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Novartis Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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  • Need to improve Work-life balance for employees (in 48 reviews)

  • Senior management needs to encourage more skip level meets and bear grass root issues (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "product technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Positive career outlook.

    Cons

    Not much to complain about


  2. "Territory Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on your own schedule as long as you're able to develop a plan for your territory that allows you to meet and exceed company's goals and expectations.

    Cons

    50% or more travel is expected depending on the size and geography of the territory. The travel is also dependent on where the majority of the business is so some territories may have more or less travel necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Manage each representative specific to the territory!

  3. "Great experience"

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

    Pros

    It offers great opportunities and they do great work to help people

    Cons

    Corporate environment, not for everyone.


  4. "Great company, reinventing itself"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Massive resources and scale globally
    Breadth of business hedges risk

    Cons

    Ability to continue growing
    Uncertainty about divisional model
    Can the company stick to divisions that need turning around?

    Advice to Management

    Don't strive to be big for bigness sake...it won't get you anywhere.
    Show that you can turn around a division like Alcon instead of selling it off.


  5. "Love This Company!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Administrative Assistant III in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Contractor - Senior Administrative Assistant III in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends

    I have been working at Novartis as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team environment with people who are proactively willing to help. It really seems that everyone enjoys being here.

    Cons

    Would like to be made permanent. That's the only reason that I didn't give it five stars.


  6. "NIBR review"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - openness for flexibility in hours or location of work
    - focused on science
    - time allocation to work on creativity

    Cons

    - chaotic
    - lack of top down governance
    - lack of cross-functional communication
    - lack of transparency of what people are working on, the value of doing and for whom

    Advice to Management

    lead by example and start communicating openly across the organization


  7. "Great place to work but not a lot of upward mobility for admin community"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor

    Pros

    The people are collaborative and easy to work with!

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for admin community

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Great people, lots of opportunity

    Cons

    Inconsistent management direction, small company nature


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company...downsizes are part of the job,,,"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, insurance and 401k

    Cons

    Your job is never really safe.


  10. "Good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources; good work life balance

    Cons

    Chances to learn New skills hands on outside your daily project is limited. You can hear or learn digitally what other ppl are doing, but little chance to learn skills outside your own arena


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