need to be done

    Advice to Management

    Keep the course


  7. "Pharma Rep in Brooklyn, NY"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company car, company benefits such as lunch and gas allowances, ability to hit commission targets

    Cons

    Working alone for most of the day, difficult to become manager until you hit >5 yrs experience in sales

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Times of Chnage at Novartis"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    East Hanover campus is very employee friendly with many very nice amenities. Management is typically open to listening to employee ideas and suggestions. Tech Ops is consolidating across divisions which will cause complication in short term, but long term opens more opportunities.

    Cons

    Company is going through much change, driven centrally from Basel Headquarters. Support functions are being squeezed to fund other parts of business.

    Advice to Management

    For such an established company, I would expect there to be more standards in terms of career development and hiring from within the company. Still a bit of who you know in order to get the next promotion.


  9. "Novartis"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Temple, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Temple, TX

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

    Pros

    They provided good benefits and opportunity for advancement. They strived to be a good corporate citizen.

    Cons

    Had all the trappings of a huge corporation from bureaucracy to micromanagement. It was difficult for them to respond to market threats and opportunities.


  10. "Big Pharma that has good benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oncology Sales Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Oncology Sales Specialist in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    All the benefits of working with a solid company. People here are good colleagues and will try to help you.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to advance due to being such a large company. Be patient and network if interested in advancing

    Advice to Management

    Field sales varies by regions. Foolish to continue selling in same fashion we did 20 yrs ago


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