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Novartis Pharmaceuticals San Carlos Reviews

Updated October 2, 2017
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San Carlos, CA

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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. "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.


  2. "R&D at San Carlos Closing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    Pros

    Great people - especially those that came from Nektar acquisition.

    Cons

    R&D Site is closing son

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician I in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician I in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of available overtime at Novartis, great people to work with at this San Carlos site, location is nice and conveniently located next to the freeway

    Cons

    Sometimes workload can be hectic


  4. "A great place to work, if your hard work is appreciated"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A progressive company that backs its objectives and delivers on promise

    Cons

    Hard work is sometimes not appreciated or looked at by management

    Advice to Management

    Look and promote employees based on what you know, rather than whom you know.


  5. "mediocre at best"

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    Current Contractor - QC RA in San Carlos, CA
    Current Contractor - QC RA in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy work; everyone is going home early here....

    Cons

    many lazy, click-ish employees; don't want to be another brick in the wall......

    Advice to Management

    increase salary for new comers and hire them perm.


  6. "Good"

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    Current Contractor - Scientist I in San Carlos, CA
    Current Contractor - Scientist I in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    small size site with a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    not employee orientated! they are not willing to keep their good people (temps)

    Advice to Management

    When you need people to get the job done, look around and create jobs for the existing temps ....


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