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Novocure Reviews

Updated December 28, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Territory Manager"

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

    I have been working at Novocure full-time

    Pros

    Amazing company, cutting edge technology, smart realistic leadership. Allowed to work autonomously.

    Cons

    May have more process than Pharma jobs, but the process is engaging.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing in the West.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company in Transition"

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

    Pros

    Some very talented people, good mission, benefits are good. The location is convenient.

    Cons

    We need some encouragement, not just pep talks, but substantive.

    Advice to Management

    The best thing that could have happened did - the ouster of Peter M. Please don't hire anyone like that again. No one deserves that

  3. "Is there a ZERO rating"

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

    I have been working at Novocure full-time

    Pros

    none none none none none none

    Cons

    fully bureaucratic environment. stay away from this company at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    grow up


  4. "DSS Field Employee-Empty Promises/No future opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novocure full-time

    Pros

    Sometimes a Flexible Schedule
    Helping People

    Cons

    Overworked!
    VERY underpaid for the work that the DSS role does.
    Promises of career advancement that never happens.
    Now they are hiring new graduates for this position when there are numerous staff with many years of experience that make similar pay.
    Very low raises.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth!


  5. Helpful (6)

    "No Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company was founded to improve the lives of people suffering from brain cancer.

    Cons

    There is no leadership. The COO, CEO, CFO, Chairman of the Board and the rest of the senior team work together. The other recommendations paint an accurate picture of the company culture. Bullying and public humiliation is the norm, there is zero work life balance and HR is so out of touch they promote the stock options as a big benefit. The stock has lost its value since the company went public. I would not recommend this company unless you like to work in an environment where no one knows what they are doing, there is no leadership and the hours are unreasonably long. The pay isn't fair market either.

    Advice to Management

    You should all cash out and quit. This company needs mature experienced leaders instead of frat boys.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "This seemed like a good idea..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novocure full-time

    Pros

    The company helps sick people which is really great. Met some nice people here from other departments. Overall most of the people in the office want to be there and are willing to help.

    Cons

    As mentioned in the pros, overall good moral across departments, however BEWARE of the accounting department. If you're looking to work very long hours (the controller basically lives at his desk and is often found there at 4am) then this be the place for you. Zero work life balance, the idea of working from home is frowned upon even after hours (no such thing as after hours!) additionally most of the group is super socially awkward and unfriendly. Morale is low, also various rumors around the office that females that were hired to this team typically feel uncomfortable and leave...... and turnover speaks for itself.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the extremely high turnover on certain teams, chances are it's not the people that are leaving rather the people that are managing those teams! Lots of promise of work life balance that doesn't really exist.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Plunging Stock Price Just Says it All"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This is a palliative treatment but will never cure GBM. However, as a Durable Medical Equipment it provides a measure freedom for the patient to live their life. No one wants to see anyone suffer and should the product provide a scintilla of hope for patients and families, the oncology society would benefit.

    Cons

    The plunging of the stock price is a sobering one yet a worthy and accurate reflection of the competency of leadership at the helm. There is a stark difference in the espoused ethos by those that are in patient support (support centric) vs the management of the business itself. Once a 12 year startup now publicly traded (FDA approval and release of stock price simultaneously which is questionable). The environment is geographically challenging because each "C" demanded to work from their respective corner of the world, also each respective group is a clique that moves from one company to the next. Like hires like and NVCR is no different. Witnessed and been subjected to sociopathic, passive aggressive and dismissive behavior toward peers, subordinates, vendors, consultants etc. The leader sets the tone and the tone of leadership which can be verified as a pattern through other reviews is that of inexperience and incompetence. The COO is the most likable and employee centric however struggles to make decisive calls resulting in bad hires of said poor senior leaders. The cycle of dysfunction in leadership is so textbook its humorous.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership will be the undoing of this business. Engineering needs to scale faster. And finally, take you feet off your desks.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Shipping"

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    Former Employee - Shipper/Receiver in Portsmouth, NH
    Former Employee - Shipper/Receiver in Portsmouth, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Novocure full-time

    Pros

    Alot of dedicated employees who care about the patients.

    Cons

    Hostile environment in the dept. Lead and Manager talk behind your back
    and the Lead has a potty mouth. Very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    HR should be more involved in Employee performances and not put their head in the sand.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Go in with eyes wide open..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The technology
    The inventor of the technology
    The patients

    Cons

    Hostile environment/culture
    High tolerance for bullying
    Under-recognition of employees (cheap, if any, gifts, for ex)

    Advice to Management

    What's the point? They don't listen to you anyway


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Glorified Pharma Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    High base. Offers a product for patients that truly can help. Cost is usually not an issue for patients. Please do your research before joining. Ask about your ability as a TM to make independent decisions, to choose how to grow the business as you see fit, and the current KOL mentality towards the device in prospective territory.

    Cons

    Internal: Can be summed up in one sentence recently said by my manager, "You're mine from 8-5." You will be told the Territory Manager job is a "manager" level job by upper management. It's not. This is the most micromanaged sales role I have ever been in and all the managers (Regional Business Leads) have no prior experience in this type of leadership role. The sales goals are unrealistic and you will be relentlessly hounded by your manager and above to achieve them: in person, by phone, by text, and by email. It's all about the "scrip" (Rx) here. (I never want to hear the word "scrip" again, ever.) I am not comfortable with management's rules on who can be certified to use the device. All the leadership is from pharma and worked together previously. Groupthink prevails. Very little time off offered at this company and you will still receive emails and texts that you are expected to work on when you do take time off.
    External: Very little to no buy-in of the product by KOLs. Makes it very difficult to grow the business when key centers block therapy. Clinical trials are truly competition for the product.

    Advice to Management

    Allow your experienced, smart TMs to do their job. You're wasting away your talent by focusing on death by process and procedure. Hire in some outside leadership from other medical sales industries to bring in new perspectives on how to sell in an FDA regulated environment.


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