Novartis Reviews

Updated 14 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Ok place to work at. good balance between family and work life (though depends on project you are in)

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    Former Employee - Solution Architect/Manager in Hyderābād
    Former Employee - Solution Architect/Manager in Hyderābād

    I worked at Novartis

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed work culture. Chances to learn new things when they implement new products. Easy to get average ratings during appraisal cycle. Senior management understands issues if explained properly. Good allowance limits for hotel booking when travelling on business trips

    Cons

    When it comes to IT, senior management is too much vendor oriented. They want to outsource as many applications as possible, without even looking at what is good for company and existing Technical employees. International assignment options for someone working in India are too less. Lack of technical exposure for technical IT people. Too much of documentation. Technical work in a project will be only 10% and documentation will be 90%

  2. Corporate finance Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Novartis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mobility, young organization, highly innovative, pays well

    Cons

    Political, very top down driven,

  3. Great Company I wish they did not sell off division to GSK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for and to grow. Lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    Does not exist anymore. Now part of GSK

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  5. Great team, challenging projects and opportunities to give back to the community!

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    Former Intern - Intern in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Intern - Intern in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The projects offer many different challenges as many different proteins/drugs move through the pipeline of such a large company.
    The team atmosphere was great and the company gave particular budget to team building and barbecues for after work.
    Also once a year several days were taken to give back to the community!

    Cons

    Tough timelines to get drugs to clinical phases and market.
    Frequent restructuring and reorganization of departments distracts a little from the actual work.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Information Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    free parking, gym on site, cafeteria on site, Starbucks on site

    Cons

    male oriented leadership, campus situated in industrial area, old office work spaces, no appropriate childcare near campus

    Advice to Management

    work on the culture

  7. Exciting and interesting workplace

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Novartis as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a really nice work environment here. Everybody is really nice, the space is full of natural light, the cafe serves good food. Having flex-time is really valuable, especially for people with long commutes or non-traditional schedules.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, while they offer great benefits to their permanent employees, many of these don't extend to the contract workers. Also there has been a lot of reorganizing of departments lately that has resulted in really great long-time workers losing their jobs when the company probably could have fit them into the new structure.

    Advice to Management

    Filter your company-wide e-mails by audience. It's a bit demoralizing to get an e-mail about how our great bonuses are being calculated, when you're not someone who gets a bonus. Also offer pay to workers who can't work during a site closure, such as the ones we had due to the snow days this winter.

  8. Inspiratal company with great work life balance, but easy to get lost

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    Current Employee - Communications Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Communications Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Work Life Balance
    Incredible benefits and company advantages
    Great corporate experience
    Always fly you first class

    Cons

    As with most large companies there is a gulf between what companies say they do, and what the actually do do.
    Trouble developing people
    Loses focus on what your next career path should be
    Lots of unnecessary procedures
    Small budget, yet high expectations
    Confused definition of "empowerment"
    HR acts like they are there to help you, but more times it feels like they are against you

  9. Good place, few opportunities to grow fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good pipeline, strong strategy

    Cons

    Low salary, very hierarchical, few travel opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Give more responsibility to young associate

  10. contract positions

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Novartis as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice work environment and lots of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Contract position is sucks.

  11. Good company

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Midwest City, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Midwest City, OK (US)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Gave me first shot at Pharma-good leadership at the time I was there.

    Cons

    Unstable; layoffs always imminent. Raises subpar

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