People and Culture

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Building an Inspired, Curious, Unbossed culture

We must fundamentally reimagine the way we work and create a culture that brings out the best in our people to fulfil our purpose of reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We believe we can drive innovation, performance and reputation, and enhance our people's work experience by transforming our culture to be more Inspired, Curious and Unbossed.


Our purpose answers the desire many people have for meaning and fulfillment in their work, so we want to make sure our people see the huge contribution that their work makes, to empower them to be their best selves every day and achieve their personal and professional goals.

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We believe curiosity fuels discovery. To develop innovative medicines and breakthrough healthcare solutions, we need curious minds with a constant desire to learn and a passion to discover new and better ways of doing things.

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Our people are most creative and productive when they are empowered to shape their work environment and pursue their ideas. We are focusing on encouraging leaders to remove obstacles and to empower their teams to reach their full potential. We are also equipping them with tools to be more self-aware and to set clear goals.

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Our people are our greatest asset

It is our people who will challenge medical paradigms and deliver transformative innovation; our people who will rethink how we work and embed operational excellence across every aspect of the value chain; our people who will spark a digital revolution and make it possible to go big on data and digital, and our people who will operate with the values and integrity that will build trust with society.

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Highlights from 2019
  • 799M

    Patients reached with Novartis medicines

  • 72B


  • $9.4B

    Investment in research and development

  • 108 775

    Own operations

Our Values

Our Values & Behaviors provide the foundation for how we do things at Novartis. Reflecting our culture aspiration, they are the principles to which we hold ourselves, and a framework for how we want our people to show up.


  • To be innovative

    Bold – willing to experiment – keeping an external focus as well as internal dedication.

  • To perform to the best of your abilities

    With smart risk-taking – willingness to step out of your comfort zone – embrace challenge and new opportunities – keeping things simple.

  • To collaborate

    Be open-minded to diverse ideas and viewpoints – confident in asking for feedback – putting team before personal success.

  • To have integrity

    Caring about patients and customers – with accountability for high ethics, quality, and commitment – being humble and compassionate.

  • To be courageous

    Willing to challenge the status quo – stand up for what is right – dare to be great, not necessarily perfect.

  • To deliver quality

    Focusing on what matters – learning from failure – continuously improving.

Our people are encouraged to live values and behaviors that underpin our culture and enable us to deliver on our purpose to reimagine medicine to improve and extend patients’ lives.

Parental Leave

14 weeks minimum paid parental leave, countless precious moments.  Find out more about our Global Equal Parental Leave Policy for all Novartis parents.

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