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Novo Nordisk Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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  • might affect work/life balance depending on your overseas partner (in 34 reviews)

  • starting to become too much like big pharma (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Disappointed"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Novo Nordisk as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that comes to mind

    Cons

    Training is nonexistent
    Constant delays with the system
    Management never has a clue about what is going on

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and get off your high horses


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No growth!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice building that's about it

    Cons

    Top heavy. Managers who shouldn't be managers, no promotions!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing and promoting your teams. People aren't satisfied to just earn a paycheck. Novo isn't that special of a place. Treat employees equally.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not all they claim to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novo Nordisk full-time

    Pros

    Aggressive Diabetes Company, great data & resources.

    Cons

    They claim to be the top paying in salary. I left for a huge increase and better work life balance with another company.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Honest Opinion"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, travel policy (accommodations, ability to upgrade, etc.), US-Home Office location

    Cons

    Horrible place to work - management is terrible, the work environment does not embrace collaboration, no flexibility to work from home, treated as a child, minimal opportunity for advancement and when opportunities become availability, tenure is more important than skill.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Paid very well
    Company close to home

    Cons

    Disrespected
    Excluded from the team
    New hire, job eliminated
    Not paid unused vacation time
    Severance check delayed

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire people just to prove your department is an "empire." You have ruined so many lives. I was hired as a specialist and was asked for very little during my short time on payroll.

    I Was required to do more as a temp.


  6. "n/a"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Mesa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good overall. Salary was decent for industry.

    Cons

    Chaos; not very good leadership since there is a new man in charge. Lay offs.


  7. "OK"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Novo Nordisk as an intern

    Pros

    good location and great parking

    Cons

    food no good and cold

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Passive-Aggressive Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayton, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401K, 3 weeks starting vacation

    Cons

    Competency is not a deciding factor in hiring/promotion. Site Clayton is essentially a buddy network where your next position depends on your willingness to be molded into a political puppet. The managers and supervisors provide no transparency due to the fact it would allude to their scheme of putting certain things/people into the place they desire. Business is no longer booming and now they are attempting to run their processes barebones via under-staffing. The human element of site Clayton has been removed and it is now a numbers game. You have supervisors trying to please managers that have unreal expectations who are also under extreme pressure to please SLT's unattainable goals. The nostalgia of this company is gone and all of the favors given out to the wrong employees for the wrong reasons have finally caught up. My best advice to any newcomers is to either avoid this place in its entirety or come in ready to politic. Your 8-12 hour days will consist of trying to pull the knife out of your back before you get home to your family. Also don't bother running a criminal background check on your group of peers because it will open your eyes to see they they are simply looking for "yes mans" to pay minimally and break their backs for job security.

    Advice to Management

    I simply cannot give advice that isn't wanted. You cannot give genuine advice to those with closed ears and tainted minds. Just continue people pleasing and making sure your whiteboards are updated every morning.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Diabetes Care Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The current reps in Akron are not good people. The reps are dishonest and insecure. In 20 years of working in Sales I have never worked with such low quality people as these folks.

    Cons

    The reps, managers and regional business director in the Akron have created a culture of distrust, negativity and talking about people behind his/her backs.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house in Ohio. Novo Nordisk's reputation is becoming one of the worst in the industry.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Novo"

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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

    They pay a decent salary

    Cons

    Cut throat and backstabbing culture and nightmare unexperienced managers


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