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Novartis Reviews

Updated 14 December 2014
Updated 14 December 2014
260 Reviews
3.3
260 Reviews
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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.  

    Good Company to experience challenging job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Salary, Challenging Work, Business Trip

    Cons

    Unconvinient location, Huge overtime work

  2.  

    OK

    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Skilled people; some resources; free coffee

    Cons

    Not organized; high stress; insecurity; anxiety

  3.  

    Vaccines division culture has declined over last few years

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

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

    Pros

    - good remuneration packages and benefits
    - lots of new initiatives to work on and plenty of projects however there is a downside to this
    - never gets boring however there is a downside to this

    Cons

    - The culture in the vaccines division is to overload / stretch employees forcing them to work extra hours/ from home/ weekends. If you resist this and try and keep a healthy balance it will show in your performance review as you'll never achieve more than an average rating. Employees who don't deliver get put onto a performance improvement plan and then if your performance doesn't improve to the level expected you're out. I have seen this route misused by managers and some good people have gone just because their bosses didn't like them.
    - Most events and initiatives are treated like a life threatening emergency because many of people who lead the division are fire fighter types who need the adrenalin rush and this gets cascaded downwards and impacts the stress levels of those of us who don't need panic and adrenalin to make us productive.
    - Work obsessed people who lack empathy and finesse tend to get the promotions these days as they bully their way to success at the expense of others. Results count more than how you get them at the end of the day and there are some hated people in some of the top jobs.
    - It comes down to luck if you get a good manager or not and if you have the bullying type you'd better make sure you play the game their way. If you get one of the few empathic and caring managers (and there are a few still about) Novartis can be a supportive and enjoyable place to work but these circumstances are becoming less frequent.
    - The vaccine division lacks real confidence and there is a culture of too many initiatives being implemented at once intended to help lead the company to world class status but this never seems to be achieved. Some of these initiatives are really good and have had a positive effect on the business however there are always too many of them and they tend to fall on the shoulders of the same people to deliver / take part in leading to the over work / extra hours situation mentioned in the first point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be interesting to see what impact the GSK acquisition has on the business and what happens to the flu business when a buyer is found. I'm not sure if any of the vaccines senior management team would take much from this review due to the cons listed above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    have seen better days

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Quito (Ecuador)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Quito (Ecuador)

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

    Pros

    great coworkers, access to the latest products and technology, good lunch service, new office is nice, international travel opportunities

    Cons

    politics are too strong, "high level" friendships will make you grow more than your own work, managers just care about their jobs and bonus don´t care about people in the team, HR is weak, branch depends on headquarters for most of the decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire better people for managerial roles

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Novartis from a consultant`s perspective

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Pros

    Very open work environment, respect for work hours

    Cons

    Highly centralized in matters outside the daily functionality. Poor access to data, poor infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralize IT policy for innovation. Business intelligence standardization gets in the way of opportunities when it comes to innovation for higher performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good opportunity, if you can deal with pressure and attitudes.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative in Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative in Parsippany, NJ (US)

    I worked at Novartis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, summer hours, benefits, unlimited sick days, week off between Christmas & New Year

    Cons

    Not all Admins are allowed flex time/WFH. They overwork Admins. Too many policies and meetings. Jobs are thrown at Admins at last minute & need a fast turn around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the support staff feel like a part of the team & not outsiders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company during the good years. Now they are doing more with less.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Midwest, WY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Midwest, WY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good training. Stable products at the time.

    Cons

    To many cliff patents. Portfolio has now suffered and current produce are me-to products. Lost it's punch. Pipeline is slim despite what you read.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I go beyond management. Advise to leadership-CEO get on the same page as he reps. Understand the industry and you will find your answers for field reps.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor recruitment of Managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Writer II in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Writer II in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    If the team is lead by an experienced and talented Manager, the environment is great to work. Work load is high but a good Manager (if he/she knows what people management is all about) understands and provides a flexi ambience to deal with day-to-day work pressures

    Cons

    Assessment and recruitment of managers is sometimes poor. A Manager in a setting like Novartis should be best assessed not just based on his/her knowledge, rather its the natural talent for managing people tactfully or can even be inculcated overtime after gaining some experience. Lack of this kind of recruitment creates a tough environment for associates to deal with and their careers are at a stake sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better assessment and recruitment of right Managers is essential. Otherwise, with better opportunities out there, retention of people in a team will become tough as bad and inexperienced Managers make it tough for associates to work smoothly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent Postdoc experience with a lot of opportunity to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    - Good infrastructure and equipment
    - High-level science (although it may depend on the group)
    - Large networking possibility
    - Beautiful new St. Johann campus

    Cons

    - Very hierarchical
    - Conservative
    - Lots of political games
    - Postdocs and PhD students are not very respected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More openness, discussion, and honesty.

  11.  

    Good place to work, great benefits not so good wage

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    All the organization processes are well defined, great benefits (Even if you are a contractor). Nice people in general. As a contractor you had lunch, and even breakfast almost for free, coffe free. Inside the company you also get gym, bonus, massages, kindergarden for your children and others

    Cons

    From what I heard (I was a contractor) the wage was a little below average. Burocracy can make you irritated at sometimes. Complex organization chart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase wages maybe

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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