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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)

    "Great company"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Performance culture, Basel Campus: amazing location to work in

    Cons

    Adminsitrative burden, slow, a lot of change


  2. "Good company to stay till you retire if not expecting much hike"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Good company, work culture is best.

    Cons

    Salary hike could be much better for deserving ones.

    Advice to Management

    NA

  3. "Ambient, collaboration and learning curve depending on the program you are in"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility (possibility to work part time or 2 days from home for Swiss residents) big portfolio, good position to increase experience in Trial and program management within the company.

    Cons

    Promotions related more to manager/program then to performance itself, lot of politics, too much data cleaning, not always involved by managers in all the aspects of trial management

    Advice to Management

    Many managers have very low people management capability. This is mainly due to the high political reasons for promotions.


  4. "Best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent career planning and development
    Great leadership
    Values and behavior
    Performance management
    Work life balance
    Flat organization at IT
    Work rotation, career progression
    Global exposure
    On site opportunity with work relocation
    Work from Home

    Cons

    due to multiple work location, In India lot of meetings on phone in late night


  5. "Sr.Project Manager"

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    Former Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Former Contractor - IT Senior Project Manager in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice location, roomy office space

    Cons

    too many changes are being deployed in the same time, huge people rotation aa the result of it

    Advice to Management

    to develop clear strategy


  6. Helpful (1)

    "not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis (Less than a year)

    Pros

    pension fund, nice buildings on the campus

    Cons

    long working hours, high pressure on project timelines, on the other hand also some pressure to not work long hours, very minimal support

    Advice to Management

    take care of your employees they are the highest value you have


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Corrupt...Unethical...fraudulent co. to work for. Beware!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Super-slow company. Salary comes on time. Air travel for every meeting( even for a one hour meeting, people fly off to HQ). No process so people who like working in a haphazard environment will love this. Overall culture is very similar to a PSU actually so if you want to experience how a laggard govt. organisation works, this is the best place to do so.

    Cons

    Highly bureaucratic...Sir/Madam culture. PLT first, Patient Second, Employee third. Far from anything you could see in a MNC company. Indian proprietor driven cos. are far more professional than this organisation. Things here change overnight and People are asked to leave without any reason. Highly unethical co. also- the statements and commitment of senior management keeps on changing.
    Fraudulent TA team-beware of this! There is a special drive going on currently to hire top B-School grads as the other old chaps are completely useless and its impossible to get any work done from them. Don't let the TA head trick you to join this co.. He is the biggest liar of all and the things they commit to you during the interview phase are never delivered later on. Lack of transparency is paramount here. Would not recommend this co. even to an enemy!

    Advice to Management

    Try to change the culture. Its not an employee friendly co. and no top performing employee would like to stay in a rottening culture like this. The air inside is poisoning and nobody can be trusted.

  8. "Great company to work for and would highly recommend"

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    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Newark, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Newark, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, great benefits, innovative company, employee morale is high, and great pay .. I believe this is one of the decent pharmaceutical companies out there to work for.. They have a lot of health initiatives and give back programs..

    Cons

    Too much politics when making a lateral move... Some favoritism.. Little accountability for folks who are in certain higher level positions..

    Advice to Management

    Promote people based on qualifications not length of service..


  9. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    WLB is good , best place to be

    Cons

    Slow Growth frequent changes Unstable structure

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Loss - Novartis shuts down US Manufacturing & Packaging site"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Manager in Monroe, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior QA Manager in Monroe, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people made all the difference with their tremendous talent, collaborative capacity and dedicated work ethic. There was a special kinship and spirit shared by all who worked there.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Novartis chose to shut down their only US Pharma manufacturing and packaging site. The site was undervalued by the global network.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and retain your most valuable asset - PEOPLE and provide them strong career paths. Creating opportunity and growth for associates, grows your business!