Novartis Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
243 Reviews

3.4
243 Reviews
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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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.  

    Great place to work

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work with loads of exposure

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    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    Great Place

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about the money

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    Current Employee - Scientist I  in  Emeryville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Emeryville, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good track record of bringing therapy to patients

    Cons

    The bottom line is the money being made for novarits, Basel and the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research is important to innovation. Laying off the cancer researchers in Emeryville is short sighted and will results in significant delays to patient care. Potential life saving therapies will be delayed or halted for lack of hands and poor planning for transitioning to Cambridge. Consider putting the priority on patient care and employee welfare rather than site upgrading or huge profit margins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pay, benefits, opportunities are great! Will not get bored. Lots of work to do. Has been in Lincoln over 100 years.

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    Current Employee - Administrative  in  Lincoln, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative in Lincoln, NE (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and yearly bonus. Great benefits including short and long term disability. Good job opportunities and the company hires from within. Job openings are available. Transfers to other states for positions are available.

    Cons

    Very stressful work environment. Uncertain of longevity. Has had layoffs. Company not running a lot of products. Uncertain what the future hold. Fear of other layoffs, closing plant, buyout by other company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together and treat people like humans, not numbers. Give better surveys to employees so you get a more true picture of what is really going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Marketing and Sales analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Really dynamic, lots of projects and challenges

    Cons

    Depend on which country you are, but personal evolution is really low (verify if there is growth in your country, if not structure don't move). There is good salary, but really stable over the years. Management is really based and focus on financial aspects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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