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An interesting company to intern at, but don't expect much else

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Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

I worked at Pfizer

Pros

Prestige. People know the company.
Employees. Very polite, very nice to interns, competent, smart.
Responsibility given to interns. I worked on documents that went all the way to the top of the company.
Nice site.
Willing to give vacation time to interns.
Company name is fantastic for resume when applying elsewhere.

Cons

Mergers and general industry trend means pressure for jobs.
IT is messy in some regards and slow. Mergers don't help this.
Rigid and you can't disclose much of your work outside of the company (even in business units). Comes with the industry, but...
No compensation beyond salary. Not even paying July 4th (done in 2010).
Tons of contractors and consultants over real employees. Between the first point and this, expecting conversion to a job after the internship is unlikely.
Referrals matter a lot to internships. Most of the interns have a parent at VP level or above.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pfizer needs to figure out a direction. There's a lot of inefficiency in many areas of the company but the company is struggling to find the next thing as the brands go off patent. Getting rid of unexciting but stable businesses like some of the consumer businesses Pfizer has sold is short sighted at a time when such companies need to diversify.

Approves of CEO

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    disconnected

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Pearl River, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Pearl River, NY

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    flexible work schedule
    Local management was great.

    Cons

    Senior management disconnected from its employees
    Seems to lack directions at the employee level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a vision at the top level of the company and spread it through the ranks

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Pfustrating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Facilities, Professionalism, Compensation, some very talented people

    Cons

    Management, arrogance of leadership, lack of training, lack of career mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to speak to the people who do the work. Learn who your people are who work for you and possibly take time to learn their name.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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