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Updated 15 October 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Making an impact in the world and for families"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    good 401K package and benefits; development of employees; emphasis on patients first

    Cons

    Large global structure and decisions take time

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance


  2. "Novartis Vaccines"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    was a fantastic division within the larger business

    Cons

    it was bought by GSK and split

    Advice to Management

    keep up the life saving work in whatever company you have now landed

  3. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Novartis part-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexibility, chances for progression

    Cons

    Sale of division led to redundancy


  4. "My job had a purpose"

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

    I worked at Novartis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Take care of your development, mentoring and room to grow and have an impact

    Cons

    competition is hard but that's everywhere


  5. "internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Culture
    Location
    interesting work
    forward thinking
    change orientated

    Cons

    lack of ability in some managers


  6. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Frimley, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Frimley, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly. Nice office. Work life balance

    Cons

    Stressful. Long hours. Management ok.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Desire to be a great place to work but lack decision making ability."

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    Current Employee - Key Account in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Key Account in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lovely people with nice environment to work, good work life balance, ambitious. Great pipeline of product and genuine ambition (unrealised) to improve patient life.

    Cons

    To much analysis, lack of decisive decision making means slow to react. Lack customer focus/engagement at senior level. Terrible car policy with high employee charges if you leave.

    Advice to Management

    Be brave - make the right decision as you see it. That is better than no decision. Remember employees work 80% for their manager 20% for their company. Get the manager (BL) recruitment right. Invest in IT it’s terrible that KAMs have to work from an IPad only, not practical.

  8. "Flexible and rewarding"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, rewarding huge pipeline

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, slow development of individuals

    Advice to Management

    Develop and recognise talent


  9. Helpful (1)

    "so so company not much to recommend it"

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

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable global company, limited opportunities if you are not willing to uproot your whole family. senior leadership team are very political and there is a culture of supporting some quite limited professionals

    Cons

    Some very poor senior managers with limited understanding of their teams functions or abilities. No potential for progression in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Refocus on your customers needs and less on your own.


  10. "Recruitment"

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    Current Employee - Rare Diseases Advisor in Camberley, England
    Current Employee - Rare Diseases Advisor in Camberley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family feel culture, recruitment process, brands, pipeline

    Cons

    Nothing to report to date

    Advice to Management

    Ensure new starters are fully confident with Novartis process and policies


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