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Novartis Reviews

Updated December 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance/holidays are organised well (in 153 reviews)

  • Friendly staff and colleagues who are always friendly and willing to help one another succeed in the work environment (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Need to improve Work-life balance for employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Lack of authentic leadership from senior management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "finance manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    work life balance, campus facilities (gym, sports courts), cafes, day care,

    Cons

    way to much bureaucracy to much documentation and processes, poor HR communication, a lot of turnover last few years in upper management so changing directions at a slow pace


  2. "Global Trial Manager"

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    Current Employee - Global Trial Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Global Trial Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Structured environment, very hardworking, smart people, learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Not as much professional development opportunities or travel opportunities as I would have liked.

    Advice to Management

    Help develop your team professionally and champion for them so that they can move up professionally.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Big pharma. In Alcon campus. Competitive salary. 410K and defined pension contribution.

    Cons

    Have to know people to get advanced. Too many goals that you can't influence. Expect to work holidays if you're in engineering or maintenance. Folks are dropping like flies.


  4. "Pharmaceutical sales representative"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good training and career path

    Cons

    reimbursement goes faster would be nice


  5. "Great Company to Work For"

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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 value system which instills strong work ethic and culture among employees
    -Company is constantly creating breakthrough discoveries through research and development
    -Friendly staff and colleagues who are always friendly and willing to help one another succeed in the work environment

    Cons

    Work often gets in the way of personal life.

    Advice to Management

    -work can sometimes be overwhelming and interferes with personal life


  6. "Good company"

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, environment. One of the most desired employers in the area.

    Cons

    Expect to work long days and holidays if working on engineering.


  7. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent technical skills of personnel

    Cons

    Long hours so work life balance is tough to achieve.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Communications Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, benefits, salary. These are all I can say about this company at the moment.

    Cons

    Workload, workload, workload. workload. workload, workload, workload. workload. workload, workload, workload. workload. workload. workload, workload. workload. workload. workload, workload. workload

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Tough company but great to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company good salary; limitless opportunities and nice employee perks for working hard.

    Cons

    Very tough company. Culturally challenging if you are disciplined in US style of working, then know that the Basel or international disciplines will be difficult as they don't cross train or provide guidance for being efficient in the Novartis way. Leadership has no patience with less that quick learners and remember its always about getting the job done.

    Advice to Management

    Cross train if you are mixing cultures international vs domestic.. Identify the potential of your employees through this training. Quality Assurance for employee morale and appreciation. USA is not any less than International just different in work ethics, motivation and driven workstyle


  10. Helpful (1)

    "laboratory animal services technician"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    great work environment, nice people, good pay

    Cons

    major downsizing of departments due to cheaper to outsource the labor

    Advice to Management

    devote more time and effort to hiring talent over saving a quick buck


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