Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Reviews | Glassdoor.co.uk

Glassdoor uses cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing, you agree to our use of cookies. OK | Learn More

Find your next job here

Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Reviews

Updated 9 December 2017
223 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research CEO Joseph Jimenez
Joseph Jimenez
93 Ratings

223 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Good working culture and work life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • A plethora of job opportunities with good benefits, compensation and work/life balance (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Still a large company - dragged down by bureaucracy (in 10 reviews)

  • ngig von Dynamik in der Gruppe, hochleistungsorientiert, starker Druck, schlechte Work-Life-Balance (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great company to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    High standard research and drug discovery and care for patients

    Cons

    Sometimes the higher managenent is out of touch with the rest of the team. High pressure enviroment ( however this could be positive)

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more


  2. "good place to work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good employee benefits and environment

    Cons

    Poor management communication and commitment to employees


  3. "Great for the patient, but not for the employee"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable pay, free private health care, shares scheme. Innovative, patient - oriented research, with a real push behind unmet medical need.

    Cons

    People tend to be promoted to the point of incompetence. Too many line managers here have exceptionally poor management skills and deep resistance to change (not all, but the majority) Glass ceilings for those qualified below PhD level. Colleagues at lower levels are generally miserable, depressed and resentful of their employer, which makes for a poor culture throughout.

    Advice to Management

    Every company is built on the foundation of their employees. Happy employees work harder, and good line management encourages this. The over involvement of HR undermines the employees trust of the establishment.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "NIBR is good place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Investigator II in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Investigator II in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sound science, good resource, good work life balance, good pay and benefits

    Cons

    management can be conservative; there can be too many meetings; one need to learn to network and manage parallel and up


  6. "Summer Scholar"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    GREAT Experience here. Only there for summer

    Cons

    NO CONS really. great community.


  7. "Micromanagement central - avoid"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager/Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager/Business Analyst in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Better than average salary, good benefits package (number of vacation days , 401k plan, medical insurance, etc), on-site medical care, company store,

    Cons

    The company is burdened with far too much bureaucracy - getting something relatively simple done requires a great deal of effort and too many meetings.

    Recent changes in senior management have led to a chaotic work environment and left a large number of people unsure about their role or future in the organization

    The biggest issue though is the top-down style of (micro) management where even experienced team leaders are essentially powerless to make independent decisions, made worse by inflexible thinking by those empowered to make the decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce bureaucracy, set a clear direction for the company, but most importantly don’t over-manage the employees and their work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "clinical operations"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - vacation time
    - sick time
    - flexible schedule (dependent on your manager though)
    - holiday shutdown

    (look at that, the pros are when I don't have to be working)

    Cons

    - things move slowly
    - unclear processes
    - a lot of inexperienced people are brought in (very limited clinical trial experience) -- NIBR needs to provide adequate training

    Advice to Management

    recognize the talent you have. it's recognized that you have 'favorites' that move through the ranks quickly and whether these people are actually qualified to move up is questionable. the actual people that deserve to be moved up or around end up leaving.


  9. "Scientific Associate"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Lots of resources to do exploratory work and gain new insights in drug discovery

    Cons

    Depending on the manager it can be a tough work load

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work culture


  10. "GNF"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good Science. The management works hard to do what is right for the employees

    Cons

    becoming more and more mired in bureacracy


  11. "Scientist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge research, friendly work culture.

    Cons

    Commute to Cambridge, Expensive parking


Showing 223 of 255 reviews
Reset Filters