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Pfizer Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
1,231 Reviews
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Pros
  • Depending on your department there may/may not be work-life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits and the chance to work with a lot of really incredible people (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is sometimes compromised because of the workload of activities (in 34 reviews)

  • The company is always reorganizing and job security is moderate (in 35 reviews)

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  1.  

    Take the good with the bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator in Groton, CT

    I worked at Pfizer (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with people who truly love the animals esp vet staff
    Compensation
    Encourage poster sessions, writing papers and being published
    Some times personal awards for excellent work or safety improvements

    Cons

    No life work balance
    Constant re-organization
    Lack of management
    Chaotic pressure filled environment
    Lack of room for growth potential

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too many reorganizations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow/Associate in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Research Fellow/Associate in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Opportunities to move to new roles as changes happens

    Cons

    Low morale and constant changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long term view

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Global Financial Services "GFS" environment with SAP ERP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    If you a talented financial person and can operate effectively in high stress environment this is for you. This is an opportunity to show that you are innovative and knowledgeable, and you will leapfrog over the many staff accountants (CPS's).
    There is opportunity to get involved on one of the many acquisitions (integration projects), divestitures or re-organization projects at Pfizer. There are many permanent and temporary assignments with the opportunity to relocate across the globe for this fortune 100 company.

    Cons

    The shared services organization is always subject to down sizing and other cost cutting measures as Pfizer continues to open "Off-Shore" Shared Services organizations (Poland, China, India, Costa Rica,..) and the "Lift and Shift" policy of resources is reinforced daily. If you are the coming into this organization just be warned that the Shared Services group does not develop their people. and do not value experienced professionals. The technology is always 5 to 10 years behind standard business practices (MS-Office, In 2014, moved off Windows XP). "GFS" Leadership frequently changes and each leader has to place their own "thumbprint" on the organization, which basically, means throwing a wrench into the works to influence talented employees to leave the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to stop search for ways to move the company to the UK (to lower taxes) and start using innovation looking at managing the business and profitability. Pfizer is not willing to ante up to help solve the health issues in the US, unless it means money in their pockets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    No continuity - revolving door

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Starting pay and benefits used to be good. Campus is in a prime location with great weather and views. Mission statement and purpose is easy to get behind and stay motivated.

    Cons

    You never feel that your job is secure no matter how good of an employee you are. Annual salary increases are de-motivating. Company decreased employees base pay and is incentivizing it back as a bonus based on corporate/personal performance. Benefits and culture is on the decline. Communication from upper management to middle management is lacking in some departments. Hard work is not valued and silver tongue schmoozers win the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and focus more on the employees rather than the next company to purchase or what employee benefit to reduce. Get in the trenches and understand workflow, workload and staffing resources to adequately take on projects without burning out staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great name to have on your resume

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great name to have on your resume
    Access to industry respected leaders
    Opportunities to try new roles at the same level
    Strong desire to be innovative

    Cons

    Too much downsizing
    Few opportunities for promotion because of the downsizing
    It is all about the bottom line

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Line management is good, upper management doesn't always know what is going on because they are too far away from the people who are doing the work

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Company in major transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, excellent location in NYC, work with talented people, opportunity to gain different skill sets, excellent R&D and science

    Cons

    work-life balance (particularly for HQ-based positions), expectation is that you are always available, politics, limited opportunity once you hit mid-career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with people in the ranks, culture needs major improvement, make it a place that people what to work in, but don't try to be a company that Pfizer is not (160+ year old company -- think conservative).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Company Atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Exposure to all levels of management while always working on challenging projects.

    Cons

    Work-life balance basically non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should stop talking about changing the culture and improving work-life balance and should do something about it. Employees work hard, long hours and still feel they aren't put in a position to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    My general experience working with Wyeth/Pfizer was very rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Officer/Accountant in Guayama, PR
    Former Employee - Financial Officer/Accountant in Guayama, PR

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    Learn new skills, gain experience, learn to work as part of a team.

    Cons

    Too many close changes in personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the time when Management make decisions regarding production, they should consult or at least ask the people that do the work directly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Politics trumps quality of work when deciding promotions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Solid health benefits, and work-life balance can be a plus too, but very dependent on your supervisor and division.

    Cons

    Unless you work in an area that sees a lot of talent turnover, expect to stay at the same pay grade for a while without many options for upward advancement. You will likely need to make several lateral moves before progressing forward. If you don't impress senior management immediately, you're better off looking elsewhere because middle-to-upper management has little say on promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down from your towers and get to know the people below you who are getting the actual work done. You may be surprised in what you discover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No Straight Talk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    compensation, Benefits, training, resources, yeah...

    Cons

    Everything management wants reps to do is for appearances. They are obsessed with certain activities and not actually letting reps sell.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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