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Novartis Senior Manager Reviews

Updated 25 June 2017
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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  • Need to improve Work-life balance for employees (in 51 reviews)

  • Senior management needs to encourage more skip level meets and bear grass root issues (in 22 reviews)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Best place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  3. "Sr.Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "not recommended"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. "Clinical Study Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice offices, parking lot, nice team

    Cons

    No real career development, no training for further development


  9. "Head"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company and good sytems and process

    Cons

    Novartis is a wonderful place to work. They still maintain high level of integrity and professional standards. The work culture is excellent.

    But the group company like Sandoz has a very negative mindset among the leadership. Though courage and honesty is highly preached, few things are practiced.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Listen to employees. Listen to employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Worked with Novartis Healthcare PVT Ltd, Hyderabad"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good work -life balance
    - World class facility

    Cons

    - Highly political environment
    - Older employees (especially old management) heavily involved in lobbying
    - Very very low integrity with older management group- very rampant

    Advice to Management

    Pay special focus on highly negative political environment (specially with old management folks). This can lead to disastrous situation.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Novartis Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Trial Manager in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Trial Manager in East Hanover, NJ (US)
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good work-life balance, but it's up to you to make it happen.

    Cons

    Top heavy in management. Many management egos. Workers are under-utilized according to their potential.