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Updated 7 June 2018
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  • "Family / Work life balance does not exist quite yet" (in 106 reviews)

  • "No work/life-balance, extremely political; career opportunities reserved for people from UK and USA" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "NIBR - Scientific Operations"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, benefits, pay. Wonderful managers and team; everyone worked together almost seamlessly, cross-functional communications above-average.

    Cons

    if you don't live close to the city, commute can be quite trying


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Tough company but great to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company good salary; limitless opportunities and nice employee perks for working hard.

    Cons

    Very tough company. Culturally challenging if you are disciplined in US style of working, then know that the Basel or international disciplines will be difficult as they don't cross train or provide guidance for being efficient in the Novartis way. Leadership has no patience with less that quick learners and remember its always about getting the job done.

    Advice to Management

    Cross train if you are mixing cultures international vs domestic.. Identify the potential of your employees through this training. Quality Assurance for employee morale and appreciation. USA is not any less than International just different in work ethics, motivation and driven workstyle

  3. "Love This Company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Administrative Assistant III in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Contractor - Senior Administrative Assistant III in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Novartis as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team environment with people who are proactively willing to help. It really seems that everyone enjoys being here.

    Cons

    Would like to be made permanent. That's the only reason that I didn't give it five stars.


  4. "Looking for great oppertunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    a good multinational environment

    Cons

    not any to be mentioned


  5. "Pharma Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Irvington, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Irvington, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    work/life balance. . .great company

    Cons

    salary can be challenging in spite of years of experience


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Impressive company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really has it all together. From the initial interviews to hiring and the on boarding process. The benefits are the best I've seen or had in my 25 years of working. Employees are truly glad to be there and make a difference in people's lives.

    Cons

    I have zero cons to write about! Maybe my own, that I wished I applied here years ago!

    Advice to Management

    Great job with orientation! I really felt it was all delegated with just enough information to keep questions down to a minimum. Excellent format!


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Billerica, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Billerica, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and culture. Lots of work keeps you busy. The benefits are great and if you work for the right manager flexibility is great.

    Cons

    commute sometimes too busy and you can get overwhelmed - hiring freeze does not help. The flexibility should be company wide - and managers should lead by example.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, nice co-workers, paid vacation, paid personal time, closed between Christmas and New Years

    Cons

    Some of the admins are catty and gossipy; the higher ups are fine

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood


  9. "Great company with great benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are very competitive and flexible work schedules. You work with a lot of very smart people and can learn a lot from them. Located close to red line train.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for non-science workers and open space work stations

    Advice to Management

    Create a pathway for administrative staff to advance


  10. "Senior Administrative Assistant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Wonderful work-life balance practices. Managers are all supportive and communicative.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth for internal admin staff to move out of admin role.

    Advice to Management

    Develop new training/oppoprtunities for the administrative professionals who'd like to evolve into other careers.