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Review averages

  • 102 employees say

    Excellent (42)
    41.176470588235%
    Good (34)
    33.333333333333%
    Satisfactory (13)
    12.745098039216%
    Subpar (13)
    12.745098039216%
    3.52
  • 7 applicants say

    Excellent (4)
    57.142857142857%
    Good (2)
    28.571428571429%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    14.285714285714%
    3.78

Reviews for Novartis

Reviews - What employees say

3.52 Employees say
3.78 Applicants say

Company Culture

Very bad culture. People with more work experience are ignored incase of promotions. No leaders can be seen in the leading position of each department.

Support from management

Poor support. If you were given a task to do which involves cross functional departments involvement, then you are doomed. Then situation become worse than government office.

Teamwork

Everyone on his own. No team work exist. Only those nice presentation and programs. Nothing in real working environment.

Internal Communication

Politics make it horrible to work.

Work-Life Balance

Work life is okay. You will be severely mentally stressed. If anyone can manage that then it's okay to work here.

Job Security

You can get fired at any time.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Need new management. Need job security and appreciation for work.

What I like about the company

Salary and other compensation. Strong documentation aligned with global practice.

What I dislike about the company

Poor leaders. Politics.

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

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Onsite daycare facility 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 (Bangladesh) Ltd.
  • City
    Dhaka
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Production

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

  • 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

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Review averages

  • 102 employees say

    Excellent (42)
    41.176470588235%
    Good (34)
    33.333333333333%
    Satisfactory (13)
    12.745098039216%
    Subpar (13)
    12.745098039216%
    3.52
  • 7 applicants say

    Excellent (4)
    57.142857142857%
    Good (2)
    28.571428571429%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (1)
    14.285714285714%
    3.78

kununu score comparisons

Novartis
3.54
109 reviews

Industry average (Pharmaceuticals/Biotech)
3.08
44,179 reviews

kununu average
3.31
2,787,000 reviews