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Pros
  • Benefits,Growth opportunities, diversity, supports work life balance, employee gym (in 61 reviews)

  • They offer good pay and benefits (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is sometimes compromised because of the workload of activities (in 27 reviews)

  • Dynamic industry does not lend to job security (in 31 reviews)

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    Pfizer creates politicians not medicines

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and allow scientists to make decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A decade of constant turmoil and strife

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible job security, layoffs constantly.

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Groton, CT

    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 ManagementAdvice

    They will not care about my advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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