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Pfizer Reviews in Connecticut

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.1 68 reviews

47% Approve of the CEO

Pfizer President & CEO Ian Read

Ian Read

(24 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Well-paid to be part of the machine

    Associate Director of Finance (Former Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsNot a lot of hours, not a lot work-responsibility stress. People claimed they worked long hours, but the parking lot seemed pretty empty at 8am and at 6pm.

    ConsStress about whether you were going to have a job through the endless rounds of layoffs. It was unclear what exactly got someone promoted. In a big, functionally-oriented company, it was hard to see how your contribution really made a difference. With the rapid growth in the 1990s, the mergers, and the endless rounds of downsizing, there is absolutely no authentic culture left. Just a bunch of folks who are passing through.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeriously, stop buying other companies. Trying running the company well. But I guess it is easier to merge with another huge company, fire a bunch of people, and pretend that you have wrung cost savings out of the business. Doing less with less people is not "cost savings."

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Experience with good research and great colleagues damaged by frequent restructuring, changing priorities and M&A .

    Senior Scientist (Former Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsI was a scientist at the bench who found lots of challenge, personally fulfilling research and excellent resources (equipment budget, reagents) for work. My immediate colleagues were great co-workers with a sense of team.

    ConsDeveloping a product that requires several years to market is impossible with when reprioritizing, restructuring and site closures occur every six months. There was churn in the personnel in upper management and there was lack of clarity of research goals in middle management. There was little opportunity for career growth for scientists within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick a strategy and leadership team. Then stick with it for several years. Otherwise it's impossible to tell what the 'results' of the strategy are. If workers report that their management is erratic or ineffective, listen those comments and take action.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Well paid, but a part in a machine

    Associate Director (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsWorking at Pfizer was not stressful, reasonable hours, not a lot of pressure to accomplish something every single day

    ConsBecause there wasn't a lot of pressure, if you wanted to actually move fast and accomplish something, it was hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTypical big corporation where someone who happened to be in the right place at the right time would get promoted. But not necessarily because they were particularly good at their job. This hinders the respect they have from subordinates and limits the subordinates development.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great learning experience

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Hartford, CT

    ProsWorked with highly experienced award winning sales rep that mentor you.

    ConsJob security is lacking in this industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There's a leaner infrastructure each year

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsImportant products in the pipeline, novel therapeutics, smart people

    ConsPoor communication, silos of workers. Due to changes in business plans there are a lot of stops and starts on projects. Makes it a challenge to plan.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate information that people need to do their jobs, especially in communication between different geographical locations. That would minimize re-inventing the wheel.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tough environment currently

    Associate Director (Current Employee) New London, CT

    ProsGreat experience in the past. Good salaries and benefits. Plenty of ability to learn. Ask and you shall receive as long as it is not upwards.

    Constoo much change is choking everyone. Bureaucracy is killing innovation. its easier to get $1m for a project than it is to get $1k. Still are not used to real world budgets and still think bigger is better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSplit the company and free the managers to make choices. Everyone is running scared and not willing to take chances.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I left a stable job with good pay only to be laid off from this job a year later.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New London, CT

    ProsIt was nice to be able to connect with people across several industries. In my position, I wasn't required to work every weekend.

    ConsUnstable work environment. Most people within the company, (at most locations,) know that they are in constant danger of being laid off. I was asked to leave a stable job to work at Pfizer, so I made a point to ask during the interview stage if my position was secure. I was told it was, though I found out 2 weeks after starting that it wasn't, then was laid off a year later.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ability grow, but has become more and more challenging

    Associate Director (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsAbility to obtain great experience across many facets of work.

    ConsBudget constraints has made getting things done difficult

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't cater to investors, you still need to develop drugs

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    The biggest and most lucrative employee in the Groton, CT area.

    Administrative Lead (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsYou get to work with some pretty smart folks from a variety of backgrounds. Being one of the larger employers in the area, you're not necessarily confined to a small group of folks around the water cooler and in some areas drama is at a minimum.

    ConsIt used to be a place where one could work their way up the ladder. That is not the case anymore. Most movement is lateral at best. As a large employer, you're a number. If you can live with that, you'll do well here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop focusing on being number one and start focusing at being good at research again.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Program Data Manager (Former Employee) New London, CT

    ProsAbility to work from home and travel is still supported. There is cohesion among treatment programs as this is necessary to keep the program consistent.

    ConsVery unorganized, unsupportive, stressful. Processes, documentation, standards, templates, etc. constantly change and you're required to continually go back and review the same documentation over and over instead of going forward from the time of the change. Most studies are long-term and you are responsible to address documents from colleagues who preceded you on the study, many of whom no longer work there. This happens every couple weeks. VERY stressful, demanding, and time-consuming.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook more closely at individual workloads and work / life balance for sake of employee health, productivity and quality. Also, leave processes, etc in place for more than 5 minutes as constantly reinventing the wheel is an unproductive waste of time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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