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Poor Management
Business Application Project Manager (Former Employee) –  East Hanover, NJNovember 6, 2018
Depending on the department things may range from okay to absolutely toxic. Unless you are tagged as advanceable prepare for a stagnant career.
Management is confused and typically acts in direct opposition to stated policies. Office politics play a big role in opportunities for projects with any visibility - same few people always get the assignments and recognition.
Policy for salary is to avaid increases to base pay and instead use bonus to "reward" performance. Largest increase in 10 years was 2%
Pros
Benefits are good
Cons
Terrible management, Toxic culture
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It's all subjective
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  East Hanover, NJOctober 17, 2018
Management immediately lumps people into two groups: able to advance or grunt. The first gets promotions, job rotations annually. The rest have to argue for a basic annual cost of living raise.

Managers evaluate and rank people based on whether they like you. I saw two long timers rub their managers wrong and get railroaded out within a year.

Upper management (Director & up) say one thing then do another. Would prefer they say nothing rarher than pretend to objectivity and transparency.
Pros
Pay, benefits ok
Cons
Stress. Work life balance
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Typical pharma company with good benefits
Document Quality Manager (Current Employee) –  East Hanover, NJNovember 30, 2018
I have worked at Novartis for over 10 years. One of the most difficult things to achieve is upward mobility and promotions; it seems you have to leave the company and come back to gain any ground.

The benefits are great, no complaints. Great health coverage for a reasonable price, on-site gym, on-site restaurants, 3 great cafeterias, corporate health, massage, acupuncture, etc. Fantastic perks that make your day easier.

The culture is changing now that Vas is CEO. Hopefully we will see less bureaucracy and more flexibility.
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Great training and culture
Senior Account Executive (Former Employee) –  Green Bay, WIAugust 23, 2018
Similar to other Pharma jobs if you have a great product line and pipeline including good training and management you can do well for your self. This was my first pharma job and coming from a State Probation/Parole agent position I was so exited to learn such interesting information. I was able to meet with MDs and specialists and people who were generally very welcoming and open to engage in a professional two way conversation. The culture as Novartis was the best I had ever experienced from day one. Others who have not worked in a lower paying job with high responsibility were not able to appreciate the benefits that working for a world leader pharmaceutical company.
The training I received initially and during every product launch was the greatest challenge and enjoyment I has while with Novartis.
Pros
Unlimited self paced and company sponsored training, Company car and bonus payout for hard working reps was icing on the cake.
Cons
Frequent overnight travel (only because my kids were little)
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Misguided restructuring
Associate Global Trial Director (Current Employee) –  East Hanover, NJAugust 10, 2018
A lot of changes with very little direction. Growth has become limited and overly competitive for the wrong reasons. Culture is demotivating and upper management is clueless and living in a bubble.
Pros
Great benefits
Cons
Reorganization has left everyone feeling lost and misguided, Roles have become siloed and overly focused on a very narrow skill set, Advancement opportunities are limited
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Very structured organization focused on patient care
Manager, Executive Compensation, Mar (Former Employee) –  East Hanover, NJJuly 31, 2018
Novartis is a great company to work for. The benefits and employee perqs are one of the best. However, the culture differs in each department/business unit. A new CEO has recently been appointed and therefore, the organization is going through some restructuring and a culture change that will take a while to filter down throughout the organization.
Pros
Benefits and employee perqs
Cons
Restructuring and outsourcing of roles outside of the US
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Excellent people first atmosphere
Executive Sales Consultant (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXNovember 27, 2018
Fun and productive work place. Excellent products. Patient first approach to business. Competitive and fair bonus/salary structure. Excellent opportunities for promotion.
Pros
Outstanding awards and recognition for top performers. Strong pipeline.
Cons
inability to make changes that should be made within in a reasonable time frame.
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Great Place for Sales and Being Challenged
Senior Area Business Leader/District Manager (Former Employee) –  Raleigh, NCJune 26, 2018
Novartis offers many diverse job opportunities and fully supports their employees to succeed in their responsibilities. They coach and train continuoulsy while recognizing success. They have a team culture and work to succeed together.

