Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 13 December 2014
Updated 13 December 2014
521 Reviews
3.5
521 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 39 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance is not well balanced and the pressure is difficult to support (in 30 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Amazing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Greta place to work
    The company invests in you and the career yu want to take
    Great work/life balance
    You feel like you can make a difference

    Cons

    I wanted to change to a completly different department but there were no entr-level positions at the headquartes. I think that the graduate programs should be available in every department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It is a school of pharmaceutical business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Representative in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Medical Representative in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As i said it is a school of pharmaceutical business with good career pathway to go through and to be promoted, it is a reputable company within the field and between its customers with reputable products which are brands, also having a big pipline make it go forward further and further

    Cons

    For being a big company you have to be a lion between other lions and to compete fairly with your colleages, so work-life balance maybe affected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more concern about work life balance for the field force and increase their opportunity to be promoted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Summer Intern

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

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible, Teamwork while also working independently

    Cons

    None really, Great company to intern at

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Many interesting years

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

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

    Pros

    It is a diverse environment, where you meet people from different countries and learn how they perceive the work environment. Novartis has a competitive atmosphere, making you strive to be the best you can be. It offers many opportunities that can help you grow in your career. I worked 24 years there and I wish I could have worked at least 15 more.

    Cons

    As with many other pharmaceutical companies, you feel your job is at jeopardy because of the contant restructuring due to patent losses and outsourcing to contract manufacturing, R&D and moving whole departments to other countries with cheaper labor or less regulation, like China.
    Raises were getting lower or none at all in the last few years. Promotions were many times based on who you know, not what you know, which can severely damage the competitive future of any company, by placing incompetent people in critical positions and creating a hostile or un satisfying environment.
    The personnel review process was based on forced distribution, or bell curve. Therefore, they had to "punish" some for that sake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should concentrate more on the practical side of the company and less on theoretical training that just leads to waste of resources and time. Give credit where credit is due.
    Use your position wisely and recognize the real talent surrounding you and promote and reward accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Representative in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Medical Representative in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good growth opportunity, very good training center

    Cons

    Very high employee turn over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more communication with staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good company with overall good European style benefits package in the USA!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Suffern, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Suffern, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Very stable corporation with overall good benefits, stable work, good salary, health - dental -vision insurance, and much more.....

    Cons

    Middle level management based on location does not have vision and only looks for short term benefits and achievements. Professionally trying to implement diversity and inclusion, however could not implement based on EOE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw away bureaucracy, nepotism and favoritism. Learn to identify and recognise real performers who are in the workforce at all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Toxic IT environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Salary & benefits OK, but not keeping pace with industry. Continuous downsizing.

    Cons

    Jobs being shed and outsourced, but individual responsibilities continuously increased. Non-technical managers making bad technical decisions. No accountability at top. Weak management of offshore vendors. You are a commodity and constantly reminded of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop covering up your mistakes. Admit them, learn from them and improve you processes. Let the technical folks (who have hands-on experience) weigh in for better decision support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Novartis is all about cutting costs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Huntington, WV (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Huntington, WV (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent insurance and 401k and most co-workers are nice and professional

    Cons

    Low pay and little chance to advance if you are an hourly employee. Chaotic environment from lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid favoritism. Follow through on employee suggestions or problems. Above all be honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sales rep

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good money and good benefits

    Cons

    Poor leadership as everyone is just a number

  11.  

    Account Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Detroit, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Big pharma, broad opportunities across multiple therapeutic disease states

    Cons

    Typical bureaucracy found in big pharma, challenging sales environment due to healthcare reform

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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