Novartis

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Novartis Reviews

Updated 21 January 2015
Updated 21 January 2015
276 Reviews
3.3
276 Reviews
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are good, but in practice work life balance occurs only to the operational level (in 19 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment that encourages personal and professional growth (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit (in 15 reviews)

  • People loosing focus on business due to senior management style (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    bad place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    good benefits , salary and vacation

    Cons

    unhealthy environment, poor and cut throat management

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough but consistent values

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Commercial in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Global Commercial in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Clear goals and objectives
    Talent management is very sophisticated
    Transparent bonus system

    Cons

    high pressure on reaching goals
    Not transparent organisation structure with loads of layers and matrix-teams
    Jobs are being distributed on relationship, not who is the best candidate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the good talent management system and distribute the jobs to the best candidates and talents, and not to the ones where Senior Management has good relationship to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Clinical research associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Newark, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice salary for bio-major candidates

    Cons

    Heavy work load, didn't have good work/life balance

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  5.  

    Industry benchmark.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Functional Head in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Functional Head in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Professional, fast pace, performance focus, energetic

    Cons

    Workload, hire and fire, up or out, arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Low corporate memory, Global organization with heavy internal focus, heavy emphasize on short term results vs. sustainable business models.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Nice campus with many perks including dining options, health center and more

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very competitive, especially retirement savings plans (DRCP, 401k match, etc.)

    Cons

    Not a lot of consideration for work-life balance. Management talks a good game but doesn't 'walk the walk'

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience as an entry-level Pharmaceutical Rep

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    In-depth training; excellent for entry level pharma rep. I was extremely fortunate to have an OUTSTANDING District Manager who supports her team through and through. Not only a "manager", rather a "leader", "coach". Marketing messaging is clear with ethical documentation.

    Cons

    During my tenure, the work-life balance was not in balance. A lot of administrative duties that were required yet admin "time" was not allowed during the work week. Time-off policies were reasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Internship in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Marketing Internship in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    Lots of benefits and a great work balance

    Cons

    Nothing to say, best employee ever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good training ground to develop political skill

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Finance in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    This is a top pharma co, that pays well with good staff benefit.
    Lots of talented people, which makes the intellectual challenge simulating.

    Cons

    An army of people is created at the wrong level, who does not add value but only burden the people (who are really working) with unnecessary demands. Energy gets wasted just to align any decision with group vs division vs region, and thus most apt for people who talk their way thru work. Corporate structure is hard and empowerment is only in theory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff appraisal is only top down, leaving employees no venue to give any upward feedback. Managers should get the job only if they can manage people, and not drive them away.

  10.  

    Excellent company... once you're in

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

    I have been working at Novartis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, even as an intern.
    Great work life balance.
    As an employee I feel the company and my managers invest in my professional developement.
    Campus provides the perfect working environment

    Cons

    Uncertain environment after big M&A deal, fear of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a development program for young professionals to nurture internal young talent.
    As an intern concluding my internship I find it very tough to find a suitable position to remain with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Huge and ever changing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Commitment of every worker at all levels.
    Possibilities of development are huge.

    Cons

    Huge company means priorities are hard to identify.
    Have a network is mandatory, relationships is the most important thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve change management. There is a Change management champion now, I hope she will bring results in this ever changing company.
    Change is good and at the same time hard to implement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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