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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. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis Pharma India"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Hyde, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Hyde, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work and very flexible work options. Very good pay also

    Cons

    no growth and lot of internal politics

    Advice to Management

    Kindly review your management teams performance regularly rather than listening to them. Mostly they dont work and they just time pass


  2. Helpful (1)

    "If you're a robot, there's a job for you here..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Hospital Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Hospital Sales Representative in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move upwards if you're prepared to keep your mouth shut.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy; no trust; employees treated like children. Don't open your mouth or you will have your life made miserable.

    Advice to Management

    If you want a speak up culture, you need to get your middle management in line.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Associate in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Associate in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours although you are expected to work 7,5 hours per day. Gym, hairdresser etc on site is also very positive.

    Cons

    Some of the schemes have lacked some clarity and direction. However, this is expected to get better within the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Advise to management would be to cater to the issues of clarity described in the cons. Coming into a new company without a clear role, there is only so much you can do just on your own.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Sense of community
    Internal expertise

    Cons

    Limited career development for non-medics in scientific roles (outside Basel HQ)
    Not that "family friendly" (e.g. maternity leave/pay policy, part-time/flexible working)

    Advice to Management

    Revisit HR policies


  5. "Excellent company, excellent prospects."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Database Designer in Camberley, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Database Designer in Camberley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional caring interested forward-thinking innovative.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any at all.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. "A low period"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frimley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frimley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making a difference to the lives of patients through innovation and passion in certain areas.

    Cons

    The company is going through a 'low period' - something of a dip - which seems to happen in a cycle here (having seen it through 8 or so years). Motivation is low, despite the arrival of an inspirational new GM in the spring of 2015. The current leadership team appears to be a group who are using Pharma UK as a stepping stone to bigger and better things - with more interest in politics and power-struggles than making a difference. This is disappointing for those of us who are still very passionate and committed to this company.

    Advice to Management

    Try to move away from UK Pharma leadership roles being nothing more than a stepping stone to Basel. Whilst, culturally, the focus on values and behaviours is the right one (as are those chosen) there are certain members of the LT who are very well known for their failure to lead by example. That they are not held to account makes the LT lack credibility - a great shame when there is an inspirational GM and a couple of LT members who are second to none.
    I would not recommend NVS to a friend at this moment in time.


  7. "Excellent team / Ophtalmology branch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in Frimley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in Frimley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and very supportive team especally for someone new for the insustry. Excellent managere, flexible working hours. Happy employee

    Cons

    Driveng towards the office is a little nightmare. Slow and complicated processing

    Advice to Management

    Provide early training for new beginners. There is no piont to wait 4-6 moths for some certen trainings

  8. "Great Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Processes and work practices in place to ensure that quality was maintained in all division.
    Good work life Balance

    Cons

    A lot of functions where outsourced to India.
    No more Career Opportunities in the UK


  9. "Healthcare development manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Healthcare Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Healthcare Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Rich pipeline- rewards well
    Great people

    Cons

    Operates from a global franchise perspective

    Advice to Management

    Think of the total customer experience- NHS


  10. "Novartis UK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camberley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camberley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The teams are friendly, work hard and are dedicated to developing life-changing pharmaceutical. Novartis values cultural diversity and people from different countries and different backgrounds can progress to high levels within the company based on merit.

    Cons

    The level of bureaucracy is a hurdle to progressing with what seem to be relatively simple activities. However this may be due in part to some of the recent changes in the company and its processes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your associates. Review and get feedback on your processes to ensure that they support rather than hinder your workforce.


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