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Novartis Reviews

Updated June 17, 2018
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Vas Narasimhan
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  • "Family / Work life balance does not exist quite yet" (in 63 reviews)

  • "Lack of authentic leadership from senior management" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place to work! Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Family / Work life balance does not exist quite yet.


  2. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefit. G

    Cons

    Bad middle management. Low efficiency

    Advice to Management

    Respect people

  3. "NIBR - Scientific Operations"

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, benefits, pay. Wonderful managers and team; everyone worked together almost seamlessly, cross-functional communications above-average.

    Cons

    if you don't live close to the city, commute can be quite trying


  4. "Above average"

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

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Compensation above the benchmark, good variable compensation, great benefits, good working culture

    Cons

    Certain level of instability due to the fast changes


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Patient Services Liaison"

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    Current Employee - PSL in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - PSL in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company benefits and vacation package

    Cons

    Patient and Specialty Services division is a mess and has been since I started the past 3 years. Three different leaders with three different visions create chaos. No one trusts upper management as they dismantle the program and lay off nurses. They do not want to hear when patients are effected, basically a shut up mentality!


  6. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefit is good including insurance plan, onsite gym, company events.

    Cons

    As all large pharma, the process for any innovation is slow.


  7. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, well run and well respected

    Cons

    Facing industry wide challenges and government regulations

  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture, innovative, collaborative, great work life balance

    Cons

    Less transparency in promotions


  9. "Principle Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Overall the company has a higher than average turn-around rate; the international company's culture is diversified and multi dimensional.

    Cons

    The salary in general is below pharmaceutical company average; and the overall benefit is less competitive than others in the area.

    Advice to Management

    The company should provide more opportunities for internal talent development and career opportunities instead of focusing on external recruitment.


  10. "Good place to work but not for long term due to slow promotions"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, learned a lot, multinational, flexible work arrangements, overall good people to work with, cafeteria has a subsidized daily healthy option, 3 gyms on campus

    Cons

    Micromanagement, overworked, bureaucratic and slow to change, lots of reporting/compliance training, felt under appreciated at times, no transparency in promotions

    Advice to Management

    Identify and address the cause of talent leaving the company. Pay is average at best and slow promotions are common reasons for leaving.


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