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Novartis Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
260 Reviews
3.3
260 Reviews
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are good, but in practice work life balance occurs only to the operational level (in 19 reviews)

  • Challenging work environment that encourages personal and professional growth (in 13 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent company... once you're in

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, even as an intern.
    Great work life balance.
    As an employee I feel the company and my managers invest in my professional developement.
    Campus provides the perfect working environment

    Cons

    Uncertain environment after big M&A deal, fear of layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a development program for young professionals to nurture internal young talent.
    As an intern concluding my internship I find it very tough to find a suitable position to remain with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Huge and ever changing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Process Manager in Pratteln (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Commitment of every worker at all levels.
    Possibilities of development are huge.

    Cons

    Huge company means priorities are hard to identify.
    Have a network is mandatory, relationships is the most important thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve change management. There is a Change management champion now, I hope she will bring results in this ever changing company.
    Change is good and at the same time hard to implement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    idea place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5.  

    Good Company,but the HR department needs a significant improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Unit in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Process Unit in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Organised and allow employees to maximize their full potential by rotating them to the different departments

    Cons

    Although the company is good to its employees, the interns there are treated much differently.
    We are given very limited rights and often get accused for no valid reasons. For example, even taking a short tea break in the canteen can lead to a huge email blast to all supervisors in the company that the interns are skiving and do not have work to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK

    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Basel (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Skilled people; some resources; free coffee

    Cons

    Not organized; high stress; insecurity; anxiety

  7.  

    Good Company to experience challenging job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis

    Pros

    Salary, Challenging Work, Business Trip

    Cons

    Unconvinient location, Huge overtime work

  8.  

    have seen better days

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Quito (Ecuador)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Quito (Ecuador)

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

    Pros

    great coworkers, access to the latest products and technology, good lunch service, new office is nice, international travel opportunities

    Cons

    politics are too strong, "high level" friendships will make you grow more than your own work, managers just care about their jobs and bonus don´t care about people in the team, HR is weak, branch depends on headquarters for most of the decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire better people for managerial roles

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Novartis from a consultant`s perspective

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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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