Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 27 August 2014
Updated 27 August 2014
489 Reviews

3.5
489 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 36 reviews)

  • good company with good benefits (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work load is just too much and there is absolutely no work life balance at all (in 24 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Company but very political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    right IT strategy , compensation, compliance to standards

    Cons

    very political , resistant to change , leaders need to lead and not self protect

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Branding, Good work & opportunities

    Cons

    Poor working culture, No proper Analytical work done

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I've learned a lot

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    Current Employee - Medical Representative  in  Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Medical Representative in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    It's a big organization and anyone would be honored to work there as he will learn a lot

    Cons

    As it's a big organization & have a huge number of employees & of course , like any other place , you may be subjected to like & dislike discrimination & you may never be exposed regardless your experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they know quite well

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Capital Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ (US)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I consider Novartis to be one of the best companies to work for in terms of salary, work life balance, diversity and inclusion, benefits and continuous learning. In terms of people, I would say that it depends on who you are matched with (department, peers, superiors, Subordinates, etc). I had an excellent experience during my eight year tenure because I was paired with a great group of peers, superiors, subordinates, contractors, and vendors.

    Cons

    As in most companies, your career path may not progress as fast as you would like it to. As a result, you may have to make the difficult decision to leave. Also, do to the nature of the business, "layoff", similar to rain, is a natural occurrence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Management is to keep making the company profitable for shareholders because there is absolutely nothing you can do to satisfy every employees' needs encompassing personal growth, office culture and training. As with most companies, personal growth is up to the discretion of the respective employees. Novartis spends millions per year trying to maintain an office culture that is inclusive and accepting. Albeit, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the countless hours you spend on internal trainings (compliance, job specific, diversity & inclusion, etc).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Novartis was a very positive experience

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Vacaville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I found the atmosphere to be professional, encouraging, and supportive. I did not experience any time/energy wasted on "office politics" or jockeying for position. I was given the resources I needed to perform my duties, and I found the work to be stimulating and challenging.

    Cons

    There tend to be "silos" of information. I felt I might have performed even better with opportunities to understand better the work of other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the lines of communication about the long-range prospects for each facility in the corporate vision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is nice working with talented and nice people, you can learn and achieve a lot there.

    Cons

    The company reorganizes too frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    My ten years with Novartis has provided me with wonderful opportunities

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Vacaville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and great work life balance. They supported my executive MBA program and there is tuition reimbursement. Flat organization allows many go-getters to really excel by taking ownership and adding value to the organization.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the business strategy did not support new products coming to our site.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tremendous opportunity and experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The people are fantastic and supportive.

    Cons

    Long hours, constant overload in work demands.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember your people, listen to their ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A meaningful career to pursue

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good working environment and culture. Good work-life balance and plenty of training opportunities to upgrade yourself. They promote discussion and sharing session.

    Cons

    Lack of office space for the employees. There were often few employees sharing an office desk. Have to respond fast and alert as you move in and out of clean room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be great if each employee can have their own personal office space to save time carrying their laptop and stuffs around finding space to share.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    The company has a strong commitment to helping patients.

    Cons

    Currently, undergoing significant organizational change

    Recommends

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