Novartis is a multinational pharmaceutical company based out of Basel, Switzerland. In 2018, the company saw its highest number of full-time employees in history with over 125,000 employees. In 2021, the company reported about 104 thousand full-time employees.
Novartis’ company profile
As of 2021, Novartis had two company divisions: Innovative Medicines and Sandoz. Oncology is the most important therapeutic area generating almost 37 percent of the company’s pharmaceuticals revenue. Sandoz is the company’s generics and biosimilars pharmaceutical division with a global focus. Until April 2019, Alcon was Novartis' division specialized in eye care, but then became an own company. While the number of employees at Novartis has fluctuated, the number of patients the company reaches every year has been on the decline. As well as a decrease in the number of patients reached, the company has also decreased their advertising spending in recent years.
Novartis’ global positioning
Novartis is ranked among the top pharmaceutical companies globally. Recently the company was ranked second based on their market capitalization. Other top companies included Johnson & Johnson and Roche. The company was also ranked third, after Pfizer and Roche, based on their prescription sales in recent years. Based on research and development spending as a share of revenue, Novartis was ranked among top pharmaceutical companies.
Total number of Novartis AG's full-time employees from 2009 to 2021*
* Own employees in continuing operations.
** With the 2015 Annual Report, figures back to 2011 were restated, as a result of a series of transactions during 2015.
*** During 2019, eye care division Alcon was spun off and became an own company. Thus, Alcon's employees are not included from 2019 onwards.
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Novartis. (February 2, 2022). Total number of Novartis AG's full-time employees from 2009 to 2021* [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved November 30, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/505851/number-of-full-time-employees-at-novartis-by-division/
Novartis. "Total number of Novartis AG's full-time employees from 2009 to 2021*." Chart. February 2, 2022. Statista. Accessed November 30, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/505851/number-of-full-time-employees-at-novartis-by-division/
Novartis. (2022). Total number of Novartis AG's full-time employees from 2009 to 2021*. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: November 30, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/505851/number-of-full-time-employees-at-novartis-by-division/
Novartis. "Total Number of Novartis Ag's Full-time Employees from 2009 to 2021*." Statista, Statista Inc., 2 Feb 2022, https://www.statista.com/statistics/505851/number-of-full-time-employees-at-novartis-by-division/
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