Culture at GlaxoSmithKline

Please describe your company's culture both in the office and after hours. Let us know about the structure and hierarchy, cooperation and teamwork, and socialising amongst colleagues.

High work life balance, great connections and authenticity amongst people. Very flat structure with lots of working within the matrix, and by need high levels of cooperation and teamwork. Great 'people' leaders across the organisation. Can sometimes be process driven and inflexible or lacking innovation.
Graduate, Graduate
After work socialising is very strong, especially amongst all of the other interns. Because the company has a large intern program there are plenty of people to meet and be friends with. Within the office it is a very professional corporate environment, with a friendly laid back feel to it.
Intern, Melbourne
A social and friendly environment, with great communication both between and within teams.
Graduate, Melbourne
GSK's culture is very much like a close knit family. Everyone is expected to work hard and go beyond expectations to deliver results however there are a lot of rewards such as social activities as well. The environment in the office is very supportive and you can always approach others for help.
Intern, Melbourne
Although the people work very hard, the culture is still quite relaxed. The structure and hierarchy is quite complex but everyone is open to listening to another person's ideas. Cooperation and teamwork is great. There isn't as much socialising after hours, occasionally there are work drinks/catering.
Intern, Abbotsford
Structure is great, everyone is treated at an equal level and there is no obvious hierarchy. This adds to the amazing culture in which too is very positive all the time and employees are all very friendly. My team worked extremely well with one another and were able to get a long in a social sense too. It Is not a strict workplace, getting up and about and talking to others is encouraged which is great.
Intern, Melbourne
In hours the office is a hot desk office so people move around in different places talking to different colleagues. Each team has a manager however they are very approachable. Teamwork is heavily encouraged in teams as well as amongst teams.
Graduate, Melbourne
It is open environment where everyone is encouraged to work together. There could be more cross-functional projects. Many opportunities for socialising amongst colleagues.
Midlevel, Melbourne
The company has a relatively flat hierarchy where all employees� ideas for improvement are encouraged and respected. GSK has a highly cooperative, teamwork focused culture. There are regular social events held throughout the year.
Graduate, Auckland
Changed while I was there for the worst and is changing back again. Moving towards open, friendly, supportive and with very little hierarchy
Intern, Sydney
Non-existent hierarchy with an ability to socialise and network on a daily basis.
Entry level, Sydney
Great corporate culture, very flat hierarchy, work well as a team, able to socialise in and outside of work, no power distance
Graduate, Melbourne
Everyone has always been kind and accepting of others. There is no clique-y culture wherein everyone joins in their own social groups of their own choosing and then snub all others who wish to join in.
Intern, Sydney
Good company culture, people can both work hard to deliver results and relax at lunch or after work with each other. Overall people are welcoming and willing to work collaboratively to meet deadline and achieve goals.
Graduate, Melbourne
People focused culture where there are company-hosted events to de-stress colleagues Socialising is encouraged and is helped by the open office plan, during office hours. Some teams frequently have lunch together, with break out areas and kitchen facilities, socialising is facilitated. Many roles require collaboration with other departments so teamwork occurs often and allows for branching out of one�s department.
Intern, Melbourne
Culture is very site and team dependent. As a manufacturing site, the day-to-day pressures can be high and breed a culture of selfishness and negativity. In my particular team, the culture is rather positive. This is probably an artefact of the middle management style.
Graduate, Singapore
GSK's culture is fantastic! Everyone is always quite friendly and hardworking and are always happy to help. The office has an open-spaced layout, which is very welcoming and allows you to have a quick chat to your co-workers from time to time. Interns have the opportunity to work alongside directors, present in front of meetings / executive board and everyone is so encouraging!!!
Intern, Melbourne
It is very open and friendly work culture and everyone is approachable and willing to help out with any problems. The more senior members are also very approachable and easy to speak to and get mentored by. The social side of our team is great with a pretty new and young team.
Graduate, Ermington