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Novartis Reviews

Updated September 25, 2017
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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 22 reviews)

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  1. "Positive vision for future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good and competitive benefits. Network of opportunities at other sites, if you are willing to be mobile. Recruits good talent.

    Cons

    Need to work on solid development plans across all personnel to aid in retention and to keep people engaged. Need a better work / life balance.


  2. "Sales"

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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

    Great benefits, pay and car

    Cons

    long hours of paper work

  3. Helpful (5)

    "MES"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    The organisation is good as a whole but not the managers as their personality reflect arrogance and bad attitude. If you are a bengali then its not that bad.

    Cons

    Well all the managers from Practice Heads to Team Leads are full of crap. Horrondous culture. They don't do anything to keep the employees happy but everything to ruin their career. They have too much favouritism towards those bengali folks since the managers and the group heads are bengali. It was all about putting their favourite employees on the silver plate while drawning the others in the mud. Plenty of immature bullying that often comes off as cartoonish, be it TLs or even Practice Heads. I am assuming they need to layoff such managers, clean off the middle managers to create a good environment in the organisation. Till then avoid it like a plague

    Advice to Management

    Its better to leave the job then trying to make things work among these crappy bengali managers. Even the other TLs do nothing but suck on to their thumb. Worst of all, people lack the courage to speak up since the HR is untrustworthy. MES is not fixable. RUN


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Turf Wars"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is average for industry and company size

    Cons

    Constant turf wars between departments; Basel and USA, German, British , French, etc who stay in power and treat people by "ours" and not.
    Harsh treatment of colleagues, bureaucracy out of this world, incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    IT management need expertise in IT. Not in project management , not in business, not in QA , etc. If one person on a management team came from other department - that is healthy diversity. But if any manger never was able to write 50 lines of code that is recipe for trouble. Totally clueless IT management.


  5. "Good company but too many micromanagement"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    A lot you can learn on clinical trials

    Cons

    Some low level managers (PP) only optimize themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Please show your resection to all associates.


  6. "Good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Sinking Spring, PA
    Current Employee - Operations in Sinking Spring, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefit package includes health, dental and vision at a reasonable price for family coverage. Company paid contact lenses. 15 days PTO for the first year. Excellent 401k. Annual bonus based off company performance.

    Cons

    Production work. Standing or sitting in one place for your entire shift. If you're hired for a job you don't care for you must stay with that job for 18 months before you can bid for another department. Low starting wage.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company but bad management"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer I in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefit (401K ). There are no more pros.

    Cons

    Bad balance between family and work. 15 days of PTO (Vacation and Sick), Health insurance high copays and deductible. Discrimination and no team work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to restructure the departments, there is not growing space in the company.

  8. "trial management"

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    Current Employee - Senior GTL in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior GTL in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    high exposure and responsibility- very dynamic and intelligent company

    Cons

    impossible to finish job... always too much to do with too little help

    Advice to Management

    hire more and stop re-organizing!!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Compliance Associate"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Lots of growth opportunities. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and changing priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to associates who express that they are under pressure and need more support.


  10. "Massive layoff at the US and Switzerland sites"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    No pros worth to mention when the company moving all the statistical programming and DM positions to india. Hyderabad site is the most efficient site, people was told.

    Cons

    Interesting to notice, 20 word minimum are required for pros and cons, but there are so many 5 star reviews posted with about 5 word or so of pros and cons

    Advice to Management

    Hope all the people will leave in the first wave.


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