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Novartis Director Reviews

Updated 16 May 2018
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  • "Family / Work life balance does not exist quite yet" (in 106 reviews)

  • "No work/life-balance, extremely political; career opportunities reserved for people from UK and USA" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, innovative, collaborative, great work life balance

    Cons

    Less transparency in promotions


  2. "Good place to work but not for long term due to slow promotions"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, learned a lot, multinational, flexible work arrangements, overall good people to work with, cafeteria has a subsidized daily healthy option, 3 gyms on campus

    Cons

    Micromanagement, overworked, bureaucratic and slow to change, lots of reporting/compliance training, felt under appreciated at times, no transparency in promotions

    Advice to Management

    Identify and address the cause of talent leaving the company. Pay is average at best and slow promotions are common reasons for leaving.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, nice campus, cafeterias, fitness centers

    Cons

    Slow career growth for high performers, very political, working for the Swiss is annoying


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Director Global Medical Affairs (Oncology)"

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    Current Employee - Global Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Global Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The culture is equalitarian, hierarchies are subtle, friendly environment, highly educated employees, special care in the quality of life, depending on the area you can grow as fast as you need. I feel home working here.

    Cons

    As a big (huge) company, processes have a trend to slow pace because of bureaucracy. Specifically, in Medical Affairs the structure used to be flat, now is changing to allow employee's growth.

    Advice to Management

    The route that you traced now is correct. Keep doing.


  5. "Ok employer"

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    Current Employee - Global Medical Affairs Director in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Global Medical Affairs Director in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High responsibility and independence for employees. Good flexibility with opportunities for broad roles and responsibilities and much potential for growth.

    Cons

    Low value on personnel, where everyone can be replaced quickly. Inefficient communication and high level of re-inventing the wheel. Last minute mentality and very high stress level.


  6. "Culture"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative engaging research groups good innovation

    Cons

    Lags behind competition but this is changing

    Advice to Management

    Keep people from leaving


  7. "Marketing director"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Innovative company that delivers life changing drugs

    Cons

    Too many process that slows down decision making

    Advice to Management

    Increase employee empowerment

  8. "medical director"

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    Former Employee - Oncology Medical Director in Origgio (Italy)
    Former Employee - Oncology Medical Director in Origgio (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    good molecules to work with

    Cons

    long processes to start projects

    Advice to Management

    listen to your team people not only UP


  9. "Clinical Development Director"

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    Current Employee - Program Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Program Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    People are empowered to make decisions at the study level, limited bureaucracy compared with other large pharma companies, work life balance is supported by management

    Cons

    frequent re-organizations, career growth is limited, work load can be daunting. Definitely should not consider 7.5 hours a day - most people work longer hours. The new reward structure gives the management too much freedom to assign the stock award anywhere from nothing to the upper limit, depending on the retention factor and performance. Accountability can be confusing and frustrating.


  10. "Not bad"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and some hard working folks

    Cons

    Very soloed and managers don't listen

    Advice to Management

    listen to workers