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Novartis Reviews

Updated Aug 18, 2019

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Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan
Vas Narasimhan
363 Ratings
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  • "Little work life balance due to high volume of work(in 124 reviews)

  • "No cons for such a good company(in 42 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Loved my job at Novartis"

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Basel
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and talented colleagues, interesting projects, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    None, I loved my job there

    Novartis2019-01-21
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    "Novartis Pharmaceuticals"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Lots of opportunities to grow and develop

    Cons

    No cons to report. Have had a great experience

    Novartis2018-11-28
  3. "Manufacturing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Awful management. Bullying from top levels

    Novartis2019-07-30

    Novartis Response

    July 31, 2019

    Thank you for your comment. We are sorry to hear of your experience and take all comments of bullying seriously and as such have passed this information to the Novartis SpeakUp Office (formerly the Business Practices Office (BPO)). We recommend you also contact our SpeakUp Office ...

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  4. "Strong pipeline and evolving culture in Oncology"

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    Current Employee - Reimbursemant Strategy Lead in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novartis full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong investment at most senior leadership in improving culture and overall competitiveness

    Cons

    Big ship to move with high aspirations for cultural transformation. So far so good though

    Advice to Management

    Keep walking the talk

    Novartis2019-04-18
  5. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Employees are smart and motivated. Good opportunities for travel and working abroad

    Cons

    Not always clear what priorities are within the leadership team, path to get promoted isn't clear

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making career paths clearer

    Novartis2019-02-27
  6. "Sales representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Drive for excellence. Science based. High standards of performance

    Cons

    Too much internal competition. Too much politics. Too much process

    Novartis2019-02-05
  7. "Take from them as much as they take from you."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, great salary, great benefits. Many very smart people to work with, upping your game and teaching you much.

    Cons

    You are a number, a cost, a resource. Know it and never forget it when making decisions and you'll be fine. Squeeze what you can out of them just as they do to you. Lots of politiking from Management layer up through the organization. Decisions are taken first by how it affects the person making the decision (good for them or not), then if it's good for the company, and finally for patients. At the very highest levels...

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    Advice to Management

    None. Management's concern is to the shareholders and themselves first, the concerns of the people who make everything possible is a day to day annoyance that must be managed with placation. A change would only be made if it impacts profit, and ultimately the share price.

    Novartis2018-11-09
  8. "Accounting Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment Nice offices Free parking Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Lack of career opportunities for young people

    Novartis2018-10-14
  9. "Novartis Oncology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dorval, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Novartis has a great R&D Team and a great Pipeline. Culture et truly patient focus and take into consideration impact on medical practice.

    Cons

    Limited career opportunity. Despite the presence of programs, only a few chosen one are selected to continue. Highly dependant on who you are working for. VERY high turn over of management (ex-pat) makes for inconsistent leadership practice.

    Advice to Management

    D&I is not just a gender thing... it should also take into consideration non traditional thinker. The company would benefit from listening to interverts as they may make better leaders on long run...

    Novartis2018-09-28
  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novartis part-time

    Pros

    You can ask for projects to do. Most people are helpful and open to feedback.

    Cons

    Too many meetings. It takes a long time to get things done.

    Novartis2018-09-26
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