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Novartis Overview

Basel (Switzerland)
10000+ employees
Company - Public (NVS)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
£10+ billion (GBP) 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.

Company Updates

  • COVID-19

    More than 50,000 Novartis group colleagues are working remotely right now including Sandoz division based Michaela. This is how she (and her husband) are coping during this time.

  • COVID-19

    Over the next few weeks we will share with you official updates of our response to COVID-19 as well as short video messages from our colleagues on what they are using/doing to help them and their families get through these extraordinary times. Stay well.

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Novartis – Why Work With Us?

108,000 associates at Novartis impact the lives of 799 million patients.

At Novartis, we are driven by our purpose. We reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We use innovative science and technology 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 products

70 billion doses of medicine touched the lives of 799 million patients in approximately 155 countries last year.

Our strategy

Our strategy is to build a leading, focused medicines company powered by advanced therapy platforms and data science. As we implement our strategy, we have five priorities to shape our future and help us continue to create value for our company, our shareholders and society.

Our Divisions

Innovative Medicines:

The Innovative Medicines Division has two business units:

Novartis Pharmaceuticals focuses on patented treatments in multiple disease areas to enhance health outcomes for patients and offer solutions to healthcare providers.

Novartis Oncology focuses on patented treatments for a variety of cancers and rare diseases.

Sandoz offers patients and healthcare professionals high-quality, affordable generics and biosimilars.

Functional organizations with a global reach:

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the innovation engine of Novartis. NIBR focuses on discovering new drugs that can change the practice of medicine.

Global Drug Development (GDD) organization oversees the development of new medicines discovered by our researchers and partners.

Novartis Technical Operations (NTO) is responsible for making our innovative medicines, devices and Sandoz products and delivering them to our customers across the world.

Novartis Business Services (NBS) consolidates support services across our organization, helping drive efficiency, simplification, standardization and quality.

Corporate Functions support the enterprise in specific areas of expertise, including finance, human resources, legal and communications.

Novartis is proud to be a leader within the life sciences industry within the UK.

Commitment to Research and Development 

At Novartis, we are committed to using science-based innovation to help address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues.

Since 2014, we have invested over £200 million on research and development in the UK (excluding phase IV trials).

Clinical Trials

We are the leading commercial clinical trials sponsor in the UK, supporting around 10% of all such studies. Conducting clinical trials locally can lead to improved quality of care for patients in those communities, so we’re proud to have supported over 1,000 UK clinical trial sites for studies in more than 60 disease areas.

Through our research – which has collected 2 million patient-years of data over the past two decades – advances for many diseases have been made possible, giving people in the UK and around the world alternative and improved treatment options.

Patient Group Partnership

At Novartis, we’re united by a shared purpose of putting patients at the heart of everything we do. We value the work of patient groups and the important role they play in supporting the needs of people fighting serious illnesses.

Each year UK-based research group PatientView release a UK-specific edition of their Corporate Reputation of Pharma Survey, a report that details patient groups’ perspective of Pharmaceutical companies and the industry as a whole. Analysis shows that Novartis has, year on year, steadily increased its overall ranking for corporate reputation among UK patient organisations.

In the 2018 survey, based on the responses of 111 UK patient groups, Novartis was ranked the most worked with company and the 2nd most familiar company. Our most-significant rankings were for high-quality products, patient engagement in research, for being transparent on clinical data and providing the best patient information.

We are proud of these results as Novartis is committed to discovering new ways to improve people’s lives and working collaboratively with patient organisations on specific initiatives in order to make a difference to those in need.

Collaborating with patient groups helps us to better understand the needs of people living with certain diseases, where unmet need remains and how we can help deliver improved care for patients.

Partnering with the NHS

We have a long history of collaboration with the NHS – we work closely with our NHS partners to find sustainable solutions that transform patient care and improve patient experiences and outcomes. We have been involved in over 140 joint working initiatives with the NHS across the UK since 2011.

