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Novartis Reviews

Updated 24 November 2014
Updated 24 November 2014
253 Reviews
3.4
253 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance can be achieved if you prioritize it (in 16 reviews)

  • Very open work environment, respect for work hours (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • There are different cultural norms for work/life balance depending on site & business unit (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good opportunity, if you can deal with pressure and attitudes.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative in Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative in Parsippany, NJ (US)

    I worked at Novartis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, summer hours, benefits, unlimited sick days, week off between Christmas & New Year

    Cons

    Not all Admins are allowed flex time/WFH. They overwork Admins. Too many policies and meetings. Jobs are thrown at Admins at last minute & need a fast turn around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the support staff feel like a part of the team & not outsiders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    idea place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    many opportunities to access the latest knowledge and technology in this field. Friendly people

    Cons

    sometime heavy working load, a little bit pushing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company during the good years. Now they are doing more with less.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Midwest, WY (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Midwest, WY (US)

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

    Pros

    Good training. Stable products at the time.

    Cons

    To many cliff patents. Portfolio has now suffered and current produce are me-to products. Lost it's punch. Pipeline is slim despite what you read.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I go beyond management. Advise to leadership-CEO get on the same page as he reps. Understand the industry and you will find your answers for field reps.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor recruitment of Managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Writer II in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientific Writer II in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    If the team is lead by an experienced and talented Manager, the environment is great to work. Work load is high but a good Manager (if he/she knows what people management is all about) understands and provides a flexi ambience to deal with day-to-day work pressures

    Cons

    Assessment and recruitment of managers is sometimes poor. A Manager in a setting like Novartis should be best assessed not just based on his/her knowledge, rather its the natural talent for managing people tactfully or can even be inculcated overtime after gaining some experience. Lack of this kind of recruitment creates a tough environment for associates to deal with and their careers are at a stake sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better assessment and recruitment of right Managers is essential. Otherwise, with better opportunities out there, retention of people in a team will become tough as bad and inexperienced Managers make it tough for associates to work smoothly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent Postdoc experience with a lot of opportunity to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    - Good infrastructure and equipment
    - High-level science (although it may depend on the group)
    - Large networking possibility
    - Beautiful new St. Johann campus

    Cons

    - Very hierarchical
    - Conservative
    - Lots of political games
    - Postdocs and PhD students are not very respected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More openness, discussion, and honesty.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Novartis = bean counters in charge

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Did not see any pro's

    Cons

    Company morale was simply destroyed, decent leadership was just not present, new managers seem inept, the whole approach was one of cost cutting above all. Talent, seniority, respect on any level was tossed out the window. Layoffs and worker approach was cost based only, your skill or value was ignored, this company has zero respect for engineering or technical anything, makes sense why big pharma is hurting. I would avoid this nameplate totally, they are in the process of destroying Alcon in Irvine, pre-Novartis, that company was a great place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and get out of the surgical world, sell out and take your cash, you don't belong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Novartis from a consultant`s perspective

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Pros

    Very open work environment, respect for work hours

    Cons

    Highly centralized in matters outside the daily functionality. Poor access to data, poor infrastructure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralize IT policy for innovation. Business intelligence standardization gets in the way of opportunities when it comes to innovation for higher performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good compensation but poor career development. It is goo on paper but rarely followed up and encouraged by line managers

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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 part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good conpensation and internal training.
    Mainly internal trainings and no/rare opportunity to choose external trainings because of costs reduction which is always on the agenda.
    Too many changes and SOPs do not follow the changes, so not updated when needed.

    Cons

    No team spirit and no career development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work, great benefits not so good wage

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    All the organization processes are well defined, great benefits (Even if you are a contractor). Nice people in general. As a contractor you had lunch, and even breakfast almost for free, coffe free. Inside the company you also get gym, bonus, massages, kindergarden for your children and others

    Cons

    From what I heard (I was a contractor) the wage was a little below average. Burocracy can make you irritated at sometimes. Complex organization chart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase wages maybe

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good to much upper management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Milwaukee, WI (US)

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

    Pros

    Ability to make your own business discissions. You own your own sales number when you are the only rep in the territory.

    Cons

    Not a stable career path. Yearly downsizing can be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell to the reps customers as this at times hurts the rep and closes doors once the manager leaves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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