There are many divisions and many different opportunities for advancement.
Pros
Large stable corporation, great opportunities, great financial and career benefits
Cons
possible heavy work life balance, job requires full focus
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Fast Paced and Productive
Pharmaceutical Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Wilson, NCDecember 12, 2018
Great job. Great Benefits competitive job advancement. Teamwork, Safety, and Quality come first. Great pay and annual Raises. Long ours and weekends occasionally
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Long Hours
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Challenging but meaningful work, with a lot of change
Business Information Manager (Former Employee) –  Cambridge, MAAugust 23, 2018
Novartis has a great mission - to provide essential medications to the world (in short.) I enjoyed working for them, however, they have been and continue to go through organizational changes across the board, which has been a source of confusion and stress for years. Novartis has the opportunities for advancement and challenge, but if you are willing to potentially relocate and deal with the constant change. The managers support their employees, and provide opportunities for training and advancement if you drive your own career.
Pros
Challenging work; great employee support by management
Cons
Constant organziational changes
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Stable, research focused company
PM (Current Employee) –  Cambridge, MASeptember 27, 2018
Novartis is big. Each department has its own culture that is dictated by how(or who) that department is led. Your satisfaction will be dictated by your understanding of the group culture and its leaders before joining the group. Ask about topics that is most meaningful to your expectation of a work environment and judge by how the answer is given to you. If it's not a direct answer, then that means it will not be easy for you to get that particular benefit that you seek.
Pros
stable job security, great science
Cons
not very transparent, silos, hard for cross learning.
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Large, complex company
Associate Director, Strategy and Operations (Current Employee) –  East Hanover, NJOctober 17, 2018
Large, complicated company currently facing numerous patent expirations. Great benefits and strong, competitive salary and bonus structure. Tough for women to advance beyond middle management.
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A disaster in brewing, a.k.a Titanic.
Business Info Security Expert (BISE)/IGM Manager (Current Employee) –  East Hanover, NJAugust 5, 2018
The company had very good culture, but the middle management changes over the last 3 years had put company in a downward spiral. There is no or very limited opportunity for growth in U.S and majority of the developed European countries. The middle management is incompetent and narrowly focused on cost cutting, and pleasing board members and stockholders without realizing its ill effects. Majority of job opportunities are in India or South East Asia. Many talented employees have either left, in the process of leaving company or being let go.
In my opinion this company is going to be in big trouble in near future and will be struggling to survive in its current form within next five years.
Pros
Lots of growth opportunities in third world/under developed countries
Cons
Incompetent middle management, zero value for talent
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Global company with mixed culture
Asc. Director (Current Employee) –  East Hanover, NJOctober 3, 2018
Descent company. Once a stable company with competitive compensation and benefits. Currently going through downsizing. Limited advancement opportunities.
Pros
Good reputation
Cons
No advancement, downsizing year after year.
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Great Place to Work
Regional Category Manager (Current Employee) –  East Hanover, NJNovember 28, 2018
Benefits are great, flexible working conditions, spirited Management, great CEO. Encourges training and employee development, career advancement opportunities, strong diversity.
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Awesome Perk
Strategy & Business Operations Analyst (Current Employee) –  East Hanover, NJDecember 6, 2018
Relatively high salary and awesome perks compared to peer companies. Perfect work life balance culture at Headquarter campus, people tend to work from home on Friday
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Morris Plains
Cell processing specialist (Former Employee) –  Morris Plains, NJSeptember 28, 2018
Great place to work if you're looking for job security. Long hours, stressful work. Hard work is not rewarded. Spend 40 years and retire or move to a small/mid size company
Pros
Nice people
Cons
Poor management
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Diversity and inclusiveness
Head of Commercial Operations, SSA (Former Employee) –  LagosJuly 2, 2018
My work experience at Novartis was great especially with the people I had to work with. They made my stay enjoyable. Everyday was hectic considering the fact that it was a time when the company was driving a growth agenda. New hire, new teams and teams structure, deployment of new applications, geographical and product realignment etc. Management needs to take a second look at its understanding of SSA and its future plans driving growth in the region. Also, people development and retention is poor. As regards work culture, it was poor. Hardest part of my experience was fitting in without onboarding, and training. I will expect a reputable organization like that to have a hand holding program for senior roles. Diversity, multi culture and inclusiveness were some of things I enjoyed most.
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An incredible place to work, lots of challenges as well as benefits and professional growth
Regional Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Northen MexicoMarch 17, 2018
Novartis with it structured approach, defined processes, ongoing review, product innovation, high expectations, continuous training and development, opened an new world for me as it was my first exposure to a mature global scientific and pharmaceutical organization.
With management support, I was able to confront many challenges and grow into a position in No, 1 Medical Sale Representative nationally and promoted in less than a year to Regional Sales Manager, position in which i was No. 1 producer nationally.
The formal training enable me to master the breadth of product line.
The training provided, enable me to understand a broad array of disease states across multiple subspecialties and the efficacy of various drugs in treating them.
Pros
Training, management support culture, professional growth, benefits
Cons
Long hours of work, travel and continious education/certifications
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Good place to work if you are an employee
Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  East Hanover, NJNovember 29, 2018
I was here as a contractor so all the benefits didn't apply to me. However, it was a good work environment with good pay. It was more about learning how things operate in the world of Novartis rather than learning new applicable skills for other jobs.
Pros
Pay, work environement
Cons
job security
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