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    Senior Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ (US)

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Great working environment, friendly co-workers, lots of perks.

    Cons

    None cons as of yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    try your luck with this company, but only luck

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    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Financial Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    you might want to enter the Pharma industry starting with a big name. or you are at entry level and want to grow fast by taking more responsibility without considering salary level matching your workload. This company can provide you good opportunity to grow you fast at your 20s.

    Cons

    extremely political environment. in China the culture is much like a state-owned company with the necessity of "sucking up". the company controls cost like crazy. even when the company has climbed up to #1 of entire pharma industry, the annual merit increase keep decreasing like 15% per year. and there are multiple rounds of large-scale layoff in a year, even when both revenue and profit grew this year. The management has very short strategic vision and does not care about people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously, pls increase your level of professionalism at work. Take care of your people, consider their development needs, do not just recruit people to ruin their career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    medical comms

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    good benefits, pleasant facilities, nil else

    Cons

    A lot of talk about innovation and integrity , however certainly not put into practice. Very poor communication from senior management to associates regarding work processes and expectations. Highly "customer " focused at cost of integrity, GCP and GPP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency, acknowledge difficulties with current procedures, do not ignore employees concerns.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Flexible working and talented and passionate employees.

    Cons

    Too much work causes a great deal of stress at times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Novartis AU

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Comapny consolidating hence many job cuts coming.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, great product. Novartis has a wonderful Swiss culture that allows for everyone to feel as they are an important part of the company.

    Cons

    There really are no cons to Novartis. It is a company that cares about their employees, their patients and their products!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sales Mgr

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager (Primary Care Or Mass Mkt) in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    HUGE Company with amazing resources & oportunity.
    Good current products & great pipeline
    A LOT (lot, lot) meetings. The are extremely helpful and many decisions are made. Many Key forms, spreadsheets & reports are created to help guide the reps.

    Cons

    The yearly performance review fiom is HUGE &confusing-&was called absolute ridiculousness by the author of "The One Minute Manager"Ken Blanchard- who was our keynote speaker.
    He also said that cutting the Bottom 20% of your sales force every year has idiocy. We managers gave him a standing ovation. .. and he was never seen or heard from again.
    The administration load is so extreme that rep are more concerned with checking boxes on the spreadsheet them selling---crazy, absolute cra cra.
    If you are good at admin, email, creative writing, excel (most imp. thing a Mgr gotta know-says my VP) ppt, and politocs- you sir/madam will make a great manager! Forget selling/trainimg/coaching- focus on covering your 6.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to drastically cut the sales force- you still have 3 times to many
    focus on true selling skills & training. (Remember how much a disaster "Drop Everything & Sell" was? It produced More admin!!)
    Treat ALL teams wIth respect- even mass market teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Specialty Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Novartis Ha a fairly good pipeline

    Cons

    They treat their sales people poorly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    It was fun

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I worked at Novartis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    When we were busy, we were busy. Company was very lean which forced everyone to learn all the jobs. QA, QC, investigate deviations, write up deviations as well as perform duties as an associate.

    Cons

    Company sold our division but did a good job of keeping the news under wraps. When we were notified we were going to be laid off several people were shocked. The new company is closing the doors this march 2015 and laying off the remaining employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for the severance and good luck going forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Restructure

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    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. Innovative company but very bottom line oriented.

    Cons

    Continual change in leadership and upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Difficult to state due to lack of consistency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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