Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
507 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 38 reviews)

  • Good work-life flexibility, good benefits, good program for continuing education reimbursement (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Work load is just too much and there is absolutely no work life balance at all (in 28 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Many interesting years

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    • 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
  2.  

    Good experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good growth opportunity, very good training center

    Cons

    Very high employee turn over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more communication with staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Chief Accountant

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    Current Employee - Chief Accountant in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Chief Accountant in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    Good environment, one of the best respectable Pharmaceutical company

    Cons

    Hard work environment, Un-work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid and very ethic pharma company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Brand Manager

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

    Pros

    Novartis has a broad, differentiated and solid portfolio. It is motivating to work for a company that sells medicines that really benefit patients. Novartis is a very ethic pharma company, which is also something to be proud of. Compensation is ok, at the same level of the market.

    Cons

    Overlooks talent. The internal selection processes are not so clear, which is dis-motivating. Changes every now and then, so you never now what is going to happen with your area in the next 3 years, but I think this is something common between Pharmaceuticals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Management Team should make Human Resources develop a career plan for each one and try harder to implement it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales rep

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

    Pros

    Good money and good benefits

    Cons

    Poor leadership as everyone is just a number

  7.  

    Culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Strong leadership
    - Good benefits
    - Sufficient challenges
    - Flexible working environment

    Cons

    - To hierarchical and highly bureaucratic
    - Best talent is not always recognized; only the most nosy or visible ones are worshiped

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Management is too aggressive and top-down
    - Curtail hypocritical and egoistic mentality
    - Respect the local culture instad of building an ivory-tower bubble by which expats never integrate with locals
    - Encourage and nurture local talent instead of resorting to short-cut of importing boat-loads of so called 'best-talent' from across the world who are not only too expensive but also do not enrich the environment

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Account Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Detroit, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    Big pharma, broad opportunities across multiple therapeutic disease states

    Cons

    Typical bureaucracy found in big pharma, challenging sales environment due to healthcare reform

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Generally Positive Environment but Not Focused on the Big Stuff

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager
    Current Employee - Brand Manager

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

    Pros

    I worked in the consumer health division
    Pros: Upper Management makes an effort to support talent
    Reasonable budgets and brand marketing support

    Cons

    A bit too focused on the quarterly number at the expense of long term / strategic thinking

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall a positive experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good opportunities, challenging environment, smart and hard working people.

    Cons

    Lots of politics which take a lot of time and effort to navigate (you will spend as much time trying to figure out who wants what and how to modify what you to do make them happy as you will actually doing work).

    Very financially driven.

    Work life balance and many other company policies are often lip service (this is a "do as I say not as I do" organization).

    Divisions are, for all intense and purposes, different companies. What works at Alcon is likely totally different than what works at NIBR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This organization lacks candor, it could be a case study of "what not to do" from Jack Welch's book "Winning."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Corporate politics I have never experienced before

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people with various backgrounds to work with.

    Cons

    This company is full of political games and if you are not playing it you are the looser. New positions are usually given to friends and allies not based on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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