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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Hub Prague > bad experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    Flexible working time
    I don' t see any other pros, i am sorry

    Cons

    IT Hub in Prague is just a mess: no meeting rooms, very old IT equipment, IT infrastructure is a disaster.

    Main tools are not working, very loud and messy open space, no career growth (unless you are a good friend of your Manager).

    Too much politics, no real job activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heads of IT should change job. Definetely

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good networking possibilities, but hardly any appreciation or development prospects.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Launch Manager
    Current Employee - Launch Manager

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

    Pros

    Diversity, Global Collaboration, Networking, Issues Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Salaries in upper management, Raising Concerns, Negotiation Skills, Locations, Language Skills,

    Cons

    Hardly any appreciation, hire and fire, low salaries except for upper management, very few development programs, reactive, no proactiveness, quality issues, culture of fear, neglected plants, old systems, bad onboarding, little training, neglected offices except for Campus, high rate of mobbing, burnout and boreout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See points above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    statistical programmer

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

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Great work culture, work life balance

    Always get to work on core part, hence gained valucable exp

    Got good technical opportunity

    management is open and transperant

    Cons

    Average pay

    High expectation from management and comparatively average pay

    Do not retain technical people, always in favor to retain them who are good at mamagement skills rather than technical.

    No financial growth, its very slow.

    even if you are highly good performer, your promotion cycle will be normal, do not expect promotion to occur as per your talent level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain good people

    pay well

    improvise the outaourcing strategy

    Stop judging people only on management skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience, good work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Large company, high profile company

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted in here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Long hours and high stress with mediocre raises, but excellent experience.

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Gained valuable experience while working at Novartis.

    Cons

    I worked mainly for the Sandoz Division of Novartis which I've heard is much different from the others, but in any case, it was a culture of high stress, daily emergencies, late nights and weekend work with minimal recognition or appreciation. Lacking in leadership and resources, tend to promote poorly performing employees in order to move them out of departments. Novartis management and oversight lacked heavily over the Sandoz Division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect and hire the appropriate amount of people or your best employees will continue to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Scientific Associate II

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    Great place to work and nice people.

    Cons

    Short-term contract need to have long-term project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working for Novartis as a contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Analytical Scientist in Lincoln, NE (US)
    Former Contractor - Analytical Scientist in Lincoln, NE (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, well managed, opportunity to learn, good work/life balance, stimulating work, opportunity to get lots of great hands on experience, able to apply theory in practice

    Cons

    As a contractor there was little chance to get hired on as a full time associate, good if you want a job for just a year or two between going back to grad school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide health care to contract employees. Contractors are treated as equals in the workplace, this is very much appreciated, but salary and benefits for contractors are far below. If you need a contractor for more than a year, then you need a regular associate :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Networking is key, if you want to get promoted

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, not too much bureaucracy, good system for identifying and promoting talents

    Cons

    Promotion sometimes based on being nice rather than being valuable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More consistent promotion guidelines and policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sales representative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Novartis

    Pros

    The pay, products and benefits are solid

    Cons

    Leadership changes are constant. Every new leader then tries to establish a new direction with their stamp on a new a new culture that is never realized. Decisions are erratic and respect for reps is not great. 5 layoffs/re-orgs in last six years...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Novartis Hyderabad ( shared services) Very stagnant and visionless set-up. Adopting KPO culture at a rapid pace.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    stress-free work; work-life balance; pay just above industry standard to start with

    Cons

    There is no training process in place and they mostly depend on lateral experienced hiring to get work done. No proper knowledge management process in place. HR team is largely external contract employees and there is no process in place to look after skill / career development of employees.

    In past have hired from IITs for entry level positions. Even these bright individuals could not really make anything out of their stay in the company mostly because the learning curve is quite flat here.

    Leadership is largely old people who have spent 5+ years with company. Newer hiring in higher management is from few smaller pharma research firms in India who bring with themselves the KPO culture.

    They are targeting optimization of money and man-power in Hyderabad office which means lesser budget allocation from HQ and more work for associates.

    Financial year of Jan-Dec but salary given out in April. >> Means you wait extra 4 months for your bonus.

    One has to spend minimum 2 year in a role to be eligible for promotion > major source of frustration for newer employees as they are hired at one level behind older employees. While most older employees would have been promoted to Sr. Analyst role in 1.5 years, newer employee with less than 3 year experience are hired as Analyst.

    My advice > Students of premier institutes like IITs should stay away from entry level or fresher entry here. Pharma in itself is a very different industry and this Novartis set up is not an ideal start to anyone's career. It will surely slow down your growth even if you are initially paid better than other companies coming to campus. Freshers should head to ZS associates if at all they are looking to get into Pharma industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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