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Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research Reviews

Updated 8 April 2018
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  • A very large company, with some bureaucracy, thought not as much as one would think (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    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"

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    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"

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    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. "8 year employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, work environment, benefits, good cafeteria

    Cons

    bureaucracy, little upward mobility without a pH D

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Senior Informatics Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture of learning, innovation and good management training to make a nice work atmosphere

    Cons

    Not enough budgeted for informatics projects


  6. "Novartis review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Long and short term incentive, on-site healthcare, free yoga classes, free meditation classes,

    Cons

    High expectations, low flexibility to work from home, no assistance with daycare


  7. "Inspiring work but in a challenging environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    We work on really innovative clinical research in areas of unmet need, and that can be an inspiring reason for coming into work. Generally teams I work with are composed of interesting, curious, determined, hard-working people and interactions at the team level can be a real joy, full of camaraderie, with everyone pulling to meet a shared, challenging goal.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, bureaucracy and .... bureaucracy.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "NIBR is good place to work"

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    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


  9. "Summer Scholar"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Micromanagement central - avoid"

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    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.


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