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Updated May 24, 2017
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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 23 reviews)

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  1. "Document Analysist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Document Coordinator in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Contractor - Document Coordinator in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good location, on campus cafeteria, work from home (sometimes)

    Cons

    Foreign owned and all benefits and working conditions are based on benefiting the employees from Switzerland. Work / Life balance is of no importance to this company.

    Advice to Management

    Get a work life balance plan and rules in place because the one you have is not feasible for a person with children.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis rating"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    World wide corporation with plenty of opportunities. For those wanting to relocate it is a company worth checking out.

    Cons

    Due to the vast size of the corporation an individual and his accomplishments have a tendency to get lost or unnoticed. They also seem to govern with a broad stroke of the pen and not look at employee issues on an individual basis. They are also always under the watch of the FDA. They like to run things their way and throw caution to the wind.

    Advice to Management

    here in the United States start following the rules and stop the corruption.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same Alcon anymore."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation days, Alcon campus, employee appreciation gifts/rewards.

    Cons

    Management, HR. Overall leadership is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Everyone is leaving because of the management you protect and retain.


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  5. "Sending jobs overseas"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Medical Safety in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Contractor - Medical Safety in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with in Medical Device. The cafeteria was good and the stop was fun. Pay was decent.

    Cons

    No job stability at all. Policy changed from week to week. Managers weren't very helpful and upper management was too busy protecting their own jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Why did you take jobs from Texas ti India and the Philippines? Just so you can pocket more money?


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Data Entry Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burleson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burleson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The relationships of some of the people I worked with makes this a great place to work.

    Cons

    The management of this place is lacking. Most of the time when the managers would rarely walk by it was to see if we as a group were doing anything wrong and for them to tell us what they didn't like. Little to no support was given and no trust between the employees and the employers.


  7. "Medical Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company. Good resources to get your work done. Execution on clinical trials is superior. Beautiful campuses. Respect for time off.

    Cons

    Rigid organization. It is difficult to innovate. Impossible to transfer from one department or group to another. HR doesn't understand skills needed to advance the business. Unproductive competition among associates.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need to encourage and protect innovation


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Novartis Had a Negative Impact on Alcon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Quality in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Quality in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alcon pay is very competitive and the 401k matching is almost too good to be true.
    Novartis buying Alcon has added a huge amount of production facilities/offices thus there are many new career pathways.
    I have high hopes for the new CEO, so far he is taking the right steps to improve the customer's experience.

    Cons

    The overwhelming amount a procedures(pharma centric) placed on a medical device company has prevented us from being able to make product improvements to benefit the customer.
    Alcon personnel have lost the innovative spirit and instead have turned into what does the procedure say robots.

    Advice to Management

    If the actions being proposed are in compliance with regulations and have a positive impact to the customer let's do them. The "beyond compliance" motto is being used as a scapegoat too often for accepting being stagnant.
    Separate pharma and medical device quality procedures. In medical device you are able to verify quality attributes where pharma verification is difficult. The ability for inprocess verification takes some of the pressure off the upfront validation workload and makes it easier to analyze the impact in realtime of a change.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Clifton, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Clifton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis (More than a year)

    Pros

    Health benefits are good and not too costly, at some campuses there are useful amenities onsite (eg, PCPs and pharmacy), tuition reimbursement, competitive salary, physical facilities are generally pleasant

    Cons

    Managers who don't manage, negative culture, poor staffing decisions (ie, allocation and work load distribution)

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable for their staffing decisions


  10. "QC Chemist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Carlos, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people were generally nice. The building across the street had snacks you can munch on.

    Cons

    The department was very disorganized. They don't look after their employees in the group as far as ergo issues is concerned. Don't rotate out tasks so you're left repeating the same task over and over again which leads to ergo injuries.

    Advice to Management

    Rotate out the schedule or hire more people who aren't injured. I brought up rotation of tasks to reduce injuries and was basically told that they've been doing their scheduling like that for years. Well no wonder lots of people have ergo injuries


  11. Helpful (2)

    "What a Mess!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much, other than getting to use the Alcon campus gym and cafeteria

    Cons

    Shared Service Center is a complete mess. There is no standardization and really low employee moral. Everyone is depressed and always complaining. Open work environment with one small 2 foot cube wall. Since there are no offices, there are a million meetings and conference calls a day. I never knew if I would get laid off the next day due to "Finance Transformation" and "restructuring." They laid off employees left and right from Alcon. Its in a nasty part of Fort Worth in a factory area. No restaurants or shops around, except the various strip clubs and ghetto houses around. They also don't believe in giving good reviews. If you doing amazing, they still refuse to give anything more than a meets expectations review. They have this huge process where all the managers go in a room and calibrate reviews to move them up or down. I only took the job because I was unemployed at the time. About half of the people working there were in the same situation. Personally, Im not that big of a fan of diversity.... Lets just say, they hire their brothas, sistas, and cousins.

    Advice to Management

    Quit laying people off


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