GlaxoSmithKline Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 10 Jun 2020

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, hard-working staff Staff shop Annual conference Established, globally recognised brand Many chances to be promoted - this is due to high turnover however

    Cons

    Poor culture & high turnover - when leadership asked what they were doing to address this, their answer was "we have implemented a HR policy around this" Lack of leadership - most of senior leadership have left in past two years - draw your own conclusions why - as a result, lack of direction from leadership team on tough decisions Short-term focus by leadership to chase unrealistic targets. This has lead to under-resourcing at the expense of brand equity and employee happiness caused by crippling workloads Poor work/life balance in many teams due to employees leaving and this being absorbed as a 'saving' instead of the position being filled Technology is caught in the past decade - needs to catch up

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    GlaxoSmithKline Response

    May 3, 2018deborah.k.frutos@gsk.com

    Thank you for your detailed feedback. We are pleased you have had some positive experiences with GSK, however it is very concerning to us that you have found aspects of our culture and leadership to be less than favourable. We take this feedback very seriously and encourage you to contact us via our speak up channel here to give us more details: https://www.tnwgrc.com/gsk/main.htm

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Brand Manager"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary package, well-known international brand for future career prospects (GSK is not a forever home), training opportunities and professional development

    Cons

    Incredibly long working hours, temperamental leadership team who value $ over people (typical drug company), stressful work environment for little reward, self-promoting corporate environment, non supportive of working parents / awful work-life balance (expect 14 hour days and weekends to work)

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    GlaxoSmithKline Response

    May 3, 2018deborah.k.frutos@gsk.com

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. It’s clear from your review that during your time working at GSK you had many more challenges than positive experiences and this is something we take seriously. We would encourage you to contact us via our speak up line here which will help us better understand your experiences and how we can improve the experience for all employees: https://www.tnwgrc.com/gsk/main.htm


  3. "Working in GSK is like going to a jungle"

    2.0
     

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline

    Pros

    Great benefits; I can think of anything else.

    Cons

    Too much pressure , no work life balance. Too much expectations from the management. Too much office politics. Management practice is non leadership by example. Some doesn't care about the people they will cross just to be on the upper ladder

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  4. "Good company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good compensation and career opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance may not be perfect

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great career growth"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in London, England

    I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time

    Pros

    Lots of funding and a collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, besides that not much to complain about.

  6. "Great company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Finance Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Does the right thing, good opportunities

    Cons

    Can be long hours and work life balance isnt always there

  7. Helpful (1)

    "More of a social club"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Brentford, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large enough to experience different careers

    Cons

    I worked at the GSK Corporate HQ in Brentford. In many ways GSK is a great place to work, good benefits, work life balance etc, but it is beset with inefficiency. There are a legion of overpaid middle to senior managers engaged in repackaging others work in an endless hall of mirrors comprised of powerpoint presentations that deliver zero change. Projects that in other companies might take 3 months are transformed into Steering Groups, Committees, stakeholders discussions etc and take literally years before people forget what the project was about and the project is rebadged and the clock starts over again. T&E waste was also on an incredible scale with completely unnecessary trips and staff grabbing their air miles. Hal Baron came in as a fated rock star who would with one touch transform the R&D pipeline into gold. I didn't see it. I did however see 620k of GBP in hotels and flight costs being racked up in just one year to pay for Baron to traverse between CA and Brentford. Admittedly working next to the A4 is not that glamorous, but if you don't want to based at the Global HQ why take the job? When Walmsely came in we were expecting change in the management culture which was far to complacent and bloated. Unfortunately it hasn't happened. There is a culture of don't rock the boat, this is a nice gig, let's keep milking it. The share price which has under-performed for years reflects this. Possibly breaking the company up will help. I think they could delayer a large portion of middle to senior management (particularly those who have been there for years) and it would massively improve the efficiency of the company. Again a good place work, but perhaps a bit too much of a gossip and social club than a commercial operation.

  8. "good employer"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Shopper Marketing Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    career development, culture, products, flexible /HO, benefits

    Cons

    big preassure and workload, work - life balance is questionable

  9. "Great products."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great products. Historic good reputation.

    Cons

    Lack of autonomy. Poor leadership with little accountability. Poor work/life balance. Low pay. Do not pay for high performance.

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  10. "Good company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Process Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Benefits are solid (401k match, pension plan, health care) - Managers generally flexible if you leave early for appointments - People are very helpful if you have questions

    Cons

    - Pay is below industry in the area - Commercial manufacturing support hours are scheduled around the manufacturing process, so you can get calls even when off / out of the office - Poor work-life balance - A lot of politics and red tape to get any simple thing done - Fixed bonus structures so it's based on tenure and not your actual performance anymore, so you have a lot of loafers that don't do enough but still get paid as much if not more because they've been with the company longer - Change is poorly managed (parking, people seating allocations)

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