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Novartis Manager Reviews

Updated 17 October 2017
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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  • Need to improve Work-life balance for employees (in 51 reviews)

  • Senior management needs to encourage more skip level meets and bear grass root issues (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Frimley, England
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Frimley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, private healthcare insurance, company contribution to private pension plan

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes working at the weekends


  2. "Life at Novartis"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Project Manager
    Current Intern - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big company, lots of possibility. The company always gives you the possibility to improve processes to achieve higher performance.

    Cons

    Maybe the lean organization can be fine tuned to avoid messy procedures and actions taken in emercency, avoiding "fire fighting" proceduers.

    Advice to Management

    Lean organization can be fine tuned


  3. "Healthcare development manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Healthcare Development Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Healthcare Development Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Rich pipeline- rewards well
    Great people

    Cons

    Operates from a global franchise perspective

    Advice to Management

    Think of the total customer experience- NHS


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  5. "?..."

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good development opportunities available to staff.

    Cons

    High pressure job, resource limited at times.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Vaccines division culture has declined over last few years"

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - good remuneration packages and benefits
    - lots of new initiatives to work on and plenty of projects however there is a downside to this
    - never gets boring however there is a downside to this

    Cons

    - The culture in the vaccines division is to overload / stretch employees forcing them to work extra hours/ from home/ weekends. If you resist this and try and keep a healthy balance it will show in your performance review as you'll never achieve more than an average rating. Employees who don't deliver get put onto a performance improvement plan and then if your performance doesn't improve to the level expected you're out. I have seen this route misused by managers and some good people have gone just because their bosses didn't like them.
    - Most events and initiatives are treated like a life threatening emergency because many of people who lead the division are fire fighter types who need the adrenalin rush and this gets cascaded downwards and impacts the stress levels of those of us who don't need panic and adrenalin to make us productive.
    - Work obsessed people who lack empathy and finesse tend to get the promotions these days as they bully their way to success at the expense of others. Results count more than how you get them at the end of the day and there are some hated people in some of the top jobs.
    - It comes down to luck if you get a good manager or not and if you have the bullying type you'd better make sure you play the game their way. If you get one of the few empathic and caring managers (and there are a few still about) Novartis can be a supportive and enjoyable place to work but these circumstances are becoming less frequent.
    - The vaccine division lacks real confidence and there is a culture of too many initiatives being implemented at once intended to help lead the company to world class status but this never seems to be achieved. Some of these initiatives are really good and have had a positive effect on the business however there are always too many of them and they tend to fall on the shoulders of the same people to deliver / take part in leading to the over work / extra hours situation mentioned in the first point.

    Advice to Management

    It will be interesting to see what impact the GSK acquisition has on the business and what happens to the flu business when a buyer is found. I'm not sure if any of the vaccines senior management team would take much from this review due to the cons listed above.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Collaboration and Diversity at its Peak"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Healthcare Development Manager in Frimley, England
    Former Employee - Healthcare Development Manager in Frimley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly Professional
    Extremely Diverse and Welcoming
    Genuinely Collaborative
    Extremely Intelligent and Competent from the Top Down
    Good Intentions are Authentic

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can cause teams to trip over each other with customers
    Innovation and strong ideas can get lost in bureaucracy before proper consideration/implementation.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct quarterly follow ups on new project proposals for prospective launch/implementation
    Recognise that sometimes the best action is inaction; when something isn't broke, don't fix it anyway.


  8. "Great company full with opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Regional Operations Manager in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Regional Operations Manager in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly transformative and innovative environment where you can easily have an opportunity to promote

    Cons

    Country Organization culture is dominating and sweeping out the global organizational culture

    Advice to Management

    Don't turn into an ordinary local company, stay Novartis.


  9. "Communications Manager"

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    Current Employee - Global Manager, Communications in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Global Manager, Communications in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Development opportunities
    People Empowerment
    Performance-based annual review
    Amazing headquarter campus

    Cons

    Work-life balance
    Job uncertainty
    Too much bureaucracy and politics

    Advice to Management

    Be more people-oriented (for real) and reduce bureaucracy


  10. "Novartis"

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    Current Employee - IGM Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - IGM Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Prague considered low cost centre, no career growth, lack of education and meaningful trainings, travel ban at the moment.

    Advice to Management

    You should live your values not just have employees to follow them.


  11. "Lucky if you are in right department, else its a hell"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global Company, Great Projects and its a pioneer in most of the projects

    Cons

    Extremely toxic politics, Club culture ( if you are not one of them, you are out)

    Advice to Management

    Act like humans