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Novartis Reviews

Updated November 12, 2018
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  1. "Medical Expert Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    It is a highly recognized transnational, its medicines are excellent and doctors prescribe them for their high quality standars.

    Cons

    I do not consider something negative of this company, I lived excellent years of work in it, the problems that arose were derived to inconveniences of the country.

    Advice to Management

    Proactive
    Patience
    tolerance

    Share the big picture with your team.
    Empower each team member to speak up and engage. By listening to your team´s suggestions.


  2. "You have to be in the right department to advance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits (Child Caregiver Leave policy, flexible working arrangements, work-life balance etc.), code of conduct, performance reviews and career development planning.

    Cons

    Some domain experience hire/promotion freeze, or sold out as not performing as expected.

    Advice to Management

    Do not communicate bad news before you have specific information for associates that stay or have to leave. Try to limit organization-wide changes to a minimum, or at least until you see impact of previously implemented changes.

  3. "Good company to work"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure to Pharma industry

    Cons

    Lack of coaching and mentoring

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent retention


  4. "Senior Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    stable,
    large company,
    good benefits,
    good resources,
    good work life balance

    Cons

    large company
    difficult to get resources,
      large bureaucracy


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company; Great People"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are outstanding. Everyone pitches in to help, and people often ask if you need help. A great team environment.

    Cons

    Vacation benefits for the administrative staff are not the same as the rest of the company. I've never seen that before.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equally.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Large and feeling larger, but always hope on the horizon"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Many smart people to work with. Lots of great information available from business units. Lots of opportunities for employees within certain functions

    Cons

    Its a large company, and decisions have to go through a lot of people. This slow things down and with any large company, certain ego's carry more weight and decision making than others.

    Advice to Management

    The HR function is pushing out too many initiatives and they don't seem to connect to each other. Slow down, take a breath and prioritize those activities. They're not bad, its just too many and without any time for them to sink in.


  7. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Great people and environment to work in

    Cons

    Large corporation and everything associated with it

  8. "Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package for family

    Cons

    Too much Touring can lead to health issues


  9. "Research Investigator III"

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    Former Employee - President in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - President in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Cutting edge cancer research with unparalleled access to data sources and technologies.
    Collegial working atmosphere.

    Cons

    Big pharma type of company, not always the most nimble in its decision making.


  10. "Current employee"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Excellent compensation; involvement in projects

    Cons

    Very EU focused; decisions on profits and cost savings only

    Advice to Management

    none


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