Pfizer Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
1,110 Reviews
3.6
1,110 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Pretty happy so far

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Excellent working environment; friendly, educated and engaged colleagues; great benefits and perks; lots of flexibility and lateral movement options; a lot of time and energy goes into developing the culture, embracing diversity, and creating an OWN IT! attitude

    Cons

    Many people in my role seem to stay in this type of position for a significant amount of time (7-25 years). This is definitely not something of interest to me and many Gen X/Y'ers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Was once a great company; now trying to find itself

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Large company with many opportunities for career growth. They value and encourage movement across departments thereby enabling you to develop professionally.
    - Great people who are incredibly intelligent and hard working. Made some great friends there.
    - A leader in a very interesting industry. Great resume builder!!

    Cons

    - Company has been going through reorgs since 2007 and employees are suffering from change fatigue. So there are some morale issues though I have heard that it has gotten better since the last round of changes at the end of 2013.
    - People work hard and depending on the position you are in, it's often difficult to get work/life balance. The culture allows for contact all times of the day and weekend (emails). The leaders say they don't expect an immediate response but everyone does anyway so it looks bad if you don't.
    - Decreased job security given the dismal pipeline and constant reorgs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Pfizer is a well oiled, big pharma machine.

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    Former Employee - Professional Healthcare Representative  in  Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Professional Healthcare Representative in Little Rock, AR

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of perks, free car with insurance and gas.

    Cons

    Mediocre pay, very conservative culture, fairly high level of micromanagement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I worked at Pfizer for 9 years in Human Resources and it was a great experience in the Pharmaceutical Division

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    I had a great experience and till this day use many of my learnings in all that I do.

    Cons

    I had no challenges; mobility and career growth was always available. Transitioning from manufacturing to marketing was very easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an open dialogue engaging all employees at any level. Ensure marrying the old with the new and recognizing generational workforce issues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great Place to work

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

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They do good science and have lots of money to throw at projects.

    Cons

    Very big place, so it is easy to get lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Finance & Business Operations Colleague

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    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great organization to work for with excellent work/life balance. Organization has done a great deal of work in changing the overall culture to an Own It Culture that fosters innovation, collaboration, and respect. Management does a good job in being transparent and encouraging to its organization

    Cons

    Things take FOREVER to get done, meaning type of projects have to go through numerous approvals that are sometimes unnecessary and inefficient. Also, if you are looking for fast job advancement, this is not the place for you; if you are okay in being in the same role for 10 years, then you will be happy here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to practice what you are preaching in the Ownership Culture as its core values are meaningful to the organization and its employees. We need to have more career visibility, clarity and advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Easy to work with as a team

    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Pfizer as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great management and leadership in place

    Cons

    Need more focus on short-term objectives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive in planning

  9.  

    The "death spiral" continues with the only way to slow it down is to continue to cut costs, spin or acquire

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    People are great - really caring and down to earth. Care about you as an individual

    Cons

    Nothing much to do to grow or increase as its all about cutting and reducing or splitting up

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My experience in this company was very good, because they prepared me in every task that has to do with manufacturingbec

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator  in  Guayama, PR
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Guayama, PR

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

    Pros

    Give you the opportunity to grow professionally and benefits.

    Cons

    learn something new every day and have the confidence that through the training you're doing well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are always in constant communication with your employees and give the opportunity to express the feelings of every one of them because in them is the heart of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    System Administrator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    Great working environment. Everyone is helpful.

    Cons

    Difficult to become a full time Pfizer Employee.

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