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Pfizer Reviews in Connecticut

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.2 67 reviews

43% Approve of the CEO

Pfizer President & CEO Ian Read

Ian Read

(23 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits,Growth opportunities, diversity, supports work life balance, employee gym(in 61 reviews)

  • They offer good pay and benefits(in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is sometimes compromised because of the workload of activities(in 27 reviews)

  • Dynamic industry does not lend to job security(in 31 reviews)

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    Pfizer creates politicians not medicines

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsBenefits, pay, nothing else, nothing else, nothing else (had to enter 5 pros)

    ConsPolitical atmosphere, unbearable bureaucracy, best talent continues to leave, ready-fire-aim business strategy, decisions based on leaders personal interests and never around making best science decisions or even decisions in best benefit of company

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourselves and allow scientists to make decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A decade of constant turmoil and strife

    Senior Principal Scientist (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsGenerous compensation and benefits, at least as of now (although benefits and compensation are being curtailed). Some talented co-workers and top notch scientists but most of the top talent is leaving because of recent changes.

    ConsNo clear direction from Sr. Management. A chaotic environment where urgent projects are cancelled without notice, sites are closed and colleagues relocated yearly, years of work are discarded and each wave of re-organization lowers morale further. Positions are often created, filled and then eliminated within a 6-10 month time frame. Pfizer has a long history of hiring people into sites that close within a week of their start date. The leadership has proven time and again to be completely untrustworthy. Whatever they say, believe the opposite. Beware working for this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead Demming's book "Out of the Crisis" and understand that the current state of Pfizer has little to do with the scientists within R&D and everything to do with the management of R&D. Despite their culpability, the actual management is essentially intact (in fact I'd wager that R&D has move VPs than ever) and cost cutting has been achieved by eliminating the scientists the create value for the organization and its intellectual property. I know of no VP that has created any new value, they only evaluate the value generated by someone else. There is now a mismatch; those who manage value (evaluate it) now outnumber those who create value. It's akin to a factory that has more inspectors than line workers and machinery. Only a few number of products come off the assembly line, but those that do are scrutinized by an army of inspectors who are compensated and rewarded for finding faults. When the business owners complain about the lack of productivity, the inspectors eliminate more line workers and machinery making the problem worse. As such, initiatives like ESI are likely doomed to failure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible job security, layoffs constantly.

    Lab Technician (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsOK pay
    Good paper towels
    Freedom to work at your own pace
    Now I'm just typing to satisfy the 20 word minimum
    Pfizer GROTON is bad. Pfizer anywhere else may be ok

    ConsNot sure how long you'll be there. Pretty much month to month
    Everyone is scared for their jobs
    Somber atmosphere
    Everyone is looking for jobs elsewhere
    Hard work doesnt get noticed by management
    If they're gonna lay you off, they will. It doesn't matter how hard you work

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey are given the word that they must cut costs because Pfizer is in serious financial trouble. So one puppet thumps his chest and looks to lay people off below him. But soon enough, the whole campus will be closed. Its just a matter of time, nothing can change it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsCompensation is excellent. Benefits are better than my previous companies.

    ConsYou are expected to work and be available at all times. No work-life balance. Every project is an emergency - no one plans ahead. People are very disrespectful to others. If you do not respond to email within a few minutes, they escalate to upper management. You are expected to be communicating in IM and emails even during meetings. No one bothers to busy-search calendars; they just schedule you when convenient for them and expect you to show up. A large percentage of these meetings are scheduled same-day or the day before, but after hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey will not care about my advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pfizer loses sight of core values - the medicines for the worlds patients.

    Scientist (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsPfizer's benefits are far and above better than most companies of this size. Included are a company match for a 401K, excellent health benefits with a paid prescription plan, both a paid maternity and paternity leave of 6 weeks, and other health, educational, and financial benefits. In addition to the benefits, the breadth of scientific knowledge is quite impressive.

    ConsBecause of the size, politics is very pronounced especially in regards to projects, budgets, and the all important compensation. The lack of leadership has devastated this company and is eating at the core of the company, its scientists. Many excellent people have left for other companies and professions. The strive to please Wall Street and the "shareholders" has hurt the core research with management making decisions to hit numbers instead of doing good science. In addition, a total lack of communication from upper management is quickly decaying any morale and trust the employees have with the people leading our company. Compensation is a highly suspect and a year of good work can be downgraded to allow others to "fit" into a specific bucket or grade. This highly subjective method for grading an employee is demoralizing and doesn't promote consistent performance or giving the extra effort.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt's time to focus on the research again instead of trying to continually grow this company! Our leadership has gone away from the principles of what our company stands for and needs to look beyond making money and shift their focus to the patients.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very unsupportive environment

    Principal Scientist (Former Employee) Groton, CT

    Prospay, projects, cafeteria, parking, coffee bars

    Consculture, career development, people management, lack of leadership

    Advice to Senior Managementhire people managers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Going Downhill Fast

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    Prosgood pay and good benefits

    ConsManagers only care about moving up and very few bother to communicate anything with the rank and file doing the actual work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take all of the company's problems out on Research. With no reaserch, there won't be anything to sell in 20 years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Groton, CT

    ProsUnlimited resources (financial, technical, etc); knowledgeable and dedicated scientists leading labs, lab technicians/associates are highly skilled as well as hard working and eager to learn

    ConsLeadership of some therapeutic areas lack requisite scientific insight/knowledge/strategy and ability to integrate talent at level of labs; ultimately ineffective senior leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust and productivity would be enhanced by delegating responsibilities to scientific experts in field leading the labs. This would further enhance transparency of leadership and clarify strategy for those conducting research

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    If it weren't for the reorganizations, could be a nice place to work. Currently in complete chaos with low morale.

    Senior Director (Current Employee) New London, CT

    ProsThe development pipeline is good (should PFE choose to develop it), there are many smart, top-notch people and my experience with immediate supervisors and mid-level management has, so far, been positive. The direction towards business units makes sense.

    ConsReorganizations are painful to say the least. The company has laid off about 40,000 people since the acquisition of PHA a few years back and the people who have been laid off seem to be selected almost arbitrarily. Implementation of reorganizations seems hare-brained at best and one always wonders what leadership was thinking when they put out communications of how well things are moving along.

    Morale is at an all-time low in PGRD. I've never seen anything like it.

    I've been reorganized out of a job several times; job security and Pfizer should never be used in the same sentence. The thought of a reorg and a acquisition will make me want to stay, but only because it will be like a train wreck; you can't look away!

    New London CT is far from an academic, transportation or pharmaceutical mecca and is difficult to reach (though a very nice place with very nice people), so it's hard to recruit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe BU transition is the right way to go. Retooling research is painful, but without pipeline productivity, we have to do something different. Buy revenue stream; we need it to survive...that said, a reorg combined with a major acquisition will be the end of Pfizer unless you bolt on and pillage the acquired company quickly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pfizer is still on the decline (but the stock is a good buy!)

    Director (Current Employee) New London, CT

    ProsBenefits, Physical Work Environment, scattered talent

    ConsChronic short term thinking on the part of management, attempts to be truly innovative fail, lack of trust in management, too many "hold-outs" at Pfizer that simply want to stay for fear they will find nothing else - brings out a culture of "yes" people afraid to rock the boat

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace the restless fringe or they will be the people that join the competition and crush you. If you want to be more like a Biotech start acting like one - you are too big and stodgy. Invest in your employees and make them feel wanted. Morale is at an all time low - you would know that if you actually spent some time with the people that work for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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