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Updated June 14, 2017
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  • Can get overworked if you don't understand how to establish expectations on work life balance (in 43 reviews)

  • Senior management needs to improve on biased aspects (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Turf Wars"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is average for industry and company size

    Cons

    Constant turf wars between departments; Basel and USA, German, British , French, etc who stay in power and treat people by "ours" and not.
    Harsh treatment of colleagues, bureaucracy out of this world, incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    IT management need expertise in IT. Not in project management , not in business, not in QA , etc. If one person on a management team came from other department - that is healthy diversity. But if any manger never was able to write 50 lines of code that is recipe for trouble. Totally clueless IT management.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Dehumanizing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Bonus, location, amenities, matched 401K

    Cons

    Archiac management practices, toxic, "back-biting" culture, Lack of opportunity for advancement and growth

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees as adults, add value to individual innovative thinking

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Hostile envinroment"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits might be considered good, but also might be comparable with other companies of the same rank.

    Cons

    Very hostile work envinroment, unfair treatment of emploees, discrimination. Endes working hours and harrasment Management outlooks solely to their own survival, nothing else is of a concern for the management. No training, no support.

    Advice to Management

    To fire all old-management. Hire new one.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Lake Forest, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are about it.

    Cons

    Good old boys mindset. Stressful environment. Definitely a disconnect between upper management and reality.

    Advice to Management

    Support mid-level managers when you hold them accountable to correct bad situations. Stop sacrificing hard-working, dedicated, quality employees while allowing bad seeds to remain. Get rid of the Good Old Boys mentality and stop placing women in positions of authority just to cover up the wrongdoings previously done. Treat everyone equal, not just the ones who have been there for 20 years or those considered a protected class.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Supervisor"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    no pros for this company

    Cons

    too much work with no resources, no respect from management, no time for employee development

    Advice to Management

    do not outsource at the depletion of the onshore employees


  6. "Immunoderm BU Abuses Team Around-the-Clock"

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

    Pros

    The team itself is fine; there's definitely truth to the saying "misery loves company". Time and again, it seems as though working for the Immunoderm BU will help people rally together to complain about unrealistic expectations. In that sense, I guess you could say there's a sense of collaboration - the team had to work late nights, early mornings, and throughout the day together to meet expectations, have them approved, and then work on expectations that were turned on a 180 the next day.

    Cons

    Immunoderm BU is the worst team to work for/with. Expectations are flip-flopped, people are thrown under the bus, feedback is not provided but then they escalate everything and claim deficiencies when they never brought it up or pointed out they thought there was a gap so it could be addressed. Talk about hostile environments - certain members of the team speak about people in the same room negatively in Spanish right in front of them, without realizing that some of them understand what's being said about them. Our management couldn't support us enough to protect us from the BU's tendencies of making us work around the clock with 18-20 hour days, 7 days a week, and it's not seasonal - it's year-round. One week changes are made and approved, the next week it's like a complete 180 happened and everyone has to scramble constantly. Despite working around the clock and delivering a powerful presentation, positive recognition is lacking. Most people working with this team have been chased away single-handedly and if the remaining team members are still there, then no doubt they will be leaving soon. My only recommendation is if you are considering a role at Novartis, you should ensure that you will not have dealings with the Immunoderm BU or your work-life balance will suffer and you will be torn down mentally.

    Advice to Management

    Best advice to give management is to get consider changing management of the Immunoderm BU before you lose all your people - this BU creates a toxic environment. Not only that, but instead of letting talented people move to other roles within Novartis, the BU blocks all career growth for anyone working with them so Novartis is losing prime talent to other companies without even a fight. I'm so happy to have left Novartis, and really it's because this BU caused so much grief and unnecessary drama.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis- Run away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very little. The benefits were nice, but not easily accessed

    Cons

    Management at the Global and Local level was clueless.

    Advice to Management

    look in the mirror.

  8. "leaving the US to save pennies"

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    Current Employee - Out of Pharmacy in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Out of Pharmacy in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    At one time they had a good pipeline, but now with generics, even those under concent decree they are shuttering US manufacturing. Pros are good salaries for those willing to donate thier life to them.

    Cons

    Leaving the United States. Cow towed to the FDA who is allowing a generic under concent decree make Diovan. Essentially the FDA audits the big guys to death or until they leave the US.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the greed. Stop cowtowing to the ACA and the FDA as thier job is to audit the big guys to death and not so much on the smaller guys.


  9. "Sales Mgr"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    HUGE Company with amazing resources & oportunity.
    Good current products & great pipeline
    A LOT (lot, lot) meetings. The are extremely helpful and many decisions are made. Many Key forms, spreadsheets & reports are created to help guide the reps.

    Cons

    The yearly performance review fiom is HUGE &confusing-&was called absolute ridiculousness by the author of "The One Minute Manager"Ken Blanchard- who was our keynote speaker.
    He also said that cutting the Bottom 20% of your sales force every year has idiocy. We managers gave him a standing ovation. .. and he was never seen or heard from again.
    The administration load is so extreme that rep are more concerned with checking boxes on the spreadsheet them selling---crazy, absolute cra cra.
    If you are good at admin, email, creative writing, excel (most imp. thing a Mgr gotta know-says my VP) ppt, and politocs- you sir/madam will make a great manager! Forget selling/trainimg/coaching- focus on covering your 6.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drastically cut the sales force- you still have 3 times to many
    focus on true selling skills & training. (Remember how much a disaster "Drop Everything & Sell" was? It produced More admin!!)
    Treat ALL teams wIth respect- even mass market teams.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Novartis = bean counters in charge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Engineering in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Engineering in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Did not see any pro's

    Cons

    Company morale was simply destroyed, decent leadership was just not present, new managers seem inept, the whole approach was one of cost cutting above all. Talent, seniority, respect on any level was tossed out the window. Layoffs and worker approach was cost based only, your skill or value was ignored, this company has zero respect for engineering or technical anything, makes sense why big pharma is hurting. I would avoid this nameplate totally, they are in the process of destroying Alcon in Irvine, pre-Novartis, that company was a great place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and get out of the surgical world, sell out and take your cash, you don't belong.


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