Novartis Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2020

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3.9
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Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan
Vas Narasimhan
656 Ratings
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  • "There were no cons identified by me as of yet(in 63 reviews)

  • "Slow decision making, so many stakeholders(in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Novartis review"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Engagement Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Focused on diversity, great benefits and 401K, inspiring CEO

    Cons

    There can be a lot of processes and bureaucracy which slows things down

  2. "Overall good company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance and flexible work arrangements. Currently great development opportunities available. Overall very good compensation package.

    Cons

    It is a boys club in some areas. Be prepared to work twice as hard and twice as long to get half as far as your male counterparts! Many managers are just clueless .... often too many chiefs and not enough Indians.


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    "Overall a great company"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Wonderful 401k match, good benefits, flexible working schedule, good work life balance

    Cons

    Some departments may lack career advancement opportunities

  4. "Great Culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MBA Intern 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative culture Unbossed culture: The management leaves you to independently chase value

    Cons

    Large organization Slow moving organization with different departments often doing redundant work

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  5. "Dynamic organisation , inspiring leader"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    New CEO (since 2018) has been driving a positive empowering culture. Heavy investment and focus on digitization. Leadership in niche areas like nuclear medicine, cell and gene therapy etc. Science and innovation focus.

    Cons

    Radical and big bang changes with limited buy in favored in comparison with planned refinements. This applies to processes, talent moves, and business investment decisions

  6. "Solid company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist I 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They keep people with good salary, benefits and PTO. Great opportunities to learn and develop skill sets.

    Cons

    There is a bit of a disconnect between management and associates.

  7. "Best Pharmaceutical Company in the world"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Procurement in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends

    I worked at Novartis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities for career advancement both up and laterally.

    Cons

    Changing business structures as with most large companies e.g. M&A

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  8. COVID-19

    "Good place to work."

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager of Operations in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Incredibly flexible with COVID scenario...great growth focus.

    Cons

    Offshoring many back office jobs.

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  9. "Good people and CEO"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director, Regulatory Affairs in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Culture improving, great people in US

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance in US, Swiss HQ drives lots of decisions and doesn’t understand US market

  10. "Nice place to work"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Novartis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunity for fresh graduates to learn about drug and technicals, with diverse and nice people to offer help

    Cons

    Fair salary, benefits, and room for career development, complicated working process with many stakeholders and bureaucracy to slow things down

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