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Novartis Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
255 Reviews
3.4
255 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 16 reviews)

  • Very open work environment, respect for work hours (in 12 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.  

    For a better future.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Great campus, few opportunities for professional growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    associate director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    good benefit, good company value

    Cons

    limited career growth, limited opportunity for leadership training

  6.  

    bad place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    good benefits , salary and vacation

    Cons

    unhealthy environment, poor and cut throat management

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Tough but consistent values

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Commercial in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Global Commercial in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Novartis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Clear goals and objectives
    Talent management is very sophisticated
    Transparent bonus system

    Cons

    high pressure on reaching goals
    Not transparent organisation structure with loads of layers and matrix-teams
    Jobs are being distributed on relationship, not who is the best candidate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage the good talent management system and distribute the jobs to the best candidates and talents, and not to the ones where Senior Management has good relationship to.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Clinical research associate

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Newark, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Newark, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice salary for bio-major candidates

    Cons

    Heavy work load, didn't have good work/life balance

  9.  

    Industry benchmark.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Functional Head in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Functional Head in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Professional, fast pace, performance focus, energetic

    Cons

    Workload, hire and fire, up or out, arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Low corporate memory, Global organization with heavy internal focus, heavy emphasize on short term results vs. sustainable business models.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Nice campus with many perks including dining options, health center and more

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

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very competitive, especially retirement savings plans (DRCP, 401k match, etc.)

    Cons

    Not a lot of consideration for work-life balance. Management talks a good game but doesn't 'walk the walk'

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

    Great experience as an entry-level Pharmaceutical Rep

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    In-depth training; excellent for entry level pharma rep. I was extremely fortunate to have an OUTSTANDING District Manager who supports her team through and through. Not only a "manager", rather a "leader", "coach". Marketing messaging is clear with ethical documentation.

    Cons

    During my tenure, the work-life balance was not in balance. A lot of administrative duties that were required yet admin "time" was not allowed during the work week. Time-off policies were reasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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