Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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  1.  

    Juvenile / High School Clique Management Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hanover, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    The pay is (was?) great as evidenced by the quality of cars in the car park; I have seen a Maserati, Tesla, and even a Ferrari in the "common" (i.e. non-executive) lot.

    Cons

    While every company has internal politics, it's as if Novartis management - no leadership here - and HR actively encourage it. In short, this once great company is now run by a high school clique mentality, where promotions and positions are dolled out based on beauty not merit.

    Also, Novartis recently moved all of HR, IT, Sourcing, and other back office functions into a shared service. While there will be no impact on headcount. jobs will be shifted to Hyderabad, Prague, and Dublin. Total compensation will be cut, and the few opportunities there were will be given to "the club" of the privileged few who run this place. So if you're looking for a back office spot, consider moving to India or Eastern Europe.

    As an example of how many employees are dissatisfied (and only really staying because the pay is great), the brilliant Novartis HR team sent out a memo about end of year reviews and actually highlighted the appeals process. Specifically, they mentioned it in the subject (ala "End of Year Reviews and Appeals Need to Be Completed By XX Date."). Really? Shouldn't appeals be the exception to employee reviews? By calling it out in the subject and detailing the process in the body of the email, HR is basically recognizing the fact that the appeals process at Novartis is now status quo for end of year reviews, with a significant percentage of employees invoking it. Let that be an indication of the kind of environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother? I feel that if they even care to see these reviews, they'll just laugh, checking the value of their options and laughing at the little gal/guy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent experience in a great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Diversity
    Ethics
    Excellent work place
    Great coworkers
    Friendly
    Career development
    Value honesty and integrity

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Managers more than leaders
    Absence of work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be more compassionate

  3.  

    The last five years have been a roller coaster of constant change and upper mismanagement.

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    Former Employee - Field Representative
    Former Employee - Field Representative

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Training department has become inferior. The benefits package is industry competitive. Compensation is industry competitive.

    Cons

    Lack of company vision, inconstant upper management, lack of honesty in dealing with their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management resign, mid management grow a backbone, field management give honest feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Depends on your division

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are great.

    Cons

    Gilden handcuffs keep their employees there. If you can work In a toxic environment the pay is great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your company mantra of work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    MA III

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Holly Springs, NC (US)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Very flexible with work schedule

    Cons

    The companies values are good and training is getting better, not where it needs to be but it is really improving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go more with the obvious

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, good benefits, awesome training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Hardworking people, very knowledgeable and skilled reps

    Cons

    A lot of layoffs in the past several years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Business unit heads try to be transparent, great benefits, great working atmosphere, nice people, company has good reputation.

    Cons

    Silos still exist, approvals are needed for everything - difficult to do job sometimes, talk of career development by managers - but never really happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement work-at-home policy for department to match the rest of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best Company

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    Former Employee - Internal Communication in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Internal Communication in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    It was an awesome experience

    Cons

    I don't see any cons

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Was Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in East Hanover, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Fair, good salary, good benefits, cared about their employees, happy place to work.
    Layer off hard workers and kept those that didn't work but knew the hidden secrets of upper management

    Cons

    Upper management only ones would are important after layoffs. Didn't care what happened to their dedicated employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the people who made you what you are. You forgot all about them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The company had many initiatives that were concerned with the health and wellbeing of their employees.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there was no on-site cafeteria.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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