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Reviews for Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Review factors

Feel-Good Factor

Company Culture
3.28
Support from management
3.23
Teamwork
3.48
Freedom to work independently
3.48
Internal Communication
3.03
Office / Work Environment
3.61
Environmental Friendliness
3.62
Work-Life Balance
3.18
Challenging Work
3.77
Inclusive / Diverse
3.57

Career factor

Gender Equality
3.43
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.47
Career Development
3.14
Overall compensation for your work
3.70
Company Image
3.70
Job Security
2.92
Handicapped Accessibility
3.71
Workplace Safety
4.00
Benefits

The following benefits are offered

Flex. working hours in 31 of 79 reviews Parking in 43 of 79 reviews Easy access to public transportation in 11 of 79 reviews Stock or equity options in 27 of 79 reviews 401(k) in 65 of 79 reviews Onsite daycare facility in 10 of 79 reviews Reimbursed daycare in 12 of 79 reviews Ability to work remotely in 23 of 79 reviews Desirable office location in 23 of 79 reviews Tuition assistance in 35 of 79 reviews Paid Parental Leave in 29 of 79 reviews 401(k) Match in 42 of 79 reviews Flexible spending account in 36 of 79 reviews Paid time off in 49 of 79 reviews Healthcare (including vision and dental) in 46 of 79 reviews Relocation allowance in 7 of 79 reviews Life insurance in 42 of 79 reviews

The following perks are offered

On site cafeteria in 51 of 79 reviews Free (company provided) Meals in 10 of 79 reviews Health and wellness programs in 40 of 79 reviews Employee discounts in 50 of 79 reviews Vehicle allowance in 11 of 79 reviews Employee events in 29 of 79 reviews Pet friendly/Pets allowed in 2 of 79 reviews Fitness center on site in 29 of 79 reviews Free Snacks/Drinks in 22 of 79 reviews
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  • 09.May 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • The culture is shifting for the better since this year. The mind set is to become less hierarchical and eliminate a lot of bureaucracy.

What I like about the company

The work flexibility has been ideal for being able to adapt work life for my family. There is a big focus on collaboration.

What I dislike about the company

In my particular department, there is a lack of communication from senior leadership.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00
  • Company
    Novartis Institutes For Biomedical Research, Inc.
  • City
    Cambridge
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Not specified
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  • 26.Apr 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • More on-site programs like health/wellness and childcare.

What I like about the company

My department is very understanding if you need personal time off for any reason. That aligns with the company views of work-life balance. Their pay and incentives are progressive and they offer a wide variety of benefits

What I dislike about the company

It can be very bureaucratic but i feel like thats expected of a multinational, multibillion dollar company

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Novartis Institutes For Biomedical Research, Inc.
  • City
    Cambridge
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Programs directed towards growing within the company. How to advance yourself.

What I like about the company

Great work life balance. Great work environment. Great people to work with.

What I dislike about the company

Management needs work. No room for growth. Constant restructuring and instability doesn’t make employees feel safe in their position and makes employees fearful of losing their jobs.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Reimbursed daycare is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • City
    East Hanover
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Temporary

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Free (company provided) Meals is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Vehicle allowance is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Allow insights to be included from associates on manager's performance reviews for true 360 feedback.

What I like about the company

Being close to cutting-edge research and potential for personal growth

What I dislike about the company

Not enough management training for new managers hurts the science. Check in with those who report to your direct reports' on what really happens on a daily basis.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Reimbursed daycare is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Novartis Corporation
  • City
    East Hanover
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Quick decision making, reduce the amount of meetings, reduce last minute SOP/document updates and shortened training periods, provide compensation for hard work instead of cutting raises due to promotions.

What I like about the company

The healthcare plan is good. They also provide paid days off for snow days.

What I dislike about the company

The bureaucracy when it comes to decision making. Also, leadership keeps changing and they keep changing things around nothing is stable or long term.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
3.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS
  • City
    Morris Plains
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Simplify processes and give line employees more empowerment

What I like about the company

I have been promoted several times. I have had the opportunity to do various jobs in various therapeutic areas. I have worked for both the US and Global organizations. I have met and worked with a lot of bright and talented people. I have traveled all over the world. I feel my job is rewarding because of the life saving, or improving benefits of the drugs we develop. I have had the opportunity to attend a lot of incredible training

What I dislike about the company

Still pretty male dominated, culture used to be a “fear” culture but it is changing in a positive direction. Too much bureaucracy

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
5.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Onsite daycare facility is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • City
    East Hanover
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • Get rid of all the jobs that are in India and do the work in the United States. Overall the cost will be cheaper and the work will be better.

