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Reviews by GlaxoSmithKline graduate employees
- starstarstarstarstar4.2GradAustralia surveyed 27 graduates working at GlaxoSmithKline. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 27 responses.
- It is truly values-based and therefore draws people who have a genuine desire to improve people's health and lives.
- The support that I have received right from the start. And the opportunities that I have presented to me.
- The people you work with and the relationships you have the opportunity to develop
- Lovely culture and people. Everyone is supportive and encouraging. The work can be quite challenging which aids with development.
- at the end of the day I go home knowing we made a positive impact on people's lives
- You need to be quite persistent in order to gain exposure to other areas of the business outside your department.
- The matrix is quite large, so it can be difficult to know who to consult with. Some processes seem overly complicated.
- Out-dated IT systems ensure some administrative activities are time consuming.
- Large number of meetings to work around.
- Some parts of the role was very administrative and was tedious but necessary at times.
What insiders say about…
Each day is different, manage my own time, have had the opportunity to take on new responsibilities throughout my time and haven't been confined to one role.
It is open environment where everyone is encouraged to work together. There could be more cross-functional projects. Many opportunities for socialising amongst colleagues.
There was a quick phone screening. The assessment day was composed of three parts: a 5 minute presentation, group assessment and individual interviews.
Generic questions such as 'tell us about yourself', 'why do you want to work here', strengths/weaknesses. Then situational questions which needed to be answered in a STAR format.
For the 5 minute speech, pick a topic that you're passionate about. Don't be afraid to speak up during the group assessment. Practice answering questions in the STAR format. You are being assessed for the entire day, not just during the actual assessment period.
There are times when I feel motivated to work harder and deliver above what would be expected. Ultimately I don't feel pressure to go beyond though at all. They take a pragmatically flexible approach and will always look to work towards a mutual win.
As a graduate I have received a competitive salary.
For our social events I have fortunate to attend fine-dining restaurants, Gold Class Movies as well as inspiring company conferences.
Extremely accessible. They want to sit down with you and chat through things. Graduates are also assigned a mentor who work with and support them through the whole program
Demonstrate a willingness to think a little more creatively when engaging external suppliers for development programmes. The best being an executive coach for a personal branding programme that lasted some time.
They promote diversity and the ability to try various different areas of expertise. Many people internally have worked in remarkably different disciplines in relatively short periods. At the higher end there is a bottleneck locally and we often see mid to high level talent forced to leave, or look international.
Was a previous focus in terms of providing internships to indigenous and lower socio-economic applicants but has waned with time.
Contribute to global health initiatives and campaigns for example with malaria. Strong partnership raising money for Save the Children.
At my time at GSK, there was plenty of office space and lots of natural sunlight with great views of the city. The office feels very welcoming, with couch seats, bean bags, and with clean and modern bathrooms and kitchens being easily accessible. In addition, there are also standing desks which are a bonus and hot desks - so you are able to mix it up a bit from time to time. GSK have also started placing potted plants around the workplace, so you feel like you are one with nature. The dress code is semi-formal, but we have casual Fridays!
There are reminders in the workplace to reducing the amount of paper we print, which is tracked every few months. In addition, there are plenty of recycling bins around.Join us to bookmark!
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