Novartis Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
245 Reviews
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245 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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  1.  

    Great experience as an entry-level Pharmaceutical Rep

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    • 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
  2.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Internship in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Marketing Internship in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    I worked at Novartis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of benefits and a great work balance

    Cons

    Nothing to say, best employee ever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good training ground to develop political skill

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Finance in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    This is a top pharma co, that pays well with good staff benefit.
    Lots of talented people, which makes the intellectual challenge simulating.

    Cons

    An army of people is created at the wrong level, who does not add value but only burden the people (who are really working) with unnecessary demands. Energy gets wasted just to align any decision with group vs division vs region, and thus most apt for people who talk their way thru work. Corporate structure is hard and empowerment is only in theory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff appraisal is only top down, leaving employees no venue to give any upward feedback. Managers should get the job only if they can manage people, and not drive them away.

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  5.  

    Excellent company... once you're in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay, even as an intern.
    Great work life balance.
    As an employee I feel the company and my managers invest in my professional developement.
    Campus provides the perfect working environment

    Cons

    Uncertain environment after big M&A deal, fear of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a development program for young professionals to nurture internal young talent.
    As an intern concluding my internship I find it very tough to find a suitable position to remain with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Huge and ever changing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Commitment of every worker at all levels.
    Possibilities of development are huge.

    Cons

    Huge company means priorities are hard to identify.
    Have a network is mandatory, relationships is the most important thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve change management. There is a Change management champion now, I hope she will bring results in this ever changing company.
    Change is good and at the same time hard to implement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    idea place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Novartis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    many opportunities to access the latest knowledge and technology in this field. Friendly people

    Cons

    sometime heavy working load, a little bit pushing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  9.  

    Finance

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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

    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
  10.  

    Overall a bad experience

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    • 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
  11.  

    Good Company,but the HR department needs a significant improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Unit in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Process Unit in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Novartis as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Organised and allow employees to maximize their full potential by rotating them to the different departments

    Cons

    Although the company is good to its employees, the interns there are treated much differently.
    We are given very limited rights and often get accused for no valid reasons. For example, even taking a short tea break in the canteen can lead to a huge email blast to all supervisors in the company that the interns are skiving and do not have work to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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