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Good Pay to compensate for
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Charlottetown, PEJune 30, 2014
Pros: excellent pay and benefits
Cons: long hours, no training, little support.
- Typical work week was 60+ hours with no paid overtime.
- Training for new staff non-existent, often directed to "find the written process online"
- Staff is unwelcoming to new employees.
- All staff events centered on alcohol related activities.
- Unrealistic expectations from Management - ie called in when sick, or on vacation because of short staffing – more... and no cross training.
- Overall atmosphere of unease and anxiety caused by poor management of people and resources.
- HR and Management (with the exception of HSE team) dismissive about staff concerns when they were identified. (ie - staff were placed on probation or dismissed if they raised concerns about work/life balance or questionable processes) – less
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Finance (Current Employee), MississauagaApril 9, 2014
Would not recommend to others. The company works people to the bone in order to boost share price.
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Waaay too much politics
Labeling Regulatory Associate Manager (Current Employee), Mississauga, ONOctober 3, 2013
Much too much politics, causes a toxic and non-productive environment. They're small and they could be great with the right people, but I don't see it happening.
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Regulatory Affairs Manager (Current Employee), Mississauga, OntarioAugust 5, 2013
Pros: excellent local and international teams to work with.
Cons: long hours of commuting to work daily
A typical work day is full of fun with early morning teleconferences with colleagues in Europe (6 hrs behind Europe). This is followed by departmental, projects and products meetings. As part of the management team, strategic planning sessions would commence after the meetings. Regulatory Agencies' meetings to discuss ongoing submissions would follow.
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It has a good culture but the management was not supportive and it did not offer chances for advancement
Quality Assurance Associate (Former Employee), MississaugaJune 27, 2013
It has a good culture but the management was not supportive and they did not offer chances for advancement
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Good job to get more work experience
Territory Sales Representative (Contract) (Former Employee), ONApril 13, 2013
Pros: good clients
Cons: nothing to add
Day to day selling to small animal medicine.
Was able to speak with top leading parisitologists in North America.
Had a great experience working with Novartis' Professional Service Veterinarians, great support and knowledge of not only the medicine but also the industry.
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Great company with work life balance
Associate Brand Manager -Strategic Operations (Former Employee), MontrĂ©al, QCNovember 13, 2012
Novartis is a very good company to work in as it offers work life balance. It offers unique career opportunities and corporate culture.
The employees are very friendly and approachable and everyone supports you in your day to day activities.
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Always downsizing
Sales portfolio (Former Employee), dorvalApril 19, 2012
poor succession and growth opportunity, little or now product pipelinie
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Great Place to work great people enviroment
Gerente CRM (Current Employee), CaracasAugust 25, 2014
In countries like Venezuela a typical day at work brings a lot of excitment, hard work, contingencies that make every day is different. We have to manage every day a bit diferent than the day before and adjust to daily changes.

Novartis has develop a strong culture to adapt to changes and make it fun to work.
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Performance based organization
Psychiatry Account Management - West Region Lead (Former Employee), East Hanover, NJAugust 25, 2014
Pros: developement opportunities for top performers
Cons: job security is tenuous
You will succeed at Novartis by being a Top Performer.
Performance is the driver in this organization that is very controlled by the Swiss.
It is an impersonal organization from a senior leadership level, but at local management the culture is supportive.
This company is going through a lot of change and reorganization and is more about the Share price – more... than their people. – less
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Great company
Senior Oncology Sales Specialist (Former Employee), Raleigh, NCAugust 23, 2014
Innovative Oncology company. It is a great company with a really good work environment.
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To acquire a significant amount of knowledge
HR Assistant and Comp&Benefits Analyst (Former Employee), guatemala city, Central AmericaAugust 18, 2014
Pros: salary and benefits
Cons: no management support nor guidance
Account reconciliation, supporting management, staff file management, staff bonuses management.

To take important decisions without support, high confidentiality of provided services to internal and external customers.

Poor support and guidance from management

Good Team work

Implementation of projects without guidance

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Demanding culture and variety of products
Senior Neuroscience Specialist (Former Employee), Miami, FLAugust 17, 2014
Pros: great benefits and commission
Cons: constant change with new products
The variety of products made this position quite demanding but it was worth every hour put into the work. Well compensated and progressive management
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Good working environment
QC Analyst - Microbiology Laboratory (Former Employee), Lincoln, NEAugust 17, 2014
It is a good company to work, There is a work/life balance and very good benefits. It is still in a process of remediation and there is still some stress about this.
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Amazing company to work for with great products
Executive Sales Consultant (Former Employee), Joliet, ILAugust 14, 2014
Pros: great overall benefits and management structure for sales is perfect
Cons: bonus plans were capped
I launched and sold several products for hypertension over the course of 13 years and also had the opportunity to represent some specialty brands for Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Osteoporosis Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diabetes
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nice workplace environment
MS&T representative (Current Employee), PRAugust 14, 2014
Nice

Good Place to grow

Great coworkers

need more organization
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Collaborative
Associate Scientist (Current Employee), Vacaville, CAAugust 8, 2014
Pros: bonus points to be redeemed
Cons: contractors dont get any benefits
The people are great, the company is very organized, efficient, and is a fun place to work. You are rewarded for you accomplishements.
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Great experience and the busy environment was a plus.
Executive Assistant to Consumer Health Division (Former Employee), Parsippany, NJAugust 7, 2014
I worked as a contractor for Novartis for a period of 6 months and met many professional individuals who demonstrated positive attitudes and work ethics. The hardest part of the job for me was when my contract ended and the position fazed out.
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Great Job
QA Compliance Manager (Current Employee), Vacaville, CAAugust 6, 2014
Pros: all that i've learned, support of my management, amazing colleagues, commute
Cons: the company didn't appear to care much about the employees, only about gaining profit
I feel like what I do benefits the company and the lives of those that use the drug substance that's manufactured here.
I've gained a wealth of industry knowledge.
My direct manager has always had my best interest at heart.
My co-workers are phenomenal people and colleagues
The hardest part of the job is not being able to trust the company
The work/life – more... balance is most enjoyable for me. – less
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Large Pharmaceutical company
Executive Sales Consultant (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TXAugust 5, 2014
Cons: layoffs were frequent
I enjoyed working at Novartis. I did enjoy the tools and resources I had at my disposal.

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About Novartis

Novartis AG, incorporated on February 29, 1996, is a Switzerland-based holding that, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the – Read more