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Novartis Reviews

Updated 21 June 2018
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  • "Family / Work life balance does not exist quite yet" (in 63 reviews)

  • "Lack of authentic leadership from senior management" (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great School"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people"

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    • Culture & Values
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    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

  3. "The team was great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere in the office and spirit of collaboration

    Cons

    Focus on profit rather than on building brands


  4. "A low period"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frimley, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frimley, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Making a difference to the lives of patients through innovation and passion in certain areas.

    Cons

    The company is going through a 'low period' - something of a dip - which seems to happen in a cycle here (having seen it through 8 or so years). Motivation is low, despite the arrival of an inspirational new GM in the spring of 2015. The current leadership team appears to be a group who are using Pharma UK as a stepping stone to bigger and better things - with more interest in politics and power-struggles than making a difference. This is disappointing for those of us who are still very passionate and committed to this company.

    Advice to Management

    Try to move away from UK Pharma leadership roles being nothing more than a stepping stone to Basel. Whilst, culturally, the focus on values and behaviours is the right one (as are those chosen) there are certain members of the LT who are very well known for their failure to lead by example. That they are not held to account makes the LT lack credibility - a great shame when there is an inspirational GM and a couple of LT members who are second to none.
    I would not recommend NVS to a friend at this moment in time.


  5. "Excellent team / Ophtalmology branch"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in Frimley, England
    Current Employee - Medical Advisor in Frimley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice and very supportive team especally for someone new for the insustry. Excellent managere, flexible working hours. Happy employee

    Cons

    Driveng towards the office is a little nightmare. Slow and complicated processing

    Advice to Management

    Provide early training for new beginners. There is no piont to wait 4-6 moths for some certen trainings


  6. "Healthcare development manager"

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    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


  7. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Processes and work practices in place to ensure that quality was maintained in all division.
    Good work life Balance

    Cons

    A lot of functions where outsourced to India.
    No more Career Opportunities in the UK

  8. "Novartis UK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camberley, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camberley, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The teams are friendly, work hard and are dedicated to developing life-changing pharmaceutical. Novartis values cultural diversity and people from different countries and different backgrounds can progress to high levels within the company based on merit.

    Cons

    The level of bureaucracy is a hurdle to progressing with what seem to be relatively simple activities. However this may be due in part to some of the recent changes in the company and its processes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your associates. Review and get feedback on your processes to ensure that they support rather than hinder your workforce.


  9. "Senior Clinical Trial head"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    progressive organisation and global career opportunities if prepared to relocate

    Cons

    Global reorganisation at short notice leading to job role redundancy


  10. "very good atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and fast working team. a lot of interesting challenges and smart and friendly team.

    Cons

    I have nothing to particularly mention. Sometime it can be annoying as all the team is speaking flamish and if you don't understand a word.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing particular


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