Novartis Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
243 Reviews

3.4
243 Reviews
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Rigid organization

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    Current Employee - Director  in  East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Compensation is reasonable and benefits are good. Novartis is a company with global reach with resources for global projects.

    Cons

    There are many layers of redundant people and many without a lot to do. It can be difficult to move projects forward because of the bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much of middle level management hardly works. Consider reducing the use of HR in talent planning. Focus on the productivity of staff. The company is paying for a lot of corporate deadwood in East Hanover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    ok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    great site, good products and pipeline of future products, opportunities in many diverse areas. some teams are very nice and friendly to work in/with

    Cons

    very demanding, lots of pressure, constant changing of structure/business goals, high level of ambiguity.
    work/life balance not very good.

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

    Novartis....used to be better....just ok now.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Bonus and Stock if you are in Oncology. Other areas have been up and down, which can effect your bonus.

    Cons

    Runs very lean, a lot of travel, high pressure, long hours everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager

    I worked at Novartis full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great budget with very smart people working on interesting problems. Fun office culture.

    Cons

    The office itself wasn't all that nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Hopeless

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    Current Employee - VSS  in  Marion, IL (US)
    Current Employee - VSS in Marion, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Was a new start for something

    Cons

    Sold to Gsk and project over

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work with loads of exposure

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    Current Employee - IT Service Provider  in  Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - IT Service Provider in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Good functional opportunities, Satisfactory Compensation

    Cons

    Management is not transparent, poor development opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for, but a little politics and lobbies

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    Current Employee - Security Specialist  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice work/life balance

    Cons

    Office politics and lobbies, favoritism is rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your work horses

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities exist to move around but you have to work to find it. Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it.

    Cons

    A lot of changes every few years. Restructuring can be difficult and create uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's all about the money

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    Current Employee - Scientist I  in  Emeryville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Emeryville, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good track record of bringing therapy to patients

    Cons

    The bottom line is the money being made for novarits, Basel and the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research is important to innovation. Laying off the cancer researchers in Emeryville is short sighted and will results in significant delays to patient care. Potential life saving therapies will be delayed or halted for lack of hands and poor planning for transitioning to Cambridge. Consider putting the priority on patient care and employee welfare rather than site upgrading or huge profit margins.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Career Development

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of HR encouragement for career development.

    Cons

    It is unclear how decisions are made about hiring. It is an opaque process. It is impossible to move from one department to another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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