What I like about the company

It used to be a great company to work for however the last 10 years has seen a lot of pressure to outsource almost every job. I personally have had about eight real reorganize in the last 10 years. I do get to work from home a fair amount which is nice, however it works so their benefit as I am usually working 12 hours a day.

What I dislike about the company

They were foolish to outsource so many jobs. Those people left in the United States spends all their time correcting errors made by offshore resources. It is not uncommon to work 60 hours or more week and this has been increasing as they look to replace expensive US employees with cheap labor from India.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • City
    East Hanover
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Fitness center on site is offered
  • 16.Sep 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

Innovative, supportive, and a great place to work.

Support from management

My experience with management was very good overall. The people I worked with were exceptionally smart, energetic, and personable. They were always willing to help and taught me a lot. I only encountered one really frustrating situation during the 8 years I was employed there. That person ended up getting terminated.

Teamwork

Again an area that was hit and miss when I started working there, but they did surveys, asked for employee feedback, and genuinely set out to improve things. Teamwork had become the norm by the time I left, which was a vast improvement over the silos that existed when I started.

Freedom to work independently

This was one of the best things about this company. You were surrounded by truly brilliant people, and most of them really cared about their work. They simply trusted you to do the same. It was refreshing and motivational.

Internal Communication

When I started, they were not always great with internal communication, but they requested feedback, clearly acted on it, and I had no complaints by the time I left.

Gender Equality

My only reason for a middling score here is due to the experiences of some of my colleagues. It did not impact me at the time, but several female managers in various areas did express concerns about a lack of support and growth opportunities for women to move into executive positions on the business side of things. Clinicians did not seem to encounter these issues.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Older people with the company usually had a wealth of knowledge and experience and were respected accordingly.

Career Development

This was an area where I believe they could have done more and helped more. There was not a lot of growth or guidance toward any career paths. One had to be very persistent and go out on a limb to create opportunities. Many people come into the company with multiple advanced degrees, so this is somewhat understandable. The nature of the company kind of lends itself to assume that when you arrive to work for them, you are already in a career field and pretty self sufficient.

Work-Life Balance

Absolutely no complaints. Well managed. Reasonable. No one asked more of you than they were willing to put in themselves. They treated everyone like adults with lives and allowed a lot of autonomy and as much flexibility as possible.

Job Security

Well, unfortunately, my position was eliminated during a massive restructure, so obviously my answer is biased. It was a good company, and I suppose they had to adapt to market changes to stay viable, but it was disappointing to come in to work and find yourself and hundreds of colleagues out of a job. What really irritated me was that 2 other positions like mine were kept, and both people who were kept had lower performance reviews than mine for 2 years running. I was told performance had no bearing on the layoffs. It was all laid out with a legal team and HR to equally impact all sexes, ages, tenures, positions, and departments. On one hand, I suppose that makes it better, and on the other, why the heck was I giving my all if it never mattered in the end?

Suggestions for improvement

  • I suspect this may be in place now, but it would be nice to see a growth path for people who want to stay and develop a long term career with the company.

What I like about the company

This was absolutely the best company I ever experienced. The work saved lives, there were brilliant people at every turn, and innovation was not only welcomed but encouraged and rewarded. I never encountered that insecurity and fear that someone is trying to "take your job" or bypass you that you do in so many companies. They hired good people.

What I dislike about the company

The fact that they restructured and eliminated my position? Lol, honestly, that's all. I'd work for them again in a heartbeat.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Stock or equity options is offered
  • Company
    Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • City
    East Hanover
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    n/a
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

Workplace Safety

They supply their employees and contract personnel with numerous Power Point slides and revised SOP to read on Safety and other topics. Remember they do NOT hire contractors. At least half or more of their production staff are contractors. Contractors receive non of the perks employees get. On employee appreciation day and special events, contractors are left out which makes you feel "less than" and that your contribution is not appreciated. When the job you are already doing comes up on their intranet, to be filled as a full-time permanent employee, you still have to go through another formal interview process. Where the end result normally involve them hiring some brand new from the outside or relisting it to get another contractor.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Paid time off is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Novartis
  • City
    Fort Worth
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Temporary
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered
  • 04.Apr 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

Horrible culture. No work life balance. Metric driven

Teamwork

Some great people. But mostly people out for themselves.

Internal Communication

Ride alongs all the time.

Gender Equality

Speaking up is frowned upon.

Overall compensation for your work

Pits reps against each other can hit a goal and still aren't paid

Suggestions for improvement

  • Stop micro managing. Ride alongs too many. Let reps do their job.

What I dislike about the company

Micro management treats employees like they have no experience.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Novartis Corporation
  • City
    Parsippany
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    C-Suite / Leadership
  • Department
    Distribution/sales

The following perks were offered to me

Vehicle allowance is offered