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Novartis Reviews

Updated December 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance/holidays are organised well (in 159 reviews)

  • Friendly staff and colleagues who are always friendly and willing to help one another succeed in the work environment (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance is sometime too intensive (in 59 reviews)

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

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  1. "Circus"

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing they offer is worth getting degraded and bullied.

    Cons

    The snot nosed punks who have been put in charge are a nightmare. Nobody knows what's really going on?

    Advice to Management

    How many more bodies do you have to find before you see what's going on?


  2. "Senior Engineer II"

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

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    There are not pros that I want to share. Well there are none.

    Cons

    List is long. No recommended, Poor opportunities to grow a career here at Alcon/Novartis.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "MES"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    The organisation is good as a whole but not the managers as their personality reflect arrogance and bad attitude. If you are a bengali then its not that bad.

    Cons

    Well all the managers from Practice Heads to Team Leads are full of crap. Horrondous culture. They don't do anything to keep the employees happy but everything to ruin their career. They have too much favouritism towards those bengali folks since the managers and the group heads are bengali. It was all about putting their favourite employees on the silver plate while drawning the others in the mud. Plenty of immature bullying that often comes off as cartoonish, be it TLs or even Practice Heads. I am assuming they need to layoff such managers, clean off the middle managers to create a good environment in the organisation. Till then avoid it like a plague

    Advice to Management

    Its better to leave the job then trying to make things work among these crappy bengali managers. Even the other TLs do nothing but suck on to their thumb. Worst of all, people lack the courage to speak up since the HR is untrustworthy. MES is not fixable. RUN


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Turf Wars"

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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.


  5. "Massive layoff at the US and Switzerland sites"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pros worth to mention when the company moving all the statistical programming and DM positions to india. Hyderabad site is the most efficient site, people was told.

    Cons

    Interesting to notice, 20 word minimum are required for pros and cons, but there are so many 5 star reviews posted with about 5 word or so of pros and cons

    Advice to Management

    Hope all the people will leave in the first wave.


  6. "horrible micro management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good...great medical, dental, benefits.

    Cons

    401K doesn't vest for 3 years, they say they will pay commission they change it. Holding 6K of your money for an entire year for Values and benefits, that you lose if you leave. Too many reps in area, too many managers and too many ride alongs. unneeded and hinders the ability to do job well.

    Advice to Management

    stop micromanaging. Let experienced reps do their jobs. too many ride alongs. Too many reps in area.


  7. 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

  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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


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