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Novartis Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
276 Reviews
3.3
276 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are good, but in practice work life balance occurs only to the operational level (in 19 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment that encourages personal and professional growth (in 13 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 environment

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

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart motivated people who love to be engaged in group discussions

    Cons

    Sometimes an artificial sense of pressure and stress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that everybody is working hard and don't need to be stressed out in order to give the impression that they care about their work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Specialty Sales

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    • Senior Management
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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
  3.  

    It was fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in East Hanover, NJ (US)

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Environment is dynamic, everyone is friendly, people are willing to help each other with anything.

    Cons

    Each employee personalizes their own schedule so it is sometimes difficult to get in touch with them.

  7.  

    Currently there is a lot of change in the company. You must be adept to change to enjoy the current culture at Novartis

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Information Specialist in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Information Specialist in Fort Worth, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    This is a solid company and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    For the next few years, the change will continue. There is a lot of pressure to get changes completed in a timeframe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the employees who are putting in the extra hours a reason to continue to go above and beyond.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Former maintenance technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent 401K and plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Not enough resources, running too lean, pay too low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay to avoid losing quality employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good culture, constant flux

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

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

    Pros

    size of company
    pipeline is stroing
    market focus is high, willing to take risks
    Senior management have clear vision

    Cons

    flux in structure and business units
    speed of decision making
    ownership among key departments and impact of offshoring
    burocracy in larger affiliates
    internal structure can e too matrixed and hard to understand by customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less tinkering with structure and concentrate on serving patients and physicians

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Process Scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Good work environment and training opportunity. Reasonable salary and good work/life balance. I love Novartis culture. The management team is professional and always give the right direction of the employees. Open communication, understanding of the work capacity and this really give you a good mood during the work.

    Cons

    I really like Novartis and cannot think about any cons so far. If I have to pick one, maybe the workload is a little bit high.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Good benefits but can be a challenging place to work and progress

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Benefits are really great, especially the retirement benefits. 401k plan is extremely unique and generous. A lot of opportunities to take part in unique trainings.

    Cons

    It is difficult to be promoted unless you are the loudest voice. A lot of open space, it can be very distracting if you need quiet space to get your work done. A lot of processes and procedures means it takes a lot to get simple things done. A lot of money is wasted on travel and entertainment.

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