Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
508 Reviews
3.5
508 Reviews
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 38 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Work load is just too much and there is absolutely no work life balance at all (in 28 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Strong leadership
    - Good benefits
    - Sufficient challenges
    - Flexible working environment

    Cons

    - To hierarchical and highly bureaucratic
    - Best talent is not always recognized; only the most nosy or visible ones are worshiped

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management is too aggressive and top-down
    - Curtail hypocritical and egoistic mentality
    - Respect the local culture instad of building an ivory-tower bubble by which expats never integrate with locals
    - Encourage and nurture local talent instead of resorting to short-cut of importing boat-loads of so called 'best-talent' from across the world who are not only too expensive but also do not enrich the environment

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Generally Positive Environment but Not Focused on the Big Stuff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager
    Current Employee - Brand Manager

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked in the consumer health division
    Pros: Upper Management makes an effort to support talent
    Reasonable budgets and brand marketing support

    Cons

    A bit too focused on the quarterly number at the expense of long term / strategic thinking

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a positive experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good opportunities, challenging environment, smart and hard working people.

    Cons

    Lots of politics which take a lot of time and effort to navigate (you will spend as much time trying to figure out who wants what and how to modify what you to do make them happy as you will actually doing work).

    Very financially driven.

    Work life balance and many other company policies are often lip service (this is a "do as I say not as I do" organization).

    Divisions are, for all intense and purposes, different companies. What works at Alcon is likely totally different than what works at NIBR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This organization lacks candor, it could be a case study of "what not to do" from Jack Welch's book "Winning."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Corporate politics I have never experienced before

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people with various backgrounds to work with.

    Cons

    This company is full of political games and if you are not playing it you are the looser. New positions are usually given to friends and allies not based on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunity and Potential

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow, lead and gain valuable experience.

    Cons

    Patent expiry and thin current pipeline. Constant down-sizing. Great talent under appreciated. Many typically leave and flourish in new companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be pro-active vs competitive threats. Tap into experience. Speed up decision-making. Reduce committees.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Reputable Organisation but poor management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary remuneration and good benefits. Emphasizes on healthy living and workshops to support that.

    Cons

    Poor HR management. Absence of 360 feedback. Little emphasis on Talent management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee engagement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fragmented Bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -You can slide, if you know how to hide, play politics, or both.
    -Run like a bank; they can divest any business unit simply at any time
    -Jiminez is outstanding

    Cons

    -Politics
    -Highly fragmented across geographies and divisions
    -Benefits aren't that great, particularly in the US and for a healthcare company
    -Women rule the US due to a 2010 gender bias settlement. Google it.
    -Limited mobility. Lack of promotion or even lateral movement - you're pigeonholed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the talents of your individual employees. Embrace change. Foster collaboration across boundaries and cultures.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice Working ENvironment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    At Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation the working environment is a good career choice. There is a good chance of advancing if you are a good worker.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy. There is too much paperwork, assessments, peer reviews and management reviews that effect the productivity of your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of corporate rivalry that must be overcome to get a more cooperation among the workers. Most importantly, do not send U.S. jobs overseas to India & China.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A good start!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Taipei (Taiwan)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging, rewarding work Never boring Get involved in a wide variety of activities

    Cons

    No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Very good company for career development and opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people and excellent training.

    Cons

    Political situation can severely speed or slow career progress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try your best to retain top employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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