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Novartis V&D Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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Novartis V&D CEO Andrin Oswald
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Pros
  • Good benefits, salary, environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Salary, good people throughout the organization (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to obtain headcount in many departments so work/life balance sometimes strained (in 7 reviews)

  • Bad upper management mostly, decisions changed quickly (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer III in Holly Springs, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Holly Springs, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture and benefits. Strong financial backing.

    Cons

    The site where I worked was overburdened with poorly designed processes. Processes were designed by people who lacked the necessary experience to effectively build them. Most of these people left the company before start-up completed. The amount of patch-work and rework to solve the improperly constructed processes was seriously concerning.


  2. "Good company, with good products"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Novartis V&D full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company had good portfolio of products, some very novel vaccine concepts, global environment and very bright and hardworking group of people

    Cons

    Bad upper management mostly, decisions changed quickly. Leadership turnover was high. Some bad apples in high position ruined an otherwise congenial and dedicated group of people.

  3. "Okay experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues. very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Some terrible people were promoted to leaders. Those people have treated their staff poorly and created a political environment and hostile bullying workplace.


  4. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    regular hours, good company culture, smart people, abundant resources

    Cons

    many perks only available to regular employees, bureaucracy typical of large pharma


  5. "Being taken over"

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    They gave development opportunities to most people, and if they showed their worth, you could get more. Salaries were so-so

    Cons

    Some major decisions didn't involve the right people. The profit margins were too small

    Advice to Management

    Think more before "running with it"


  6. "Great career development plan"

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    Former Employee - Value Chain Manager II in Holly Springs, NC
    Former Employee - Value Chain Manager II in Holly Springs, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was part of the Global Technical Leadership Program. 2-year program with 3 rotations in different countries in different functions. Fantastic way to accelerate my professional development.

    Cons

    I used to work in the vaccines division, and there was minimal to no interaction between the vaccines division and the other divisions of the company (Pharma, Sandoz...)

    Advice to Management

    I believe there are many synergies (talent development/training, best practices in manufacturing/research, etc) that could be gained by having the divisions of the company more integrated.


  7. "HR"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    longevity of company
    good brand
    follows corporate values

    Cons

    to many processes
    hard to get things done

  8. "Ok company great technology"

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Holly Springs, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are awesome and the tech and job flexibility is great.

    Cons

    Salary could be slightly more competitive. Right now with the buy out, uncertainty is in the air.

    Advice to Management

    Pay?


  9. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits for the company were the best I experienced in the Bay Area.

    Cons

    Executive Management needed more face time with the people they employed.

    Advice to Management

    I think it was addressed after I left.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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

    Pros

    Great working environment. Flexible work schedule. Lots of perks. Coworkers are friendly and ready to help.

    Cons

    Long and complicated internal process, waited one month to get approval for access to a database.


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