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Novartis Overview

Basel (Switzerland)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (NVS)
Biotech & Pharmaceutical
$10+ billion (USD) per year
At Novartis, we use science-based innovation to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible.

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Mission: Our mission is to discover new ways to improve and extend people`s lives. Our vision is to be a trusted leader in changing the practice of medicine.

Novartis – Why Work For Us?

At Novartis, we use science-based innovation to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible.

Our vision is to be a trusted leader in changing the practice of medicine.

Our Business
Novartis is structured to deliver innovative products, exploit global scale, and respond to new opportunities and risks. Our businesses - Innovative Medicines, Alcon and Sandoz - are supported by functional organizations with global scale. Research and development (R&D) is at the core of our company and central to the Novartis strategy.

Corporate responsibility is endorsed and ingrained at the highest level of Novartis and is central to how we run our business.

Our Corporate Responsibility Strategy
Novartis has a sound strategy to navigate a world with a growing, aging population and continuously evolving healthcare needs. Our strategy supports the Novartis mission and vision, with a focus on expanding access to healthcare and doing business responsibly.

  • Expanding Access to Healthcare
    Developing new and innovative ways to reach people in lower-income countries is one of our top priorities. To expand access to healthcare, we pursue a variety of approaches.
  • Doing Business Responsibly
    We recognize that achieving our business goals requires that we operate with high integrity, transparency and environmental sustainability.
  • Corporate Responsibility Report
    Novartis has a strong history of corporate responsibility activities, and transparent reporting is a central part of our commitment.

Our values define our culture and help us fulfill our mission

At Novartis, we have introduced values that describe the professional behaviors we expect from our employees. These values are an integral part of the framework we use to recruit people, develop them, and assess and reward their performance.

We encourage people to experiment and take smart risks. Our aim is to foster creative thinking that leads to practical solutions to healthcare and business challenges.

Our focus on quality excellence includes continuously enhancing our standards, technology and training for our people.

We foster teamwork among our employees to swiftly and efficiently deliver innovative new products to patients and healthcare providers. This capitalizes on the diversity and creativity of our global staff.

Our people are known for their focus on results. We aim to reinforce that focus on personal and collective achievement, while maintaining high ethical standards.

We want our associates to speak out, challenge conventional thinking, and stand up for their ideas. We also want them to have the courage to do the right thing in the face of resistance or moral dilemmas.

Our Code of Conduct sets high ethical standards, and comprehensive training ensures our associates know how to apply these standards in their work.

Our differences make us powerful

While our diverse workforce brings different people and perspectives together, inclusion is making the mix work. It is about creating an atmosphere and an environment where each of us feels valued, respected and heard.

It is our differences that make us powerful.
They enable us to approach things differently. They enable us to be innovative. They enable us to deepen our understanding of our patients and customers. With diversity and inclusion embedded in everything that we say and do, we can help discover and develop breakthrough medicines.

We consider diversity and inclusion to encompass - but not be limited to - race, ethnicity, gender, thinking styles, religion and belief, sexual orientation, age, differential ability, education, nationality and life experiences.

Our Vision and Strategy

Our Diversity & Inclusion vision
Novartis is recognized internally and externally for the diversity of our associates and our inclusive culture, driven by a D&I strategy based upon concrete business, scientific, talent and reputational outcomes

Our Diversity & Inclusion strategy
We drive our patient-centered business and scientific innovation through diversity and inclusion. Activities and initiatives support four strategic pillars: talent and leadership, culture of inclusion, patient and customer, and reputation.

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Novartis Photos

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Novartis Interviews



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Getting an Interview




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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Novartis (London, England).


    I was headhunted by 3 different and independent recruiters including one of their own departments. Invited to apply as I had the skills they were looking for. I was told to expect a phone call from the hiring manager "any day soon". No call ever came and no emails or phone calls from me were ever answered. I got a generic rejection 10 weeks later. Then a further 2 months after that I got a call from them saying that they had changed their mind and was I still interested. I said I was and the person on the phone discussed company cars more than the job, but said the hiring manager would call within two weeks. I never heard anything again and any phone call I made just rang out with no answer or ability to leave a message. If they consider you a backup or second choice, don't expect any courtesy or respect.

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Novartis Awards & Accolades

  • 25 Best Multinational Companies to Work For (in Latin America), Great Place to Work Institute, 2012
  • Most Admired Companies in Research Science, Black Engineer & Information Technology, 2010
  • Top 50 Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
  • Top 200 of the Global 2000, Forbes, 2009
  • Top Biotech and Pharmaceutical Employer, Science, 2009
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