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Used to be decent!
Process Operator (Former Employee) –  Grimsby, Lincolnshire28 September 2019
Not the company or job it used to be. Poor and weak management at all levels creates a culture where associates are able to do as little as possible with no repercussions. People in positions they shouldn't be in.Used to be a decent job 3+ years ago.
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4.0
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Flexible Work/Life Balance
Marketing Franchise Assistant (Current Employee) –  Frimley, Surrey2 September 2019
I have enjoyed the last 2 years working here.
The team I work with are great, I can’t say anything negative about it, great manager too.
The first 18 months were horrible with terrible management and it made me ill. I’m now about to leave due to the office relocating to London and I’m sad to go.
Pros
New flexible working for everyone, benefits, people, parking
Cons
Moving to London
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Excellent employer and place to work
CIO UK & Operations Head EMEA (Former Employee) –  Liverpool12 August 2019
Thoroughly enjoyed 15 years at Novartis.
Good management/Leadership development
A positive work environment.
Good strategic direction if not a bit slow, learns from mistakes.
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Interesting role
PA to Head of Pharma Operations and Head of Crop (Former Employee) –  Grimsby24 May 2019
My role was varied as I worked for 2 Heads of Department. I did all admin work and sat in on meetings to take notes.

I covered reception and switchboard when required (large switchboard with 20 lines) greeted clients etc.
Pros
free lunch
Cons
part time
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4.0
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good environment to work in
Process Operator (Current Employee) –  Grimsby, Lincolnshire15 May 2019
Good company to work for, but unfortunately closing down at the end of next year. Novartis has a good pension scheme and a very attractive share scheme available.
Pros
no pressure environment
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Rigid corporate environment that is trying to change
Brand Manager (Former Employee) –  UK17 March 2019
Decent work life balance. Very hierarchical management with older managers being very traditional and set in their ways. The company is trying to become more agile and innovative.
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Good company
Production Technician (Current Employee) –  Grimsby, Lincolnshire9 March 2019
Good company competetive salary clean place to work.
Shift technician role enables a balanced life style between work and time off.
Will be a big loss for the area
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A challenging and demanding place to work
Scientific Associate (Former Employee) –  Horsham15 February 2019
You'll work with some extremely talented people and use some of the best equipment has to offer in well maintained modern laboratories but it's a very results driven environment.
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Great place to work
Mechanical Technician (Current Employee) –  Grimsby, Lincolnshire30 September 2018
I enjoy working at Novartis, the management are helpful and flexible. The workplace is clean and work colleagues are helpful.
Novartis has always been keen to ensure the associates are trained correctly and always up to date.
Pros
Pay and incentives
Cons
shortage of staff sometimes
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Office Run on Fear
CSA (Former Employee) –  Frimley14 September 2018
Worst decision of my life to work for Novartis! Bad atmosphere, bad environment with employees warned daily they are 'being watched every minute of day..' My floor worked in total silence and employees all seemed to be like 'frightened rabbits'. Line Manager seemed totally unaware of impact of this on productivity.
Pros
Good training
Cons
Bad Management
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Soul Crushing
Bioassay Analyst (Former Employee) –  Liverpool, Merseyside8 July 2018
I worked for the company for 5 years and was made redundant with no compensation.
Offer very little training for employees and essentially exploit graduates.
Be very wary of this company.
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Good progressive culture with freindly, supportive people
Fellow Technical Development Department (Current Employee) –  Sittingbourne27 June 2018
Novartis is a large business with a culture of supporting staff in their work, with good Health and safety focus and provision of many good benefit and recognition schemes.
Pros
Many benefit schemes
Cons
Smaller sites can seem a bit isolated
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The environment was very warm and welcome
Room Attendant and Housekeeper (Former Employee) –  London19 March 2018
Staff treated everyone respectfully and equally. The overall experience working with Novartis foundation was very good because it was I believe that I was very helpful
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Very productive on a daily basis
Medical Information and Engagement Administrator (Former Employee) –  Frimley, Surrey19 February 2018
Workplace culture is very good. The training is very good. I would say it is one of the best places I have worked. If there was a chance to come back as an permanent employee I would definitely consider it.
Pros
Lovely environment, lovely people
Cons
No permanent positions available
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An excellent company with a good work/life ethos
Microbiologist (Former Employee) –  Liverpool, Merseyside15 February 2018
An excellent organisation that prides itself on providing for its staff.
It provides a good working environment with a decent salary.
Not great at identifying/retaining talent within the organisation.
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5.0
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Lovely, smart people
Patient Relations Manager - Haematology (Current Employee) –  Camberley2 February 2018
It is a pleasure working with people who are committed to doing the right thing for patients, who enjoy doing what they do and who support each other.
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Good conditions and benefits
Senior Scientist (Former Employee) –  Sittingbourne, Kent31 January 2018
Very corporate, but do look after their staff and offer the benefits you would expect from a large Pharma. Smaller sites tend to feel isolated from the rest of the company.
Pros
Good benefits and work life balance
Cons
Terrible at paying bills.
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Great if you are an Employee but as a contractor not so much
Service Delivery Expert - Onsite Services (Former Employee) –  Frimley, Surrey22 January 2018
Great if you are an Employee but as a contractor not so much. Novartis has a high dependency on contractors but unless you work out of the main offices in Basel you are pretty much separated from the rest of the work force in everything. Its a shame as the contractors are some of the most hard working people there
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4.0
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Lovely place to work
Medicinal Chemist (Industrial Trainee) (Former Employee) –  Horsham18 January 2018
It was a very nice place to work. The people were very professional and friendly. The work was interesting. Benefits included subsidised lunch and social club.
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production
Process Technician (Former Employee) –  Liverpool, Merseyside16 January 2018
Good place to work, but unfortunately if you work agency its really hard to get a full time job. However they give you incentives such as first to market celebrations and have good well being schemes.
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