Pfizer Reviews in Connecticut

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
1,108 Reviews

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1,108 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    The biggest and most lucrative employee in the Groton, CT area.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Lead  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative Lead in Groton, CT

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

    Pros

    You get to work with some pretty smart folks from a variety of backgrounds. Being one of the larger employers in the area, you're not necessarily confined to a small group of folks around the water cooler and in some areas drama is at a minimum.

    Cons

    It used to be a place where one could work their way up the ladder. That is not the case anymore. Most movement is lateral at best. As a large employer, you're a number. If you can live with that, you'll do well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on being number one and start focusing at being good at research again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Data Manager

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    Former Employee - Program Data Manager  in  New London, CT
    Former Employee - Program Data Manager in New London, CT

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ability to work from home and travel is still supported. There is cohesion among treatment programs as this is necessary to keep the program consistent.

    Cons

    Very unorganized, unsupportive, stressful. Processes, documentation, standards, templates, etc. constantly change and you're required to continually go back and review the same documentation over and over instead of going forward from the time of the change. Most studies are long-term and you are responsible to address documents from colleagues who preceded you on the study, many of whom no longer work there. This happens every couple weeks. VERY stressful, demanding, and time-consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look more closely at individual workloads and work / life balance for sake of employee health, productivity and quality. Also, leave processes, etc in place for more than 5 minutes as constantly reinventing the wheel is an unproductive waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Pfizer creates politicians not medicines

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Political 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and allow scientists to make decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great company that took a wrong turn.....

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Groton, CT

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great team, co-workers; sense of empowerment

    Cons

    Once they started outsourcing, they went wild - staff became disengaged, lost vested interest, always fearful for their job. Philosophy of the company completely changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember - value your staff - they are the ones that enable you to succeed as a manager. To upper management - don't forget your roots. Once you get too far removed, it is easy to forget what it takes to do the job. It is easy to spout out directives and unreasonable timelines, but if you forget to involve the function in these decisions, you will never have successful results or a productive staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Submit submissions to the FDA

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Submission Specialist  in  Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Regulatory Submission Specialist in Groton, CT

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits working at Pfizer

    Cons

    They give to many jobs out to other countries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep more jobs in the USA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company going through a rough patch financially.

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    Current Employee - Senior Professional  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Groton, CT

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

    Pros

    This company treats high performers well, and still offers a good benefits package along with educational assistance. The company is innovating in some areas, and is constantly looking to redefine itself in response to the changing industry.

    Cons

    Staff reductions have placed ever-increasing amounts of work on fewer and fewer employees. Guidance by senior management seems short-sighted, and an unsustainable level of pressure has been placed on the staff to cut costs and increase production.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your staff. They are your most valuable asset.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Science Despite Chaos

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People generally good to wirk with (some exceptions)
    Salary

    Cons

    organization shake-up = job uncertainty
    Performance Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No more acquisitions!
    Nurture home grown science as in the 1990's ealry 2000's.
    Selling profitable businesses does not make since. Consumer Health flip-flopping?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    statistical programmer

    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very flexible work enviroment. Great place to work. Good benefits and salary. great opportunities to excel in your career.

    Cons

    Too many organizational changes at too many times. By time you settle in the direction that the orgaination is going, changes happen again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It is a good scientific experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    Excellent scientists, resources and benefits

    Cons

    The expansions did not bring a positive outcome. No Lessons learned

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The pay can't be beat in SECT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are the absolute best in the area. Like any large, multinational company experiences will vary with department and direct supervisor. The experience of working here really IS what one makes of it.

    Cons

    Pfizer is a large company, and change comes slowly. Often when change does come, it's the result of the work of a large committee of various departments and the change does not always make sense.

    If you enjoy working in a scrappy environment, or working to move a company toward #1, look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes you just have to make a decision.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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