Pfizer
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Pfizer President & CEO Ian Read

Ian Read

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    very unsupportive environment

    Principal Scientist (Former Employee)
    Groton, CT

    Prospay, projects, cafeteria, parking, coffee bars

    Consculture, career development, people management, lack of leadership

    Advice to Senior Managementhire people managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Going Downhill Fast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Groton, CT

    Prosgood pay and good benefits

    ConsManagers only care about moving up and very few bother to communicate anything with the rank and file doing the actual work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take all of the company's problems out on Research. With no reaserch, there won't be anything to sell in 20 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Groton, CT

    ProsUnlimited resources (financial, technical, etc); knowledgeable and dedicated scientists leading labs, lab technicians/associates are highly skilled as well as hard working and eager to learn

    ConsLeadership of some therapeutic areas lack requisite scientific insight/knowledge/strategy and ability to integrate talent at level of labs; ultimately ineffective senior leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust and productivity would be enhanced by delegating responsibilities to scientific experts in field leading the labs. This would further enhance transparency of leadership and clarify strategy for those conducting research

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    If it weren't for the reorganizations, could be a nice place to work. Currently in complete chaos with low morale.

    Senior Director (Current Employee)
    New London, CT

    ProsThe development pipeline is good (should PFE choose to develop it), there are many smart, top-notch people and my experience with immediate supervisors and mid-level management has, so far, been positive. The direction towards business units makes sense.

    ConsReorganizations are painful to say the least. The company has laid off about 40,000 people since the acquisition of PHA a few years back and the people who have been laid off seem to be selected almost arbitrarily. Implementation of reorganizations seems hare-brained at best and one always wonders what leadership was thinking when they put out communications of how well things are moving along.

    Morale is at an all-time low in PGRD. I've never seen anything like it.

    I've been reorganized out of a job several times; job security and Pfizer should never be used in the same sentence. The thought of a reorg and a acquisition will make me want to stay, but only because it will be like a train wreck; you can't look away!

    New London CT is far from an academic, transportation or pharmaceutical mecca and is difficult to reach (though a very nice place with very nice people), so it's hard to recruit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe BU transition is the right way to go. Retooling research is painful, but without pipeline productivity, we have to do something different. Buy revenue stream; we need it to survive...that said, a reorg combined with a major acquisition will be the end of Pfizer unless you bolt on and pillage the acquired company quickly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pfizer is still on the decline (but the stock is a good buy!)

    Director (Current Employee)
    New London, CT

    ProsBenefits, Physical Work Environment, scattered talent

    ConsChronic short term thinking on the part of management, attempts to be truly innovative fail, lack of trust in management, too many "hold-outs" at Pfizer that simply want to stay for fear they will find nothing else - brings out a culture of "yes" people afraid to rock the boat

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace the restless fringe or they will be the people that join the competition and crush you. If you want to be more like a Biotech start acting like one - you are too big and stodgy. Invest in your employees and make them feel wanted. Morale is at an all time low - you would know that if you actually spent some time with the people that work for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Jeff, take a hike and do the right thing leave that golden umbrella behind. You haven’t earned it

    Administrative Associate (Pfizer)/Project Manager (when A Consultant) (Former Employee)
    New London, CT

    ProsI started at Pfizer in 1995 and worked as a contractor from 2001 -2008. My last five years I was lucky enough to work for Andy Lee the best leader of my career. It was a great place to work, diverse, open and supportive. During the last 5 years the best reasons for working at Pfizer are gone. The small amenities that made it a great place to work are gone and constant re-organization and corporate propaganda that conflicts with corporate actions have destroyed Pfizer. Productivity, innovation and trust between employees have ground to a halt. I've watched Hank McKinnell and now Jeff Kindler drive Pfizer into the dust.

     Jeff you’ve only made things worse. Take a hike and do the right thing leave that golden umbrella behind. You haven’t earned it

    ConsConstant reorganization, a caste system between Pfizer exempt and non-exempt colleagues and contractors, lack of job security, irresponsible leadership and a CEO, board of directors and Senior Management who only ask is this profitable, will this boost my bonus and who remain unconcerned who don't ask is it right; does it conform to some higher standards in terms of how we operate?

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop! Give back your bonus and repair the damages you've inflicted on countless people through insane practices such as reorganizing and making people reapply for their jobs, or streamline decision making by outsourcing project assistants, study managers and clinical research associates, monitors and countless other staff. How does cutting the bottom layers of an organization streamline decision making? These positions are the ones who produce result and are core to successful R&D. Get rid of the fat cats sitting in Tower C (New London). I've seen cases where 4 Pfizer managers are manning one contractor. Senior Management had 7 years of using a strategy of amputation and degradation. Shame on Pfizer and its leadership

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the place to live and work in your 20's

    Senior Associate Scientist (Former Employee)
    Groton, CT

    ProsBased on the large company size, Pfizer can offer higher salaries for similar science work. The company is also fairly flexible with time off and has good benefits for people interested in settling down in an area.

    There are out of work teams and sporting leagues, as Pfizer tries to emlpoyee a "healthy" philosophy. Funding recently has been cut for some activities.

    ConsLocation: Eastern connecticut is pretty lousy as a place to live as a young employee. Not enough goes on and social interaction takes extra effort being so far from a city. Taxes in connecticut are steep and ridiculous. No beer after 9 or sundays. I wouldt not pick to live here again.

    Management/Structure: Most reviews and the whole review process does not reward those that really deserve it, and the rate of advancement is very poor for a non-PhD employee. Most managers routinely talk about places to go in ones career, and do very little to follow that up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your younger employees, give reasons and incentives to work for the company.

    My department has a young scientist attrition rate of about 50% in 2 years and 80% or more in 5 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Have you noticed your employee's are not engaged?

    Supervisor (Former Employee)
    Groton, CT

    ProsGreat benefits and vacation/holiday time.

    ConsParalyzed with indecision. Then, when a decision is made, it makes things worse. Things have been spiraling out of control for years. Too many layers of middle management, who essentially do nothing. My boss's boss was famous for that. Working approx. 6 hours a day...or should I say present for 6 hours, but usually on personal phone calls or attempting to manage up to a better position. Even though a consulting firm recommended Pfizer NOT outsource our team, Pfizer in it's infinite wisdom decided to do just that, and this manager stood idly by...spending his days looking for a new position as the boat sank.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think Senior management could have cut their own salaries instead of cutting so many jobs. Obviously their performance means nothing when considering the continuation of their jobs. Somehow, all the talented, hard-working people managed to get laid off while inept managers took no responsibility and kept their positions. Now, as the years pass, still nothing fills the pipeline....most likely due to the fact that they laid off all the talented, hard-working people. Anyone lucky enough to survive now exists in an atmosphere of fear and distrust. Constantly waiting for the other show to drop, these people are hardly engaged. Also, the Pfizer values look good on paper, but no one really in management follows them. Of course, they expect the workers to follow them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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