Wyeth Reviews

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Wyeth President and CEO Bernard J. Poussot
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Pros
  • Great place to work, work life balance, respect for people, great work environment (in 13 reviews)

  • decent salary and benefits and work environment (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Small senior management "club" environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Bought by Pfizer and so many great people let go (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Every Person and Every Job Counts, this is the false statement claimed by Wyeth.

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    Current Employee - DSM Research Analyst  in  Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - DSM Research Analyst in Collegeville, PA

    I have been working at Wyeth

    Pros

    Something that come to mind but is not just Wyeth is the discovery of new drugs. But at this point Wyeth has been failing at that also. They are in a great location from my home, and the pond view from lunch area is nice. But it should with the money wasted on landscaping, and then we can watch management fly in every morning on the helicopter only to waste more money to hire 2 pilots’ fuel and a limo ride from the landing area to the front door.

    Cons

    Management is very top heavy, Wyeth is in the process of lay-offs but I have not heard or seen any upper management leave yet (Only by choice). Benefits are horrible compared to other Pharm. Companies. Always looking to downsize, cut pay and push more products with less. If you get hired at Wyeth you will probably get hired with a large salary then someone that has been there for 5 yrs. Note the raises and bonuses if that’s what you want to call it are bad. And one last tip is, remember you are rated on a scale, but management can only give out so many 5 or 4's some be prepared to get bad reviews out of policy not workmanship..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What is with all the meeting? I have never seen a company have so many meeting about everything? If our management was more hands on with projects and not so much micromanagers. There are some managers that sit all day on the computer and claim they are so busy, have no time because of meeting but then when you see them that are trading stocks. Most have just been around so long they got to where they are. Now they sit and wait for retirement but have been around long enough to talk the talk. And nobody will step up to the plate to defend their area; a great example would be the management in the research area.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Animal Vaccine Unit Uses Too Much Of It's Product;
    Becomes Infected With Delusional Management Syndrome

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    Former Employee - Principal Lead Scientist II  in  Fort Dodge, IA
    Former Employee - Principal Lead Scientist II in Fort Dodge, IA

    I worked at Wyeth

    Pros

    If you are looking for a 'job' in R+D, feel very attached to North Central Iowa and want/need to be able to constantly remind yourself that you used to be a real scientist... maybe this could work for you.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero scientific innovation in R+D, equipment is ancient (and if they tell you that they are working on a capital improvement plan> they aren't), no budget. Product innovation for 'new' vaccine products consists of incremental reformulations of existing vaccines and seriously strained interpretations of the data to support their claims. Senior management consists of a gang of college roommates who actually bow to the EVP and don't even leave the office at night without emailing him. A very stratified culture that embraces top-down management and demands that every idea must originate with the EVP.

    All programs are initially contracted out to academic groups for incredible amounts of money at the outset and the resulting hairball is transfered to Ft. Dodge at the last minute for potential Lazarus resuscitation by FDAH staff without 10% of the resources.

    Management has adopted the 'rule by terror' approach to every aspect of the day, from screaming at the admin assistants to complaining about the font style used in a report to assigning blame for vaccine product animal trial outcomes that don't hit expectations and admonishing bench scientists for dress code violations!. Absolutely zero positive feedback..., the very best you can do is break even on your best day, weather the criticism on your average day and gird your loins for some serious smackdown when your group has a result that doesn't fit expectations.

    There used to be a ratio of 1 manager level and above for every 2 bench scientists, an organizational structure that encourages in-fighting and competitiveness among the 'chiefs'. Every project is done by two competing groups with unequal resource allocation which represents an attitude amongst the management that the market competition exists only inside the walls of the lab rather than between FDAH and it's competitors. This competition seems to promote personal behaviors on the part of management that deliver the desired experimental output via Photoshop to the point that you might have trouble recognizing your own data at a presentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give yourselves a shot of humility, do the honorable thing and resign en masse.

    There is value in doing the heavy lifting required to research and develop animal vaccines to protect and enhance our livestock and food supply. There is no value in the "Dry Lab"... and no honor either.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    great benefits

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    Former Employee - Auditor
    Former Employee - Auditor

    I worked at Wyeth

    Pros

    the health, medical and dental benefits

    Cons

    career tracks does not exist and mgmt is not consistent with helping all its employees to develop towards other positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know the employees directly and do not rely solely on managers' input.

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Failing

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    Current Employee - Sourcing  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sourcing in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Wyeth

    Pros

    A big Global company with lots of room to go up the tree. The salaries levels are good in the market. They are good at developing drugs that work and everyones main focus is on this area.

    Cons

    The Senior Management are very poor, with dictats that are sent but not implemented. Wyeth are the type of company to spend millions on consultants either in a strategic basis or operationally. Not that it matters as the strategic work will not be implemented and the operational work will never be managed properly. There is not enough real work in most departments and a lot of paid attendance. Management throughout the organisation are poor with lack of clearly defined and measured objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out where you want to be, aim for it and don't change that path every 5 minutes. Give staff some empowerment and get better managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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