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Pfizer Reviews in Connecticut

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
1,233 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 unsupportive environment

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Groton, CT

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    pay, projects, cafeteria, parking, coffee bars

    Cons

    culture, career development, people management, lack of leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire people managers

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

    Terrible job security, layoffs constantly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    OK 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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    They 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Still a mess but on the right track

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Well-respected, company is moving in the right direction, compensation is very good, really smart people

    Cons

    Middle-management competency is variable, opportunities sometimes provided to a manager's inner circle, drive to hire external talent without always regarding experienced employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ian Read is definitely moving things in the right direction and Pfizer is a company for which I'm proud to work. Competency of middle management needs improvement and while paring down performance review bulkiness is good, I haven't been asked for feedback for my manager through end of year or MEI at all. The Wyeth leadership is typically very good. Those brought in from the outside, however, tend to feel like the inside talent is sub-par and often hire externally for senior positions. While I'm proud to work at Pfizer, have a go-forward position after ESI and am well-paid, I plan to have something lined up after the options and RSUs vest in February and leave the company after 13 years of service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place for college intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Summer in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    I had a wonderful summer at Pfizer, managers are very helpful. Payment is excellent, wish I could come back for work.

    Cons

    Very relationship oriented company. Not very efficient. Probably one of the reasons is that the company is so huge to manage/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally I had a very good experience with Pfizer. I would only suggest management level could offer more opportunities to young people.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    wonderful science but poor management and highly unstable....

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

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    Top benefits with best science and research access and openness to new technologies. Adequate resources for new projects.

    Cons

    highly unstable company..constant change in management and the organizational structure. Loss of patents for revenue generating drugs

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Direction of research changes every 18 months

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive
    Colleagues are generally good people
    Benefits on par with industry
    Equipment generally top-rate

    Cons

    Constant down-sizing
    Constant fear of job loss
    Sr leadership weak (hasn't changed much through changes)
    Site head not involved in science at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve scientists in decision making and begin to cull sycophantic managers
    When leaders fail, don't just move them to a different position in the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Recent desperation of the impending patent cliff has made for a hostile environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, vacation, etc.) and good salary. People are very friendly and always willing to help. New hires get a great 401k match.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, with all the acquisitions Pfizer has done in the last 10 years is leading to a lot of layoffs in the last few years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    soso

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Benefit and compensation are good.

    Cons

    No opportunities for move to next ladder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more transparent and respect to employee.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Job while in College for summer/short term

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New London, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in New London, CT

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    Great job for a student in college
    Very flexible and easy going management style
    Allowed to work from home on fridays and during summer hours.

    Cons

    Under went corporate restructuring at my former location. Had to get moved twice throughout a 3 month period. Also communcation from from upper management could have been better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some basic advice to upper level managment is to communication better with subordinates about organization moves and restructuring that went on at Pfizer

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I enjoy the people and the science. the senior management is very aloof, and not very communicative

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    salary and benefits are very good

    Cons

    very little, if any, room for advancement for bench scientist

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all levels of scientist reporting in to you are aware of how and when decisions are being made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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