Pfizer Reviews in Kalamazoo, MI

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
1,119 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.  

    I had great experience at Pfizer

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    Current Employee - Organic Chemist  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Organic Chemist in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Pfizer as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Very professional environment, plenty of opportunity to learn new skills, have some very smart people who work for this place

    Cons

    The food in cafeteria is not that great, it is little bit impersonal place to work at as all big companies are.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Low wages

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    Current Employee - Formulation Op  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Formulation Op in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Pfizer for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good vacation package compared to competition.

    Cons

    Below average wages for non degree oriented workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay all employees not just the top 10%.
    Being #1 pharmaceutical company, your compensation packages are that of a bottom tier company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Company treated me very well overall - benefits, pay, etc.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Kalamazoo, MI

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

    Pros

    Completely surrounded by tremendous talent! A feeling of doing something good for people!

    Cons

    WAY TOO CENTRALIZED in their leadership and running the company. Also, Board is too lazy, or too cozy, to take action and get rid of total screwups at the Executive through "C" level positions. Why waste the time and money on a board if their experience, decisiveness and leadership insights are not going to be utilized to protect the shareholders. Case in point - length of time 2 successive previous CEO's to Ian Read were allowed to run company into the ground and the value lost. Shameless!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish clear responsibilities for the Board Overwatch responsibilities and tie all of their pay/incentives AND that of the C-Officers to long term improvements, and gains - not short term focus that brings in the constant major bonuses!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    "Pfizer is a Good Company to Work For."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are better than most companies. There is opportunity for advancement wihin the company with the right skillset. Employees are more than willing to meet demanding deadlines to make sure the customers needs are met.

    Cons

    With the many layers of management decision making can be slow to get things done. Outsourcing too many jobs to contractors can hurt the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pfizer Kalamazoo - what a ride!!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    These have been absolutely the best people with whom I have ever worked!!!! There is no challenge too large or unique that they will not take on and just completely "crush it!" - Overachieve

    Cons

    Leadership - senior level for site andtheir superiors, are out of touch with the shop floor workers and too wrapped up in their egos! No decisions can be decentralized - everything is very much dictated and micro-managed in spite of the massive amounts of talent and creativity at the Site!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back off and let your taalented bench play!! Just let them take care of current day-to-day business and you focus on what challenges/opportunities are coming down the road for which we need to begin planning and preparation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great pay and benefits but management is nepotistic. Image is more important than qualifications.

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    Current Employee - Quality Chemist  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Quality Chemist in Kalamazoo, MI

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    You better be in good with management if you want to be promoted or move around. Integrity and respect have been lost among the management. The promotion requirements are obscure. The company is too large.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall, a good place to work that is always changing and challenging.

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    Former Employee - Chemical Operator  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The opportunity for advancement and educational reimbursement program create an atmosphere of ever improving oneself to offer each employee and the company a better future.

    Cons

    The schedule was very difficult to sustain. At times we were required to work 19 days at a stretch without a day off. We would then be given one day off and return to work the following day. The opportunities for overtime pay were excellent but no time to enjoy life or family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be more sensitive to the needs of all employees. Many people have a need or desire to work a lot of overtime while others do not. Have options for employees who would rather work a normal schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    For the sane at Pfizer is not the place to be in.
    For the insane at Pfizer, it is a time of your life.

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Technologist  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Process Technologist in Kalamazoo, MI

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

    Pros

    High salary and little work

    Cons

    Reapply for your job every 2-3 year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please stay at pfizer, we do not want you in our company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big East beats down Midwest...

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    Current Employee - Production Team Leader  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Production Team Leader in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Top tier company with top tier pay and benes.

    Cons

    Since Pfizer took over its been nothing but downsizing, job elimination, outsourcing and a general lack of respect from management. Pharmacia was growing by leaps and bounds, and Pfizer came into town and stomped on prosperity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the Big East disdain for the Midwest...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pfizer Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    Great benefits, and great opportunities for professional growth.

    Cons

    Job security is very low. Constant layoffs and role shifting leaves employees disillusioned. The general attitude/mood of employees overall is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees some sense of value and security. The current working environment is difficult at best.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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