Pfizer Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
1,150 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your department there may/may not be work-life balance (in 69 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 32 reviews)

  • The company is always reorganizing and job security is moderate (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    Terrible. Treated contract employees very poorly.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contractor in Portage, MI
    Current Employee - Contractor in Portage, MI

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work done wasn't particularly challenging. Management was cordial (if unresponsive to concerns). Work environment was generally clean.

    Cons

    Almost no chance of moving up. Work environment was mind numbingly boring. The only people who stayed long-term were those who couldn't do anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to grow, hire more full time workers instead of keeping contractors on long-term, and foster a less negative environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    What I expect from corporate America

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Will hire people with no work experience or non-relevant work experience.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, long hours, little room for growth, no promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values are all talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Career Disaster - Please stay away!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Unit Head
    Former Employee - Business Unit Head

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Relatively competitive salary + benefits

    Cons

    No training, high complacency, very negative mindset of colleagues, most capable people have either left or been fired, most employees in higher age bracket and only looking forward to their retirement and benefits. Younger lot strongly discouraged from thinking different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the company's culture. For 3 years straight the entire company's feedback is that it is very difficult to 'get things done' at Pfizer; so please take action on it. Fix the broken hypocritical Pfizer value system i.e. they look great on paper but no one practices them.

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

    Very Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

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

    Pros

    No Promotions, opportunities to seek training in whatever you want. Good educational reimbursement plan

    Cons

    Culture is very hierarchical. hard work is not always rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more transparent in their policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Pfizer global marketing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director
    Former Employee - Senior Director

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    Constant Layoffs, poor and declining morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looking to leave

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    A wide offering of developmental programs

    Cons

    Unfair practices when it comes to promotions.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst experience ever!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free Pfizer drugs, ability to commiserate with other inmates.

    Cons

    Pfizer got rid of most of its administrative staff so that the execs could keep their jobs and hefty salaries. In return, they all agreed to become administratively independent. Unfortunately the execs still believe that the one and only team assistant is their personal assistant and require instant responses to their demands even though the one and only assistant is receiving similar demands from 20 other people. They try to get their demands met instantly through chastisement and badgering, which is a sub-optimal management style. If the one and only assistant pushes back, s/he is maligned.

     Believing that the company can function properly without adequate administrative staff is misguided. There are too many bad business practices to track here, so I won't get into the sadistic systems. Suffice it to say that Pfizer has become the Walmart of the pharmaceutical industry. Administrative candidates and AstraZeneca beware!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management training!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A horrible experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None. terrible environment where no one cares

    Cons

    Bunch of backstabbers that do anything to get ahead

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Constant Layoffs with Lots of employee turnover...not much gets done.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology Manager
    Former Employee - Information Technology Manager

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pros – - good benefit and compensation
    - very little workload and very little work being done
    - onsite gym and flexible working hours
    - helping your manager renovating his house will get you a long way

    Cons

    Cons – - all politics and no reward for hard work
    - be careful with the HR. They could lure you back from cancer treatment and lay you off
    - limited career growth for minorities and women in general
    - severance package getting worse over the years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Senior Management – Move and outsource R&D to China will back fire very soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place if you are support staff.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They offer good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Management is disorganized and they should hire better managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better management and the overall company will be better place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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