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Pfizer Reviews in Connecticut

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
1,179 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.  

    I left a stable job with good pay only to be laid off from this job a year later.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New London, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New London, CT

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

    Pros

    It was nice to be able to connect with people across several industries. In my position, I wasn't required to work every weekend.

    Cons

    Unstable work environment. Most people within the company, (at most locations,) know that they are in constant danger of being laid off. I was asked to leave a stable job to work at Pfizer, so I made a point to ask during the interview stage if my position was secure. I was told it was, though I found out 2 weeks after starting that it wasn't, then was laid off a year later.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Tough industry to be in, but a great employer none the less

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork, values, culture, good work life balance

    Cons

    Still not always easy to get work done, and sometimes senior management don't understand what's going on

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience working for the biggest of the "Big Pharma" firms.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Groton, CT

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

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers, terrific work environment, exciting projects with stimulating team members made working at Pfizer in Groton/New London and in NYC an absolute pleasure. Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Very little room for career development or advancement; constant acquisitions and reorganisations accompanied by large numbers of lay-offs lowered morale in recent years. Pfizer is now no longer the blue ribbon company it used to be and employees are starting to walk away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics and listen to the people on the ground working at the "Coal Face". Pfizer teams working in drug development and with the FDA know what is required to succeed. Outsourcing this work and reducing Pfizer headcount may well, in the short term, cut costs, however the medium to long term risks of a fully outsourced drug development model could be a real concern, especially for a company who is already working under an FDA warning notice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ability grow, but has become more and more challenging

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to obtain great experience across many facets of work.

    Cons

    Budget constraints has made getting things done difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't cater to investors, you still need to develop drugs

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Administrative Lead in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative Lead in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (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
  7. 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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9. 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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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