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Novartis Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.4 224 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.

Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.

(107 ratings)

70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it(in 14 reviews)

  • Great products, challenging environment, good pay and benefits(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit(in 11 reviews)

  • People loosing focus on business due to senior management style(in 6 reviews)

224 Employee Reviews
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    Mixed

    Regional Key Account Manager (Current Employee) Houston, TX (US)

    ProsBecause it is such a diverse organization there are several areas for career growth.

    ConsPoor planning. Many lay offs. Too conservative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease your financial investment in strategic planning.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    overall experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork life balance, overall compensation

    Consenvironment stuck with processes and bureaucracy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    operator

    Production (Current Employee) Humacao, PR (US)

    Prosi work because i need the job experience

    ConsFDA training,GMP training, safety training

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ancient Systems with no Usability Considerations

    Technical Writer (Current Employee) Prague (Czech Republic)

    Pros> Work on projects with a global impact
    > If you are looking for a very corporate old-fashioned company that doesn't like change, and doesn't snow any interest in modern technology, then you might be happy here.

    Cons> Internal documentation an absolute usability horror.
    > No interest in modernizing systems in the name of 'security' without even understanding what modern security looks like.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUsability testing - everyone should read two books: "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug and "From Good to Great" by James Collins. If you would re-organize the intranet, get rid of the fat and modernize the way that documentation is handled, you would become 5,000% more efficient.

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    Good people, future in doubt

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospay, benefits, people, environment, safety

    Consred tape, low product base, systems

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Need to be more aware of the workers.

    Operator (Former Employee) Nyon (Switzerland)

    ProsIf you start off here , you will enjoy the challenges that are set out for you, BUt be careful that you only do what you are fully capable to do.

    ConsAs said above , the longer you work here the more you are taken for a "slave" to there system of work,work, work and why not work.Then when you point this out at your annual meeting they will completely discredit your efforts as not enough and should make more effort.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management need to wake up and realise that it's thanks to the efforts of the workers that they still have a well paid job in Nyon, while the workers are still feeling the money , lack of in our pockets. Also thank you wouldn't hurt every so often !!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Prepare for challenges and rewards to match

    Senior Insights Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGood growth opportunities for strong performers. On the job learning is encouraged and valued. Benefit of thousands of collective years of experience of colleagues to learn from in a matrix structure.

    ConsExpectations are very high and workload would not leave you with a lot of time to really think through things. Prepare for frequent organizational and leadership changes. If you don't manage change very well, this is probably not the place for you.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Overall Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSolid benefits packages, awards etc., phase II/III pipeline products

    Consinability of Senior Leadership to properly forecast inorganic growth and new product approvals, which has led to the displacement of close to 3000 representatives across several divisions over the past 4/5 years.

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    Learning Management Systems Associate (Current Employee) Cambridge, MA (US)

    ProsThere are ton's of interesting events going on all of the time. Each month they hold a big Fiesta for the employees with more food than you can imagine. Also they have discussion forums and open events for employees to learn more about the science Novartis is working on.

    ConsIt is a big company, you can get lost in the shuffle. I have been a contractor for over a year and a half.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone really.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    political company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosmoney, but very little else unfortunately as the right culture and people are moving to better companies recently, due to the highly unprofessional leadership in certain functions at the top

    Consall else, right culture and people are moving to better companies recently, due to the highly unprofessional leadership in certain functions at the top

    Advice to Senior Managementincrease transparency

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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