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Novartis Reviews

Updated January 16, 2019
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Executive senior sales consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Sales Consultant in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Sales Consultant in Lansing, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow. The company invest a lot in your training to make you better.

    Cons

    No real cons, the company was a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Why not bring back some if the old talent you invested so much in? After all they were the driving force behind the companies success. So much was invested in your employees and many were let go, why nor get done if that investment back and hire some of these people back?


  2. "Amazing group of people"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great science and good group of people. Compensation was generous. Amazing work-life balance. Great resources to learn from.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy like any other big company.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better career growth opportunities for junior scientists.

  3. "Used to be a great place to be, undergoing massive re-structuring"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    - Good industry reputation and innovative pipeline

    Cons

    - Massive re-structuring and high level of instability


  4. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance was optimal

    Cons

    Unnecessary travel for work meetings


  5. "Great company!"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good people, amazing benefits, more than adequate pay.

    Cons

    Corporate structure often too rigid, working with doctors can pose issues with scheduling.


  6. "PSC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary competitive
    Easy on boarding
    Benefits good

    Cons

    Very large and things seems disorganized at times


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Leadership"

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    Current Employee - District Manager in Field, NM
    Current Employee - District Manager in Field, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products that make a difference in patient lives. Strong pipeline. Clinical innovation

    Cons

    Culture good in some divisions, awful in others. Awful incentive plan structure. Meeting sales growth goals does not equal commensurate payouts or recognition for sales force.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your mid and mid-senior leadership’s performance. The culture that you envision on a broad level, is hijacked by mid-to-senior leadership in various divisions (CV Division).

  8. "No room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Wayne, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Wayne, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent salary

    Cons

    Frantic pace with no opportunity to advance


  9. "Depends on your department."

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice staff members, decent benefits, and flexible work/life balance.

    Cons

    No room for advancement, old world mindset, and too much bureaucracy. Difficult to accomplish much. Criticized if you are proactive or reactive. Damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to ideas and offer more meeting rooms.


  10. "Scientific Associate II"

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

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Good company and benefits; great unboss culture.

    Cons

    Drug discovery is hard. If you want to move up the promotion ladder, you have to have people who "like" you; otherwise good luck.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of talent around you and promote those who do a good job.