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Novartis Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
252 Reviews
3.4
252 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Tough but consistent values

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience as an entry-level Pharmaceutical Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6.  

    Clinical research associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  7.  

    Industry benchmark.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Multiple areas of responsibility: Sales, Management, Brand, Managed Markets, Market Research, Managed Markets

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and benefits package, compliance and regulatory were very diligent factors

    Cons

    Political informal hierarchy that did not always take experience or results into account when filling roles, many roles where filled without posting or providing opportunity for people to express interest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve succession planning and ensure that all interested candidates at least have a chance to post and interview for a role before filling

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Finance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Positive outlook
    Innovative industry
    Lots of opportunities of learning - but mainly on the job

    Cons

    Hard to keep work-life balance
    Sometimes too competitive environment
    Political
    Talent management unfortunately sometimes stays only on paper - not too much training and other development opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in talent management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a bad experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for flex time arrangements, nice offices, gym and good HR initiatives

    Cons

    Nepotism / Only Manager or Director´s friends or even boyfriends/girlfriends have better opportunities. If you don´t have a friend in the management you have no opportunities to grow and you would be vulnerable because they are constantly downsizing without a real analysis to do so...Worst department to work here: Finance.
    A lot of people are hired as external (Outsourcing) in order to compensate layoffs, you will find trainees in charge of certain processes as well.
    They like to have a good image but they are not actually working on that, for instance all the surveys to Great Place to work institute were made a little time before a lot of layoffs and cost cuttings initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say that the HQ team have to be more involved in the countries environment, culture... in Mexico it seems that the only thing that is from Switzerland are the signs, all in the company seems to be like a Mexican company with all the cons that this thing implies, Managers do what they want even against policies and guidelines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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