Novartis and Employment

We employ over 1,300 people in the UK and our work opportunities are gaining national recognition – we are proud to have been awarded the exclusive 'Top Employer’ certification for exceptional employee offerings six years in a row (2014-2019).

Our People and Culture

Everything we do at Novartis is inspired by our purpose to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. It’s this purpose that drives us, that challenges us.

We are curious to explore the unknown. We constantly look for breakthrough innovations; embracing digital and data technologies, smarter thinking and braver decision-making.

We also welcome change. We are taking a new path grounded in collaboration, listening, learning and sharing. We know that the best way to reimagine medicine is by harnessing talent from every part of the organisation, by building relationships and by welcoming fresh ideas from within and outside of our company.

 1,300. That’s how many people we employ in the UK

We have many types of employment opportunities spanning sales and marketing, through to regulatory and medical roles. We have opportunities for people across different stages of their careers, from undergraduate placements and apprenticeships, new graduates and those more experienced in the industry.

95%. The number of people in our UK pharma business who feel motivated to deliver our core purpose

Our company culture is guided by high ethical standards. Our values help guide the choices people make every day, and they define our culture and help us execute our mission: to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives.

26. The number of weeks paid parental leave for both men and women at Novartis UK

At Novartis, we recognise the moments that matter. One of these keys moments is when our associates welcome new life into their lives. In the UK, and as part of our Global Parental Leave Policy, all new parents will receive 26 weeks of paid leave from January 2021.

5. The number of years within which we have committed to deliver our pay transparency pledge

We are committed to having a work environment where employment-related decisions, including selection and compensation, are based on skills, qualifications and other job-related business criteria.

We pledge to:

1) Eliminate the use of historical salary data when making job offers,

2) Share internal and external pay benchmarks with our people,

3) Achieve gender-balance in management in the next five years.

3. The number of new employee wellbeing initiatives recently introduced

We have a range of wellbeing initiatives that help our people enjoy a healthy personal and work-life balance, including bespoke support for associates affected by cancer and mental health challenges. Also, as part of our Energized for Life programme we want all our people to be their best self every day, and live our cultural aspiration to be inspired, curious and ‘unbossed’.

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.

‘Caring for our people in a time of uncertainty’ by Group Head of People & Organization at Novartis, Steven Baert

Our thanks to the following associates for giving us their permission to share their personal LinkedIn videos with you.

Disclosure: the following personal videos have been added to an unlisted Novartis YouTube account for sharing purposes only. The words and message of each associate are their own.

Novartis Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Amazing company with great new CEO"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Science Liaison in London, England
    Former Employee - Medical Science Liaison in London, England
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis part-time (More than 3 years)


    innovative, good salaries, great team, curently one of the best pipelines out there


    they know how to attract talent but need to know how to keep it. lots of processes and layers of approvals

    Advice to Management

    Work on opportunities for MSLs to grow outside of their role.

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Novartis Photos

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Novartis Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview





    IT Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Guildford, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Novartis (Guildford, England).


    for internal job shifts, HR is not often involved other than update of compensation. The 'interview' is usually informal and over a coffee or telephone chat.
    As a personal application, I have bad experience with the online postings as this is S L O W, you get some feedback after some months, but its horrible,
    As a manager, candidates are screened through a hiring service, then selected candidates passed to the hiring manager for a more content driven interview.

    Interview Questions

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Novartis Awards & Accolades

  • India’s Best Companies to work for 2016, Great Places to Work, 2016
  • TOP 100 Employers Ranking - voted the most attractive Swiss employer in the field of natural sciences., Universum, 2018
  • Corporate Reputation of Pharma - in the Top Three, PatientView, 2016
  • Top 10 Pipelines, MedAdNews, 2017
  • Top 100 Global Innovators, Clarivate Analytics (formerly the IP & Science division of Thomson Reuters)., 2016
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