Novartis Pharmaceuticals
3.4 of 5 421 reviews
www.pharma.us.novartis.com East Hanover, NJ 5000+ Employees

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.4 421 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Novartis Pharmaceuticals President André Wyss

André Wyss

(96 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "competitive salaries,good work-life balance,salespeople can achieve realistic goals"
    in 28 reviews
  • "Awesome people, good benefits, secure working environment, job stability"
    in 25 reviews
Cons:
  • "Large company work life balance is hard if you can't do it for yourself"
    in 21 reviews
  • "Not robust career development, there should be more emphasis on your future in Novartis"
    in 11 reviews
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Inspirational company but with some giant egos hindering progress

Consultant (Former Employee)
Frimley, England (UK)

I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFor the majority of my time there I loved going to work. I worked on projects within several areas of the UK organisation, and with the leadership team, which gave me quite an honest insight to 'how things are'. Overall, this is an aspirational company with some truly talented individuals and an inspirational portfolio and pipeline. Their development programme is excellent - tough, but bursting with exciting opportunity if you want to carve a career.

ConsOne negative result of the development programme, and a general cultural shift in recent times, is that some leaders are focussed primarily on their own career path, to the detriment of progress and good business practices. It can also be quite political which directly impacts the progression of brilliant ideas when middle-managers choose not to back something for bureacratic reasons.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let mediocre leadership qualities and patchy middle management spoil this amazing company.

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sales

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

Proscompetitive salaries,good work-life balance,salespeople can achieve realistic goals

Consfrequent layoffs,more specialty products,large territories,strict compliance policies

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Management Executive (Former Employee)
Dhaka (Bangladesh)

I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat woking Experience, wonderful team members

Conscareer movement is slow due to flat organogram

Advice to Senior ManagementNA

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Changing Industry

Executive Sales Consultant (Current Employee)
Miami, FL (US)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 10 years

ProsA great company over the years

ConsLimited pipeline and products in primary care

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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basic

Senior Sales Consultant (Current Employee)
West Palm Beach, FL (US)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 3 years

Prosmoney / benefit good / Good pipline

Consmany changes/ work life balance lack of motivators

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disappointing 2013.

Pharmaceutical Sales (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than a year

ProsHard work equals Great Bonus

ConsWeak Pipe line and Structure

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good years but it is time to move on to a better opportunity.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

ProsGood local management in midwest.

ConsGeneral Meds has no pipeline.

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Constantly undergoing change

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals

ProsPeople are nice... but not sure if all are genuine. Employees have lot of perks in the office.

ConsVery unstable. It's not always about who can do the work but who can be the most politically savvy.

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Like food without salt

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Basel (Switzerland)

I have been working at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time

ProsCompensation is adequate and the city of Basel is nice to live in

ConsInternal culture could learn a lot from the outside world
Typical big pharma, no personality company
Have not yet heard anyone say 'this is a wonderful place to work'
New employees are talked to as if they were fresh from Univiersity

Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a culture based on teamwork, rather than internal competition

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Toxic culture perpetuated from senior management down, constant box checking and micromanagement.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Novartis Pharmaceuticals full-time for more than 5 years

ProsField based sales teams in many areas are exceptionally talented. In spite of toxic management, some great products, making their way to the patients because of exceptional field force. The goal of best in class patient services programs will be achieved, slowly, in spite of itself. Excellent benefits, salary, and diversity.

ConsSenior management issues are rampant throughout organization. Realignments and reorganizations are the norm. Culture of the organization is one that encourages shameless self promotion and working in silos. Collaboration and innovation frowned upon and often punished. Box checking/micromanagement from the highest levels down. Problem employees/managers protected and promoted. The disconnect between home office and field team is much larger then in other companies. Too many layers of management, lack of respect for the organization in many markets.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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