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Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Lars Fruergaard Jørgensen
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  1. "Best Culture, great benefits"

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

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Pros

    Hands down amongst the most superior work cultures and work life balance of any company out there, anywhere

    Cons

    Higher positions and promotions mainly favor Danish. Unless you go to corporate or other non technical areas, Americans will not move above a Director level in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Grade American employees more fairly and consider for promotions and career advancement. US salaries are below middle for the pharma industry.


  2. "District Manager"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work, good benefits and pay

    Cons

    Change management issues, market environment is challenging

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Can be amazing"

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    Current Employee - Process Maintenance Technician in Clayton, NC
    Current Employee - Process Maintenance Technician in Clayton, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, and easy job

    Cons

    Boring, having an inside hook up helps advance majorly, managers are hit or miss.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the value of your employees and don't let them just leave because you are too stubborn to admit your own weaknesses.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "2017"

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    Current Employee - HQ Professional in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - HQ Professional in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good public image. Helping people stay healthy. Nice corporate campus.

    Cons

    Layoffs are never good - ours were ugly. Arrogant senior/ mid management disinterested in staff realities. Too much emphasis on appearances. Managers mostly support their own hires or politically expedient / favorites. US stints by danish managers create inconsistentcy and many somewhat arbitrary initiatives. Effort to move work to India is a shameful, check the box exercise with quality and efficiency losses, meanwhile layoffs loayal and qualified US staff.

    Advice to Management

    Look back 5 or 7 years and do that.
    Develop internal staff.
    Don't cut investment to meet short term metrics.


  5. "Executive Institutional Diabetes Care Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Hospital Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Hospital Sales in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Mission to patients and physicians,

    Cons

    Poor upper management, future not bright

    Advice to Management

    Honesty


  6. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Pros

    Great team environment. Really interested in development

    Cons

    A lot of changes happening


  7. "Not all change is good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, inclusive culture, excellent products, employees who have a real passion for the company, products, and patients

    Cons

    The executive leadership team is in disarray. New US President (3 one in 8 months) is power hungry, out of touch with the organization and uses a 1970's approach to leadership boasting about how he used to do his job.

    Advice to Management

    Replace most of the ET. Bring in leaders who understand how to lead and inspire people not beat them down while trying to "engage" them.

  8. "Director plus"

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing company and culture. Awesome work life balance. Exciting drugs.

    Cons

    Management sometimes are short sited but are fair.

    Advice to Management

    Doing great.


  9. "Digital Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Pros

    Insurance, vacation time, sick time - 10 days for use on self or family, summer Fridays and closed week of Christmas

    Cons

    Very limited remote work, location of office isn't ideal, technology roadmap is behind


  10. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Plainsboro Center, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, great insurance coverage, great maternity leave policy

    Cons

    Lack of transformational leadership, poor mid-level and upper level management (VP level)


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