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Pfizer Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
1,189 Reviews
3.6
1,189 Reviews
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Pfizer President & CEO Ian Read
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Review Highlights

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    30 years with Pfizer

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    Pfizer is a Fortune 50 company and industry leader with global operations and the resources to train and equip their personnel to the highest standards. In 30 years with the company, I learned an enormous amount about healthcare, disease management, business management, leadership, advocacy, communication and so much more. Their compensation and opportunities for personal and professional development were outstanding. Even though I was 'downsized' after 30 years, I cannot harbor contempt for a company that taught me so much and enriched my life tremendously.

    Cons

    Despite the many Pros of a career with Pfizer, I can only rate the organization with 3 of 5 stars because during my later years, as the company expanded greatly and acquired numerous other companies, I was increasingly surrounded with colleagues who lacked the professional standards that Pfizer taught me in my early years. Leaders at the highest level of the corporation created an atmosphere of distrust and a sense that the company was 'circling the drain'. While patent expirations, pressures from managed care, negative public opinion of the industry and gaps in scientific discovery were putting substantial pressure on the company, fewer and fewer of the leaders seemed able to provide calm guidance and honest leadership but instead, seemed to panic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Great value in working for a Fortune 100 Company, yet when the learning curve tapers, its time to leave

    • 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

    Pros

    Exposure to industry- and business-best practices that working for a company with significant resources and global stature bring

    Cons

    Being mired in local/regional politics and the fact that promotions are just as many times won over physical appearance adn drinks as through competencies and work ethic. Minority in the Midwest? Don't bother.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create outlets and meaningful opportunities for those that demonstrate a serious investment in their careers and in Pfizer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity to start your career in pharma, not so good when you grow over the starting level

    • 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

    The company offers very good work/life balance, salary, and severance package, which is important (see cons); the colleagues are knowledgeable and good overall.

    Cons

    There are very limited opportunities for the career growth. Frequent layoffs that target research positions much more than the management ones. This results in low morale. The mid-senior and the higher level management is a weak aspect of Pfizer as very few are true leaders and the rest are playing games.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make management responsible for long term outcomes of their decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good, but lot of Redtape

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Lots of opportunities to learn new things.

    Cons

    Depending on the department Work Life /balance is gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR really needs to look at years of service, and respect people. Newer people getting hired with higher salary demotivates existing people, and in turn is bad for the company. Employees being punished for sticking with the company. All managers says it is a HR policy that restricts them from promoting their existing best talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Constant reorgs, mergers, and organizational disruptions.

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

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

    Pros

    Good camaraderie, investment in people, areas of excellence

    Cons

    Political, challenging career advancement, ax is always out. Had seven managers in six years, acquisitions and divestitures are a constant source of distraction and uncertainty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on talent, promote on merit, don't be so insular. Hire and promote better managers who support their departments and teams. Too much political maneuvering and positioning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    ehhhhh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment most of the time, sneak in youtube here or there, team work sometimes

    Cons

    Too dependant on low paid contractors, to get into the locations is now a pain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move to an area on the south shore with better parking and easier commute.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Contracted at Pfizer Pearl River, NY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vaccine Clinical Testing Associate Scientist in Pearl River, NY
    Former Employee - Vaccine Clinical Testing Associate Scientist in Pearl River, NY

    I worked at Pfizer as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay for an entry level position

    Cons

    Little room for promotions or advancing unless you work 60+ hours a week and work on weekends

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great start of a career and wonderful experience

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the training they provided! They really know how to train sales representatives in what they will experience in the field. I was able to take what I learned with the many years of experience and apply the medical knowledge in many other aspects of my career and life. The managers I had were great, as well as many of the regional managers, and treated me with professional respect. I know I was very lucky in having that common professionalism throughout those many years!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, like with many other companies within this industry, there has been a loss of focus at corporate the past ten years. Many promising medications not making to market, constant mergers looking for R&D growth with no blockbusters to show, and no direction from a company standpoint.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company is a great jewel that can shine again, once it finds it's direction and goes back to what made it a huge success in the past (Excellent, experienced salespeople who knew the market, the products and were allowed to sell).

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of internal processes and training

    Cons

    Too many changes for processes that do not need to be fixed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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