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Pfizer Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
1,194 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.  

    Very Nice place to work at.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Good company culture. Promoted to lead projects.

    Cons

    There are not any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    My department is fantastic; overall company leadership is uneven

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Scientist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    My department is fantastic... we do good science and we have the resources to do technology development at a level that I probably wouldn't have the opportunity to do at very many other companies.

    Cons

    The company doesn't know what it wants to look like and this leads to zigging and zagging, inconsistent strategies, and disruptive reorganizations/relocations/etc. Are we getting bigger doing a megamerger and trying to diversify? Are we getting smaller by spinning off to become "focused" on our "core"? Whatever it is this year, 1-2 years from now it will be an about face.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really enjoyed working there. Great place to be challenged every day and learn something new. Discovering new products to help people is always the focus

    Cons

    The commute was a pain in the neck, but unfortunately that is not something the company can help with..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep setting the bar high!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Manager and representative

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Excellent first in class products

    Cons

    To much focus on structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn customer needs and delivery in ways people relate and receive information from each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place if you are support staff.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They offer good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is disorganized and they should hire better managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better management and the overall company will be better place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Experience at Pfizer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Huge company with a lot of possibilities

    Cons

    The company has to many lay offs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give all levels an opportunity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Never Regret for working at Pfizer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sourcing in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    1. International operation leads to job opportunities
    2. Good benefit package

    Cons

    disturbing reorganizations; Limited opportunities for career development in R&D organization;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focusing on sustainable business strategy instead of pleasing investors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    satisfying but not excellent ...expected more

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Pfizer as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    very relaxed work environment, nice people

    Cons

    very complicated structure of groups

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall very good work experience

    Former Employee - Senior Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Scientist in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good resources, well-paid, nice work environment, and integration of functions of different group. People were friendly and helpful and worked hard.

    Cons

    unsure job with not so well set goals and execution. Creativity was not much encouraged. Too much time spent on administrative routines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a long-term goal and stick to it. Attract people with talents and retain them.

  11.  

    Good coworkers, interesting projects, but strategy changes are too frequent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Talented coworkers, interesting projects, more resources that allow looking at many aspects of drug development that might not be available at smaller companies. Most people are happy with how their own local departments are run.

    Cons

    There are frequent reorganizations and changes in overall strategy due to higher level turnover in leadership. One significant example is that for the last several CEOs the company has frequently changed its position on whether diversification of the company is good, or whether the company should spin off non-core units to focus on patented pharmaceuticals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are successful diversified companies, and successful companies that are less diversified. Either model can work, but switching between the two models every 2-3 years is disruptive, makes it harder to succeed at either of them, and decreases confidence in whether senior management knows where it is going with the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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