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Updated July 21, 2017
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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  • Can get overworked if you don't understand how to establish expectations on work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Senior management needs to improve on biased aspects (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources; good work life balance

    Cons

    Chances to learn New skills hands on outside your daily project is limited. You can hear or learn digitally what other ppl are doing, but little chance to learn skills outside your own arena


  2. "Excellent Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Vacaville, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Vacaville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and pay, opportunities for advancement based on achievement, company lives by professed values.

    Cons

    Site I worked for closed.

    Advice to Management

    None.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "NVS East Hanover, NJ"

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    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and a beautiful site

    Cons

    HQ is in Switzerland and cultures often clash


  4. Helpful (1)

    "finance accounting function perspective"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits (100% covered Novartis drug prescriptions, 6% 401k match, 3 weeks vacation). Fantastic co-workers who are engaged, innovative, and dynamic. Continuous change so always a challenge & never boring. Fast efficient month end close process.

    Cons

    bureaucracy & frequently trying to push more work down to save headcount

    Advice to Management

    Focus on quality of service from internal customers and not just cutting costs. The NBS model is creating silos within the company and causing unhealthy friction.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work but...."

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    Former Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Great benefits
    Good salary
    Invest in your development

    Cons

    The company does not promote from within at higher levels (above Director).

    Advice to Management

    You spend a lot of time and money developing leaders but then go outside the company for positions above Director. Give the talent that you developed a chance to move forward.


  6. "Novartis"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxon Hill, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxon Hill, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Serious multinational company in the market with strong cultural values that define and help execute the Novartis strategy according to mission and vision.

    Cons

    Nothing to declare against the company

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in internal recruitment


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    great place to work and they treat employees with respect. There is so much room for career progression. There is also extra benefits when you reach targets

    Cons

    There are so many processes to follow when completing a project which can sometimes hinder efficiency. There are not many cons really

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management would be to reduce the processes followed when completing a project. I can not think of anything else

  8. "A great company with lots of opportunities to grow laterally or up! Smart and dedicated employees."

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    Former Employee - Director in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits at more senior levels.
    Opportunities for growth.
    Balanced work/development structure.
    Fairly good communication and standard work for a company this large.

    Cons

    Can be complicated to understand how to get exposure to leadership
    Can get overworked if you don't understand how to establish expectations on work life balance.


  9. "associatedirector"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    good environment good people flexible

    Cons

    low salary not the postiyion


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Johns Creek, GA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Johns Creek, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are helpful and encourage each other.

    Cons

    Too many engineers managing people.


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