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Novartis Reviews

Updated 13 December 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance/holidays are organised well (in 153 reviews)

  • Friendly staff and colleagues who are always friendly and willing to help one another succeed in the work environment (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Need to improve Work-life balance for employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Lack of authentic leadership from senior management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    it is a performance driven company

    Cons

    perhaps it is too much performance driven


  2. "Historical Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Progressive, Results, Driven, Holistic, Benefits, Career Opportunities

    Cons

    Geographic, Can be global with small g


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis Pharma India"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Hyde, England
    Former Employee - Management Analyst in Hyde, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work and very flexible work options. Very good pay also

    Cons

    no growth and lot of internal politics

    Advice to Management

    Kindly review your management teams performance regularly rather than listening to them. Mostly they dont work and they just time pass


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "If you're a robot, there's a job for you here..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Hospital Sales Representative in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Hospital Sales Representative in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move upwards if you're prepared to keep your mouth shut.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy; no trust; employees treated like children. Don't open your mouth or you will have your life made miserable.

    Advice to Management

    If you want a speak up culture, you need to get your middle management in line.


  6. "Fromer employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good career progression and training and development opportunities

    Cons

    Can be difficult to implement change


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Regulatory Affairs Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Flat structure. Dynamic, motivated peers.

    Cons

    Lack efficient processes. Some departments work in silo. Lack global connectivity. Risk averse. Lots of change.


  8. "Good for development and very ethical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Strong personal development, good salary, very ethical

    Cons

    Bonus scheme is poor and not competitive now it has changed in 2016, Franchise Heads in general are in it for themselves not their people, 2 drink rule at company meetings strictly enforced!

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a review of the new bonus scheme to make sure the same potential to earn exists across all franchises, it will only be competitive externally if working on launch brands


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Associate"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Graduate Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours although you are expected to work 7,5 hours per day. Gym, hairdresser etc on site is also very positive.

    Cons

    Some of the schemes have lacked some clarity and direction. However, this is expected to get better within the near future.

    Advice to Management

    Advise to management would be to cater to the issues of clarity described in the cons. Coming into a new company without a clear role, there is only so much you can do just on your own.


  10. "Great School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Great development , good salaries ,

    Cons

    High Stress , a lot of tasks ,

    Advice to Management

    need to review capacity per each FTE


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in London, England
    Current Employee - Clinical Scientist in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Sense of community
    Internal expertise

    Cons

    Limited career development for non-medics in scientific roles (outside Basel HQ)
    Not that "family friendly" (e.g. maternity leave/pay policy, part-time/flexible working)

    Advice to Management

    Revisit HR policies


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