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Novartis Reviews

Updated 13 December, 2017
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Novartis CEO Joseph (Joe) Jimenez Jr.
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Pros
  • Work life balance/holidays are organised well (in 153 reviews)

  • Friendly staff and colleagues who are always friendly and willing to help one another succeed in the work environment (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • Need to improve Work-life balance for employees (in 56 reviews)

  • Lack of authentic leadership from senior management (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, with Pay and Bonuses

    Cons

    Work-Life balance needs to be taken care of

    Advice to Management

    Try to get the performers in the higher band of pay


  2. "Great international company"

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    Current Employee - Head FP&A
    Current Employee - Head FP&A
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    International career, good network and many opportunities to grow. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Salary aiming for average when requesting top performers
    Corporate heavy

    Advice to Management

    Be more agile and flexible with less bureaucracy. If an information does not lead to any business decision then do not ask for it!


  3. "commercial business analyst"

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    Former Employee - Commercial Business Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Commercial Business Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had a very flexible schedule, it was very easy for a parent with 2 children.

    Cons

    working as a commercial business analyst was very stressful

    Advice to Management

    management was great, keep the great communication between management and employees


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  5. "Good learning, good opportunities, restructured every year."

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    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Dorval, QC
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Dorval, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Structure, good learning, support system in place to help new comers. Good mix of experienced people and room to grow.

    Cons

    So much compliance issues and fear of being audited and found not to be compliant it basically creates obstacles to innovation and sometimes corporate paralysis.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting to make your quota on female vs male leaders; choose the skills and competencies so you are successful in your launches. Also, invest more ahead. Your are not at par with the rest of the industry. It's a shame not to deliver more on some of these amazing products you have.


  6. "Field force"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues across the country were very welcoming and collaborative, including managers and executives of the company and team. Novartis fosters integrity, champions top-quality treatment and care for its patients, and rewards its hard-working employees.

    Cons

    Cannot think of a single downside working with Novartis.


  7. "Senior CRA"

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

    Pros

    Working in Novartis as a CRA, you got many flexibility to complete your tasks and you got a great team to support you about your tasks. The workload is reasonable and the trials are excited. There are continuing good studies in Novartis.

    Cons

    It is a little bit hard for new staff to get familiar with all the new requirement and system in Novartis, since the orientation training provide too much information and fresh man can not digest everything in a few days. New ones have to continue study in the following tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide some budget on team building, which really important especially for new staffs. Team building led by each CRA Group head is much help than training provided by the trainer. Monthly training is required with in a Local CRA Group, which help CRAs aware updated change of company's requirement.


  8. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great work Environment
    - Great Experience

    Cons

    - Not much benefits for contractors


  9. "Great Overall"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is great career advancement, respect, open-door policy, diversity, competitive salary, benefits & bonuses.

    Cons

    Depending on the role you are in - work-life balance is not the best. High workload & sometimes understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice to management as they are all receptive to advice on a regular basis & makes for a very enjoyable work environment.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Feedback"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent product pipeline and services.

    Cons

    Improve Leadership accountability across all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Improve talent retention and promotion of internal leaders.


  11. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Vice President in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Novartis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    culture, people, brands, commitment, long term outlook positive

    Cons

    number of meetings excessive, some politics

    Advice to Management

    stay the course, invest in these brands, get through the merger with GSK


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