Novartis Reviews

Updated 7 September 2014
Updated 7 September 2014
242 Reviews
3.4
242 Reviews
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
115 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it (in 14 reviews)

  • Great products, challenging environment, good pay and benefits (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit (in 11 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Independence, great offices in Barcelona, load of responsibility, load of training, a huge marketing budget, great benefits for employees, very professional co-workers, great management, great place to learn.

    Cons

    No much opportunities for growing right now or having an indefinite contract, loads of bureaucracy and long and slow internal processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at Novartis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great budget with very smart people working on interesting problems. Fun office culture.

    Cons

    The office itself wasn't all that nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If something is too good to be true, it is.

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    Current Employee - Tissue Culture Scientist  in  Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Tissue Culture Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I have been working at Novartis as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Satisfying work if you get the position you want, good pay, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Nepotism runs rampant. The person who trained me got me replaced without warning for her husband who now works in the same lab as her. They will tell you anything to keep you around long enough to suck the last bit of happiness from you before they discard you for an over-qualified family member. Too many meetings where nothing ever gets accomplished. Everyone with anything higher than a Bachelor's degree walks around thinking they are the next Einstein, all while getting paid to sit at their computer and watch That 70s Show on Netflix all day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You work at Pfizer's ugly cousin...put your feet on the ground, you aren't god. Keep people who do a good job around, don't promise people's family members a job and replace competent workers for it. Have a meeting that actually produces something for once. Stop letting everyone "work from home" and then complain when things in the lab don't get done. In short, do your job the right way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Novartis....used to be better....just ok now.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Bonus and Stock if you are in Oncology. Other areas have been up and down, which can effect your bonus.

    Cons

    Runs very lean, a lot of travel, high pressure, long hours everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hopeless

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    Current Employee - VSS  in  Marion, IL (US)
    Current Employee - VSS in Marion, IL (US)

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Was a new start for something

    Cons

    Sold to Gsk and project over

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work with loads of exposure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Service Provider  in  Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - IT Service Provider in Basel (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good functional opportunities, Satisfactory Compensation

    Cons

    Management is not transparent, poor development opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Opportunities exist to move around but you have to work to find it. Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it.

    Cons

    A lot of changes every few years. Restructuring can be difficult and create uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Career Development

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of HR encouragement for career development.

    Cons

    It is unclear how decisions are made about hiring. It is an opaque process. It is impossible to move from one department to another.

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

    Novartis Review

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Parsippany, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart employees, very challenging work

    Cons

    Hard work does not always guarantee a promotion. Seems like the company is more concerned with developing the other countries employees and US employees are not given the same opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair and identify the real talent in the organization and not the chosen ones

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for, but a little politics and lobbies

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    Current Employee - Security Specialist  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, nice work/life balance

    Cons

    Office politics and lobbies, favoritism is rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your work horses

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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