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Updated April 23, 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 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Was better when it was Chiron"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Excellent location (heart of Biotech Bay) within a not-so-urban-yet-not-so-industrial setting.
    -Employees show great team-work efforts in their respective departments as well as do their best to be accommodating to their respective customers.
    -Depending on who your manager is...they MIGHT listen to you.

    Cons

    -Depending on who your manager is...they MIGHT not care about the following: you, your need for professional growth, your opinions, your diligent efforts to improve, and if you've made errors will make it a point to overshadow the positives with the negatives.
    -Micromanagement is not a style--it's a way of life.
    -If you're looking for sympathy you're barking up the wrong tree.
    -Hiring temps (contractors) and constantly renewing their contracts without even so much as notifying them as to when their contract is actually up or whether or not that temp even WANTS to renew their contract

    Advice to Management

    Not that this statement will do any good but you can't blame a person for trying so here it goes: Stop hiring more managers/specialists that complicate matters even further and start hiring your temps who have been there for 2+ years (Vizcaino v. Microsoft...ring a bell??). These are the people who drive the efforts forward that make YOU look good.


  2. "Good place to work if you don't want to be challenged"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance, good compensation, perks that sometimes go with working in a big company. Also, a great place to work if you like working in an academic environment.

    The above are specific to NIBR, not necessarily all of Novartis

    Cons

    Very little is challenging and career growth is limited if you are not in the science areas (which I suppose make sense and is probably appropriate for the group).

    The above are specific to NIBR, not necessarily all of Novartis


  3. Helpful (8)

    "Novartis is a good place to be from"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good science. Good resources. Good management training opportunities.

    Cons

    Most toxic work environment I have ever experienced. Managers only focus on managing "up" to move ahead, often at the cost of their reports. No internal promotions and little recognition for quality work. Speak up and be cut off at the knees culture, even private discussions with manager. Employee review process generally used to punish those who do not fit the "Stepford" employee model. HR's primary role is to protect the abusive middle management corps.

    Advice to Management

    There is such a dramatic disconnect between the stated Novartis values and behaviors norms and those demonstrated by management up to the SVP level that it must be condoned by top management. This must change or Novartis will loose it's innovation culture and become another lock-step big Pharma with a failed internal R&D pipeling.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "CFO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good pay and benefits, good environment

    Cons

    lots of temporary contractors filling for open permanent positions

    Advice to Management

    hire more fulltime employees instead of army of temporary contractors


  6. Helpful (2)

    "work life balance doesn't exist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Position Being Relocated in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Position Being Relocated in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they actually have great benefits compared to other lfie sciences companies. of course they can't compete with Genentech.

    Cons

    wow.. to many to list.
    their moto is to keep talent and promote within. i think it's the complete the opposite considering they've mastered in laying off great FTE employees, sending work off shore, and hiring mainly contractors and temps to save money. If you've been with the company for many years, more than likely, your colleagues who have less years with Novartis are making 30-40% more than you. Now, if you have a close relationship with management, then surely they can get you a 30% pay increase on a promotion without hesitation.

    The indians have very long hours while the Chiefs have a 6 hour work day.

    Advice to Management

    if you truly value talent, then do a better job in keeping them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "V&D Division"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, awesome team and direct management.

    Cons

    2012 Global V&D CFO was a cheap and always watched the budget. Rejected additional headcount when critically needed, only approved higher management promotions, and reduced headcount to capture "savings".

    Advice to Management

    They've forgotten the key value of the company which is talent. You know something is wrong when the division has a high turnover.


  8. "Former Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Located close. Good benefits. flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Poor leadership, harrass non degreed people. Poor HR dept. Lack of vision. Create a poor working enviroment. After employment was told they would inform. me to when med. & other benefits ended. I found out when I tried to fill prescription. Total lack of respect. Would not recommend this non caring company to my worst enemy.

    Advice to Management

    Get some management.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Career Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of HR encouragement for career development.

    Cons

    It is unclear how decisions are made about hiring. It is an opaque process. It is impossible to move from one department to another.


  10. "bad place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    good benefits , salary and vacation

    Cons

    unhealthy environment, poor and cut throat management


  11. "Sales Mgr"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    HUGE Company with amazing resources & oportunity.
    Good current products & great pipeline
    A LOT (lot, lot) meetings. The are extremely helpful and many decisions are made. Many Key forms, spreadsheets & reports are created to help guide the reps.

    Cons

    The yearly performance review fiom is HUGE &confusing-&was called absolute ridiculousness by the author of "The One Minute Manager"Ken Blanchard- who was our keynote speaker.
    He also said that cutting the Bottom 20% of your sales force every year has idiocy. We managers gave him a standing ovation. .. and he was never seen or heard from again.
    The administration load is so extreme that rep are more concerned with checking boxes on the spreadsheet them selling---crazy, absolute cra cra.
    If you are good at admin, email, creative writing, excel (most imp. thing a Mgr gotta know-says my VP) ppt, and politocs- you sir/madam will make a great manager! Forget selling/trainimg/coaching- focus on covering your 6.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drastically cut the sales force- you still have 3 times to many
    focus on true selling skills & training. (Remember how much a disaster "Drop Everything & Sell" was? It produced More admin!!)
    Treat ALL teams wIth respect- even mass market teams.


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