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Novartis Reviews

Updated December 19, 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. "Not a place for temps"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - CNC Operator in Johns Creek, GA
    Former Contractor - CNC Operator in Johns Creek, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay after certification, continental shift,free coffee, good cafeteria, clean bathrooms

    Cons

    As a temp, you will rarely get hired

    Advice to Management

    Stop picking favorites,stop making employees choose between their job or their family


  2. "Senior Systems Specialist for NBS IT in Fort Worth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Specialist in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good pay
    -Great bonuses (base is 14% plus performance multiplers
    -401k - 2% automatic, 4% dollar for dollar. The total is 9% (or more based on age),
    -Ability to work from home
    -Work life balance is also good, but that could change as management expects you to do more with less.

    If you are happy with whatever position you get hired on as, you will be fine. But promotions are few and far between.

    Cons

    -Poor culture
    -NBS IT isn't filling many new jobs in he Unite States, jobs are going to cheaper service centers
    -Very limited opportunities for advancement unless you are at a high level
    -Very little training is offered
    -Outsourcing is the new normal
    -More contractors then internal employees

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and allow for career advancement. The more you cut costs, the less productive the few remaining internals become. Most employees are very disgruntled and the future doesn't look like it's going to get better.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Project Quality Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    good culture, hard working environment

    Cons

    fast paced, over worked time to time


  4. "Medical device assembler"

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    Former Contractor - Medical Device Assembler in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Medical Device Assembler in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions in there production rooms.

    Cons

    Low pay by the staffing agency.

    Advice to Management

    Increase workers wage and hire directly and not through staffing agency.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Disgusting"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helped me find a role paying a heap more at a financial company. Future considerably brighter here than in Pharma.

    Cons

    Cleaned house of top ranks sales reps likely in an attempt to save money. Reps who never produced anything were kept while consistent performers were let go.

    Advice to Management

    Ruined a wonderful company- Alcon. Sad to stil hear of good hard working people getting shafted.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Bad Environment Where I Was"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    The environment was pretty bad. The typical brutal politics, but one thing that bothered me was the forced gender diversity. My division was 90% women and they still had all of them in the empowering women in Novartis group, forced objectives of at least half of the upper salary bands had to be female and that created a lot of issues.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the business rather than "politically correct" objectives.


  7. "Document Analysist"

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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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Suffern Manufacturing Site"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    A fun place to work. There are many cross functional teams in this 700 person site. People always willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement. There was not a lot of opportunity for promotions and people were hesitant to allow people to move across functions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis rating"

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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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same Alcon anymore."

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    • Senior Management
    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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