Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 13 December 2014
Updated 13 December 2014
521 Reviews
3.5
521 Reviews
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Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work life balance with many activities for company bonding (in 39 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • The work-life balance is not well balanced and the pressure is difficult to support (in 30 reviews)

  • No work life balance and lack of promotion opportunity (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Could be so much more

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

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

    Pros

    Highly motivated, smart middle management and individual contributors.
    Great benefits, fair and balanced internal employee review system

    Cons

    Dysfunctional IT leadership.
    Severely overburdened processes make mountains out of molehills. People in charge of Quality and Compliance have little to no technical acuity, which results in weeks or months of arguing over wholly unnecessary levels of documentation and qualification that provide no additional FDA or business value.
    Quality and Compliance team runs completely unchecked. Nothing gets done without their approval, which completely cripples innovation.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ok

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked for a good manager and good team.

    Cons

    There are too many changes in the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Interned in Channel Management - Great Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Channel Management in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Channel Management in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Pros

    Wonderful office culture, very friendly people willing to help. Exhaustive HR benefits for full-time employees.

    Cons

    Due to the size of the company, procedures tend to slow work down.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Novartis is an excellent place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Scientist
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Scientist

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good pay rate, access to CME's and additional training, great team environment, flexible hours

    Cons

    Contracts are too short and are not extending immediately. Unstable working there as a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make longer term contract positions because learning curver at any company is at least six months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, interesting work

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for up and comers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for advancement

  7.  

    Excellent to work,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Very professional work enviourmemt, excellent salary, benefits

    Cons

    Hard to get promotion, cause ppl stuck at their position for many years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it yp

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Greta place to work
    The company invests in you and the career yu want to take
    Great work/life balance
    You feel like you can make a difference

    Cons

    I wanted to change to a completly different department but there were no entr-level positions at the headquartes. I think that the graduate programs should be available in every department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It is a school of pharmaceutical business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Representative in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Medical Representative in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    As i said it is a school of pharmaceutical business with good career pathway to go through and to be promoted, it is a reputable company within the field and between its customers with reputable products which are brands, also having a big pipline make it go forward further and further

    Cons

    For being a big company you have to be a lion between other lions and to compete fairly with your colleages, so work-life balance maybe affected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more concern about work life balance for the field force and increase their opportunity to be promoted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible, Teamwork while also working independently

    Cons

    None really, Great company to intern at

    Recommends
  11.  

    Many interesting years

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

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a diverse environment, where you meet people from different countries and learn how they perceive the work environment. Novartis has a competitive atmosphere, making you strive to be the best you can be. It offers many opportunities that can help you grow in your career. I worked 24 years there and I wish I could have worked at least 15 more.

    Cons

    As with many other pharmaceutical companies, you feel your job is at jeopardy because of the contant restructuring due to patent losses and outsourcing to contract manufacturing, R&D and moving whole departments to other countries with cheaper labor or less regulation, like China.
    Raises were getting lower or none at all in the last few years. Promotions were many times based on who you know, not what you know, which can severely damage the competitive future of any company, by placing incompetent people in critical positions and creating a hostile or un satisfying environment.
    The personnel review process was based on forced distribution, or bell curve. Therefore, they had to "punish" some for that sake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should concentrate more on the practical side of the company and less on theoretical training that just leads to waste of resources and time. Give credit where credit is due.
    Use your position wisely and recognize the real talent surrounding you and promote and reward accordingly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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