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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. "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.


  2. "Okay experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "HR"

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    • Culture & Values
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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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great job security, but department is a mess

    Cons

    Poor Senior Management. Salary is not consistent within company. Salary difference within department for same title


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good stepping stone to another Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC

    Pros

    Highly motivated, educated workforce, and young. Good investment in employees, proffessional development is highly valued. Coworkers are fun. Interesting technology. Looks good on a resume and will help you get a better job.

    Cons

    Poor corporate culture: competitive between departments, projects. Hard to get resources to do what is needed. Crazy workweeks are the norm not the exception, lots of overtime. No work-Life balance

    Advice to Management

    Stop recruiting only type A people. Manage employees expectations, don't promise them opportunity for advancement if it is not really there. Have reasonable project timelines.


  7. "High stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    base compensation and bonus was very competitive

    Cons

    Tight deadlines, high stress, constant turnover


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Beautiful facilities, great people to work with, good company, ineffective management style and HR policy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Competitive benefits
    Opportunities to travel and career advancement
    Clear Vision and Mission

    Cons

    Confusing policies across divisions
    Unable to retain talents
    Lack of core technical resources
    Weak leadership and people skills

    Advice to Management

    Regarding retaining talents:
    Embrace diversity through daily interpersonal skills and not just initiatives.
    Provide appropriate training and ensure competency prior to allowing people to assume full responsibilities of new roles without on-going training or coaching.
    Hold managers with direct reports accountable for their team performance as much, if not more, as holding a project manager accountable to his/her project.
    Encourage accountability via coaching rather than performance evaluation alone which promotes a blame game and distrust working environment.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Been here 1.5 months and I'm SO disappointed!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Administration in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Business Administration in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pay is competitive
    Easy to get to
    Benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    I can't believe how disorganized things are. They upgraded their e-mail and calendar system right after I started and a month later most of the features still aren't working. You can't book a conference room thru the calendar system (you have to put a post-it note on the conference room door...really????), most calendars aren't viewable so you have to call everyone in order to get their availability, IT can't answer any of your questions, etc.
    I am a hard worker and believe in getting the job done but there are certain resources I need in order to do it. I feel like I am merely treading water..not getting anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    A lot more effort needs to be put into streamlining many of your business practices. Most processes here are so drawn out that it can take you half a day to perform simple tasks.Most of the the time it is because the resources aren't available or the process isn't written down anywhere


  10. "When the economy gets better...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Products do help prevent and cure disease. Worthwhile cause.

    Cons

    Company wide, the management skills are lacking

    Advice to Management

    Start training managers to be managers. Stat!


  11. "Do I have to?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free flu shots are nice.

    Cons

    Culture isn't just for petrie dishes anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Too big for your own good.


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