Pfizer Reviews

Updated February 4, 2015
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Pfizer President & CEO Ian Read
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Pros
  • Generally work/life balance is good (in 72 reviews)

  • They offer good pay and benefits (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging (in 34 reviews)

  • Also job security it not what it used to be (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Don't Get Owned by the OWN IT culture

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - R&D in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, ability to work from home. Organization changes often. If you don't like you're job, it will eventually change.

    Cons

    No work life/balance - project managers openly state that working nights and weekends are built in to project timeline assumptions. R&D organization changes so often that no one really knows the expectations of their own role or the roles of others on their team. This results in a lack of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a single org structure long enough to work out all of the kinks before moving on to something new. Abandon your current outsourcing strategy. It is not working. Remove the words "Work/Life Balance" from your recruiting and benefits literature. It is a lie.


  2. Pfizer creates politicians not medicines

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, nothing else, nothing else, nothing else (had to enter 5 pros)

    Cons

    Political atmosphere, unbearable bureaucracy, best talent continues to leave, ready-fire-aim business strategy, decisions based on leaders personal interests and never around making best science decisions or even decisions in best benefit of company

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and allow scientists to make decisions.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A decade of constant turmoil and strife

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Scientist in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits, at least as of now (although benefits and compensation are being curtailed). Some talented co-workers and top notch scientists but most of the top talent is leaving because of recent changes.

    Cons

    No clear direction from Sr. Management. A chaotic environment where urgent projects are cancelled without notice, sites are closed and colleagues relocated yearly, years of work are discarded and each wave of re-organization lowers morale further. Positions are often created, filled and then eliminated within a 6-10 month time frame. Pfizer has a long history of hiring people into sites that close within a week of their start date. The leadership has proven time and again to be completely untrustworthy. Whatever they say, believe the opposite. Beware working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Read Demming's book "Out of the Crisis" and understand that the current state of Pfizer has little to do with the scientists within R&D and everything to do with the management of R&D. Despite their culpability, the actual management is essentially intact (in fact I'd wager that R&D has move VPs than ever) and cost cutting has been achieved by eliminating the scientists the create value for the organization and its intellectual property. I know of no VP that has created any new value, they only evaluate the value generated by someone else. There is now a mismatch; those who manage value (evaluate it) now outnumber those who create value. It's akin to a factory that has more inspectors than line workers and machinery. Only a few number of products come off the assembly line, but those that do are scrutinized by an army of inspectors who are compensated and rewarded for finding faults. When the business owners complain about the lack of productivity, the inspectors eliminate more line workers and machinery making the problem worse. As such, initiatives like ESI are likely doomed to failure.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Terrible job security, layoffs constantly.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OK pay Good paper towels Freedom to work at your own pace Now I'm just typing to satisfy the 20 word minimum Pfizer GROTON is bad. Pfizer anywhere else may be ok

    Cons

    Not sure how long you'll be there. Pretty much month to month Everyone is scared for their jobs Somber atmosphere Everyone is looking for jobs elsewhere Hard work doesnt get noticed by management If they're gonna lay you off, they will. It doesn't matter how hard you work

    Advice to Management

    They are given the word that they must cut costs because Pfizer is in serious financial trouble. So one puppet thumps his chest and looks to lay people off below him. But soon enough, the whole campus will be closed. Its just a matter of time, nothing can change it.


  6. Business Technology

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is excellent. Benefits are better than my previous companies.

    Cons

    You are expected to work and be available at all times. No work-life balance. Every project is an emergency - no one plans ahead. People are very disrespectful to others. If you do not respond to email within a few minutes, they escalate to upper management. You are expected to be communicating in IM and emails even during meetings. No one bothers to busy-search calendars; they just schedule you when convenient for them and expect you to show up. A large percentage of these meetings are scheduled same-day or the day before, but after hours.

    Advice to Management

    They will not care about my advice.


  7. Pfizer loses sight of core values - the medicines for the worlds patients.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pfizer's benefits are far and above better than most companies of this size. Included are a company match for a 401K, excellent health benefits with a paid prescription plan, both a paid maternity and paternity leave of 6 weeks, and other health, educational, and financial benefits. In addition to the benefits, the breadth of scientific knowledge is quite impressive.

    Cons

    Because of the size, politics is very pronounced especially in regards to projects, budgets, and the all important compensation. The lack of leadership has devastated this company and is eating at the core of the company, its scientists. Many excellent people have left for other companies and professions. The strive to please Wall Street and the "shareholders" has hurt the core research with management making decisions to hit numbers instead of doing good science. In addition, a total lack of communication from upper management is quickly decaying any morale and trust the employees have with the people leading our company. Compensation is a highly suspect and a year of good work can be downgraded to allow others to "fit" into a specific bucket or grade. This highly subjective method for grading an employee is demoralizing and doesn't promote consistent performance or giving the extra effort.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to focus on the research again instead of trying to continually grow this company! Our leadership has gone away from the principles of what our company stands for and needs to look beyond making money and shift their focus to the patients.



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