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Novartis Reviews

Updated 19 December 2014
Updated 19 December 2014
261 Reviews
3.3
261 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 experience, good work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Large company, high profile company

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Long hours and high stress with mediocre raises, but excellent experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Gained valuable experience while working at Novartis.

    Cons

    I worked mainly for the Sandoz Division of Novartis which I've heard is much different from the others, but in any case, it was a culture of high stress, daily emergencies, late nights and weekend work with minimal recognition or appreciation. Lacking in leadership and resources, tend to promote poorly performing employees in order to move them out of departments. Novartis management and oversight lacked heavily over the Sandoz Division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and hire the appropriate amount of people or your best employees will continue to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Networking is key, if you want to get promoted

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, not too much bureaucracy, good system for identifying and promoting talents

    Cons

    Promotion sometimes based on being nice rather than being valuable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistent promotion guidelines and policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales representative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    The pay, products and benefits are solid

    Cons

    Leadership changes are constant. Every new leader then tries to establish a new direction with their stamp on a new a new culture that is never realized. Decisions are erratic and respect for reps is not great. 5 layoffs/re-orgs in last six years...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for Novartis as a contractor

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    Former Employee - Analytical Scientist in Lincoln, NE (US)
    Former Employee - Analytical Scientist in Lincoln, NE (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, well managed, opportunity to learn, good work/life balance, stimulating work, opportunity to get lots of great hands on experience, able to apply theory in practice

    Cons

    As a contractor there was little chance to get hired on as a full time associate, good if you want a job for just a year or two between going back to grad school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide health care to contract employees. Contractors are treated as equals in the workplace, this is very much appreciated, but salary and benefits for contractors are far below. If you need a contractor for more than a year, then you need a regular associate :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work!!

    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, opportunity for growth and personal development, flexible hours

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate office politics at times, beaurocratic, too many layers and conservative approach can feel like you are not making an impact

  8.  

    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Awesome pipeline and opportunity to do more than your job description

    Cons

    Systems and processes still being refined

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue listening and looking forward

  9.  

    What a Mess!!

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Not much, other than getting to use the Alcon campus gym and cafeteria

    Cons

    Shared Service Center is a complete mess. There is no standardization and really low employee moral. Everyone is depressed and always complaining. Open work environment with one small 2 foot cube wall. Since there are no offices, there are a million meetings and conference calls a day. I never knew if I would get laid off the next day due to "Finance Transformation" and "restructuring." They laid off employees left and right from Alcon. Its in a nasty part of Fort Worth in a factory area. No restaurants or shops around, except the various strip clubs and ghetto houses around. They also don't believe in giving good reviews. If you doing amazing, they still refuse to give anything more than a meets expectations review. They have this huge process where all the managers go in a room and calibrate reviews to move them up or down. I only took the job because I was unemployed at the time. About half of the people working there were in the same situation. Personally, Im not that big of a fan of diversity.... Lets just say, they hire their brothas, sistas, and cousins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit laying people off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    For a better future.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good, but in practice work life balance occurs only to the operational level.

    Cons

    The salary is lower compared to the market and the demand of working for managers is high due to insufficient structure. The correction of salaries for managers is not aligned with transfer of annual inflation and are usually lagged year by year. When the managers feel exhausted, they leave Novartis Brazil, even after many years with the company. There are no investments in training for managers, regardless of the requirement for development the team. There is no trade off for the managers, the benefits not outweigh the costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice is to rethink the economy at any cost, and look at the managerial level with care because usually add much value to the company.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great campus, few opportunities for professional growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    The Basel campus is an excellent place to work: on-site gym, several restaurants (although all are pricey), and interesting architecture and art.

    Cons

    Since Novartis has sold off several divisions and undergone some changes in finance processes, there aren't a lot of opportunities for professional growth. Competition for jobs is intense, so look elsewhere if you're trying to move up the ladder. Also, if you are a woman with children in Switzerland, be aware that there is a strong cultural bias against hiring women for jobs that are perceived to require a high level of commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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