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Novartis Reviews

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. "Medical Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Medical Director in East Hanover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company. Good resources to get your work done. Execution on clinical trials is superior. Beautiful campuses. Respect for time off.

    Cons

    Rigid organization. It is difficult to innovate. Impossible to transfer from one department or group to another. HR doesn't understand skills needed to advance the business. Unproductive competition among associates.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need to encourage and protect innovation


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Novartis Had a Negative Impact on Alcon"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Quality in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Quality in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alcon pay is very competitive and the 401k matching is almost too good to be true.
    Novartis buying Alcon has added a huge amount of production facilities/offices thus there are many new career pathways.
    I have high hopes for the new CEO, so far he is taking the right steps to improve the customer's experience.

    Cons

    The overwhelming amount a procedures(pharma centric) placed on a medical device company has prevented us from being able to make product improvements to benefit the customer.
    Alcon personnel have lost the innovative spirit and instead have turned into what does the procedure say robots.

    Advice to Management

    If the actions being proposed are in compliance with regulations and have a positive impact to the customer let's do them. The "beyond compliance" motto is being used as a scapegoat too often for accepting being stagnant.
    Separate pharma and medical device quality procedures. In medical device you are able to verify quality attributes where pharma verification is difficult. The ability for inprocess verification takes some of the pressure off the upfront validation workload and makes it easier to analyze the impact in realtime of a change.


  3. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and culture. Lots of work keeps you busy. The benefits are great and if you work for the right manager flexibility is great.

    Cons

    commute sometimes too busy and you can get overwhelmed - hiring freeze does not help. The flexibility should be company wide - and managers should lead by example.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "IT Community"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South River, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South River, NJ

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

    Pros

    Excellent salaries, benefits, facilities and people. Very committed to quality in both documentation and processes. One of the best companies I have worked for.

    Cons

    Many, many jobs outsourced and off-shored. While this may have slashed costs and been good for the "bottom line" and shareholders, it caused a sharp drop in morale, job continuity and led to a general distrust of upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Be up front and honest when making decisions that affect people's careers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis- Run away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very little. The benefits were nice, but not easily accessed

    Cons

    Management at the Global and Local level was clueless.

    Advice to Management

    look in the mirror.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "One man show"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Drug Regulatory Affairs Associate in Jordan, MN
    Former Employee - Drug Regulatory Affairs Associate in Jordan, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good boost on CV, especially if joining straight after graduation.
    Good pay
    Good healthcare plan
    Most of associates are supporting

    Cons

    Relies a lot on experienced professionals.
    One man show.
    Big company, hierarchy, long approval processes
    bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in fresh/ young associates


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Security Patch Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Security Analyst in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Company is very large and much can be learned there.

    Cons

    They are moving operations to Prague


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very good, fair to employees

    Cons

    Need to improve training capability


  10. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, culture, quality of life

    Cons

    advancement can be tough, faulty review process


  11. "scientist II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    access to new technology, challenge yourself with different project; technology.

    Cons

    not rewarding, not easy to get promotion.



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