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Novartis Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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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. "Good company to work for."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Investigator in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Research Investigator in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation. Very transparent communication from upper management. Great internal education programs. The company really invests in improving worker's technical and management skills. Very stable financially thus good job security.

    Cons

    Favoritism during promotion. Many initiatives but not clear finish to them. Complicated corporate structure so feels like there are a lot of duplication of efforts. Novartis is trying to simplify but needs to do more.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to people's career development.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company review"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Orange, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Orange, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - challengible global working environment;
    - Good career evelopment opportunity;
    - talent co-workers;
    - rich compounds and strong pipeline;
    - efficient management team

    Cons

    - complicated and out-of -date working reporting system;
    - lack of standidaziaion of working procedures, trial reporting procedures;
    - heavy workload

    Advice to Management

    - Implementation of the new advanced reporting procedures and system
    - standadize the working procedures and clinical trial reporting procedures

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company for people who are driven to succeed"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Leader in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is quick to assess talent and provide opportunities. If you are driven and able to deliver real results, this is the place for you.

    The culture is truly driven by a 50% weighting on performance and 50% on values and behaviors. It matters how you perform, but it also matters how you achieved those results. If you exhibit leadership traits, work well in cross functional teams and set a performance standard for the company, you will be rewarded.

    Cons

    The performance driven culture that is a benefit to some can also be challenging to others. If you are looking for long term career stability to "do the same thing for many years", you may be considered a hindrance to someone who may need your position as a stepping stone to the next level. High performers will always be rewarded and offered promotions, mediocrity and low performance will be frowned upon.


  4. "Patient-centric mission, performance driven culture"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Smart and motivated colleagues, strong dedication to unmet medical need, high investment in learning and talent development

    Cons

    Can be challenging to navigate, but colleagues are generally open to networking

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen career paths for technical experts


  5. "I was very pleased doing my job, Good working relationship with all employee's."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good working relationship with all employee's, The Security provided was great.

    Cons

    I have no cons about Novartis.


  6. "Great Company Great People Great Culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Personnel is genuinely valued. Work/life balance is truly brought to life. People development is extremely valued here. Culture is highly collaborative. Compensation is competitive. Benefits are first class. If your in the right department and on the right team, the term "Team Work" finds its meaning.

    Cons

    If you're not in the right department or on the wrong team, the environment can be extremely competitive and passive aggressive. Interdepartmental tasks can feel segmented. Opportunities can be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure challenges and growth in responsibilities go hand in hand with compensation if there is no position to 'grow into' after a few years.


  7. "Scientific Associate II"

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and nice people.

    Cons

    Short-term contract need to have long-term project.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent!"

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    Former Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ

    Pros

    Environment is dynamic, everyone is friendly, people are willing to help each other with anything.

    Cons

    Each employee personalizes their own schedule so it is sometimes difficult to get in touch with them.


  9. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart motivated people who love to be engaged in group discussions

    Cons

    Sometimes an artificial sense of pressure and stress

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that everybody is working hard and don't need to be stressed out in order to give the impression that they care about their work


  10. "Great place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, great product. Novartis has a wonderful Swiss culture that allows for everyone to feel as they are an important part of the company.

    Cons

    There really are no cons to Novartis. It is a company that cares about their employees, their patients and their products!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


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