Novartis

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Novartis Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.4 228 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.

Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.

(109 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good compensation but poor career development. It is goo on paper but rarely followed up and encouraged by line managers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood conpensation and internal training.
    Mainly internal trainings and no/rare opportunity to choose external trainings because of costs reduction which is always on the agenda.
    Too many changes and SOPs do not follow the changes, so not updated when needed.

    ConsNo team spirit and no career development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work, great benefits not so good wage

    Software Developer (Former Employee) Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    ProsAll the organization processes are well defined, great benefits (Even if you are a contractor). Nice people in general. As a contractor you had lunch, and even breakfast almost for free, coffe free. Inside the company you also get gym, bonus, massages, kindergarden for your children and others

    ConsFrom what I heard (I was a contractor) the wage was a little below average. Burocracy can make you irritated at sometimes. Complex organization chart.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease wages maybe

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good to much upper management

    Sales (Former Employee) Milwaukee, WI (US)

    ProsAbility to make your own business discissions. You own your own sales number when you are the only rep in the territory.

    ConsNot a stable career path. Yearly downsizing can be expected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't sell to the reps customers as this at times hurts the rep and closes doors once the manager leaves.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Senior IT Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to work and learn as a professional. Lot of opportunities offered in a wide international environment. Good values and mission. Very competitive salaries are offered.

    ConsIt is becoming a "business first" company. Bureaucracy and never-ending proceses. Very political environment. Hard to progress in the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce bureaucracy and empower the associates. Establish more clear career paths

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company Great People Great Culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPersonnel is genuinely valued. Work/life balance is truly brought to life. People development is extremely valued here. Culture is highly collaborative. Compensation is competitive. Benefits are first class. If your in the right department and on the right team, the term "Team Work" finds its meaning.

    ConsIf you're not in the right department or on the wrong team, the environment can be extremely competitive and passive aggressive. Interdepartmental tasks can feel segmented. Opportunities can be limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure challenges and growth in responsibilities go hand in hand with compensation if there is no position to 'grow into' after a few years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIndependence, 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.

    ConsNo much opportunities for growing right now or having an indefinite contract, loads of bureaucracy and long and slow internal processes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Novartis = bean counters in charge

    Engineering (Former Employee) Irvine, CA (US)

    ProsDid not see any pro's

    ConsCompany morale was simply destroyed, decent leadership was just not present, new managers seem inept, the whole approach was one of cost cutting above all. Talent, seniority, respect on any level was tossed out the window. Layoffs and worker approach was cost based only, your skill or value was ignored, this company has zero respect for engineering or technical anything, makes sense why big pharma is hurting. I would avoid this nameplate totally, they are in the process of destroying Alcon in Irvine, pre-Novartis, that company was a great place to be.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourselves and get out of the surgical world, sell out and take your cash, you don't belong.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

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

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

    ConsToxic 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    too much politics, can't get things done

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood work life balance, pays well

    Consmanagers are not here for patients, but for climbing corporate ladder

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    Rigid organization

    Director (Current Employee) East Hanover, NJ (US)

    ProsCompensation is reasonable and benefits are good. Novartis is a company with global reach with resources for global projects.

    ConsThere are many layers of redundant people and many without a lot to do. It can be difficult to move projects forward because of the bureaucracy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMuch of middle level management hardly works. Consider reducing the use of HR in talent planning. Focus on the productivity of staff. The company is paying for a lot of corporate deadwood in East Hanover.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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