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Novartis Associate Director Reviews

Updated 25 October 2017
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Associate Director

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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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Pros
  • Work life balance/holidays are organised well (in 153 reviews)

  • Friendly staff and colleagues who are always friendly and willing to help one another succeed in the work environment (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Need to improve Work-life balance for employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Lack of authentic leadership from senior management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Associate Director Talent"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director Talent in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director Talent in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company vision and pipeline is very inspiring.

    Cons

    Leadership and culture are both very challenging.


  2. "associatedirector"

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

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good environment good people flexible

    Cons

    low salary not the postiyion


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits

    Cons

    Poor leadership, no guidance and expect you to figure it out yourself

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on people


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Clifton, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Clifton, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis (More than a year)

    Pros

    Health benefits are good and not too costly, at some campuses there are useful amenities onsite (eg, PCPs and pharmacy), tuition reimbursement, competitive salary, physical facilities are generally pleasant

    Cons

    Managers who don't manage, negative culture, poor staffing decisions (ie, allocation and work load distribution)

    Advice to Management

    Hold managers accountable for their staffing decisions


  6. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Project Quality Manager & Domain Quality Manager/Associate Director in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Project Quality Manager & Domain Quality Manager/Associate Director in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays decent salaries and good benefits

    Cons

    No longer an employee friendly company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, wrong people!!!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Global company with a really nice corporate structure.

    Cons

    People without the needed experience to run a pharmaceutical plant makes it a chanllenge to spend a day without being frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    Do not be overcompliant, but put enough care in compliance that we can run a business and have the regulatory agencies and our customers happy.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Pays well, but you are a cog in the wheel"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Parsippany, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well
    Tries to focus on innovation
    Not a lot of beuracracy

    Cons

    Every employee is treated like a number, does not value its employees
    Churns and burns people out, senior leadership is a revolving door
    Runs the company like a bank, is unable to invest in the long term health of the business (R&D, IT, etc)

    Advice to Management

    It costs more to bring in outsiders than it does to treat the people you have fairly
    The existing business slow down has finally caught up to our inability to get out of the focus on the current month, current qtr, current year.