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Novartis Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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  • Work Life Balance, Handling Multiple works (in 40 reviews)

  • Senior management needs to encourage more skip level meets and bear grass root issues (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Sinking Spring, PA
    Current Employee - Operations in Sinking Spring, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefit package includes health, dental and vision at a reasonable price for family coverage. Company paid contact lenses. 15 days PTO for the first year. Excellent 401k. Annual bonus based off company performance.

    Cons

    Production work. Standing or sitting in one place for your entire shift. If you're hired for a job you don't care for you must stay with that job for 18 months before you can bid for another department. Low starting wage.


  2. "trial management"

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    Current Employee - Senior GTL in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior GTL in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    high exposure and responsibility- very dynamic and intelligent company

    Cons

    impossible to finish job... always too much to do with too little help

    Advice to Management

    hire more and stop re-organizing!!!


  3. "Learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Duluth, GA

    I worked at Novartis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A good experience in the field of medical devices. Learned the guidelines and restraints of working within FDA controls.

    Cons

    The lack of upward mobility.


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  5. "End of an era"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    - Strong focus on science
    - Excellent reputation with global government agencies
    - Best practices for sterile manufacturing

    Cons

    After almost 60 years, it is sad to see the beginnings of dismantling the Fort Worth Alcon headquarters. Many good people are being let go, roles being dissolved or outsourced, and productive veterans being shown the door. In the meantime, less people are being asked to do more work.

    Advice to Management

    Be generous with the severance packages as whole teams are transitioned out of the Texas site.


  6. "Average?"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and some innovative projects

    Cons

    Does not always seem to know which direction to go

    Advice to Management

    Focus on quality over quantity


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not Good Times at NVS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people in the ranks - very intelligent and collaborative, good benefits

    Cons

    Poor senior management leadership; short-term management of company; pay not as competitive as other companies in space and same size

    Advice to Management

    Reset investor expectations and ease the stress burden in the divisions


  8. "Global pharma giant"

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

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

    Pros

    Serve a great cause, meaningful purpose
    Global culturally diverse colleagues who are very bright and passionate
    Efforts under way to improve collaboration and have courageous conversations

    Cons

    Tends to over complicate things
    The desire to be innovative sometimes cause a lack of alignment across different divisions and regions


  9. "Culture at Novartis US Oncology"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Good culture
    Interesting projects and opportunities to explore
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Need to work on employee retention
    Lot of restructuring

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work on retaining the culture and concentrate on reducing employee turnover.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "It used to be better"

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    Current Employee - Manager, IT in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager, IT in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. If you are in the right location, opportunities exist. State of the art manufacturing for most parts of the world.

    Cons

    Trying to change the organization for the future will push a lot of jobs overseas. The bureaucracy can make getting things done in a timely fashion frustrating, if not almost impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the paperwork. More bureaucracy does not increase the quality or help the patient.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Stable but less opportunities for growth"

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits and a fast paced work environment.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunities for growth. Once you land a role, it is very difficult to make horizontal or vertical transitions. Like most big organization, office politics and bureaucracy (and not hard work or talent) determine how far you will advance within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more internal development amongst associates.



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