Pfizer Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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Pfizer President & CEO Ian Read
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Pros
  • Generally work/life balance is good (in 72 reviews)

  • They offer good pay and benefits (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance can be challenging (in 34 reviews)

  • Also job security it not what it used to be (in 35 reviews)

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  1. NOT a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Management skills are so lacking that even an average manager could look like a Star compared to the existing leadership.

    Cons

    While the company was reaping the benefits of huge cash flow from its acquired drug pipeline it could get away with the underinvestment in leadership /management skills development. Not that the party is (almost) over, the firm is not equipped to handle the challenges ahead. Poor leadership and resistance / inability to change may have doomed this company.

    Advice to Management

    Jeff should change out (i.e. get rid of not just re-assign) 90% of his leadership team before it is too late.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Pfizer pay is commensurate with misery of working there

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is great. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Employee morale is in the toilet. Management does not care about people below them -- they only care about people above them. There is no fairness nor respect for people which is made worse somewhat by upper management pretending that they care.

    Advice to Management

    Put your finger on the employee morale pulse and fix it. Most people I know are miserable working there but only stay because the pay is so good.


  3. Get out while you can....manangers are morons, stressful environment, no job security

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and the benefits are great

    Cons

    stressful, uncertainty, no development, management makes poor decisions and does not communicate well with their employees

    Advice to Management

    Start having respect for your direct reports. If you have information please communicate it. Productivity is down because most people are sitting around gossiping about possible scenarios.


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  5. Pfizer loses sight of core values - the medicines for the worlds patients.

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pfizer's benefits are far and above better than most companies of this size. Included are a company match for a 401K, excellent health benefits with a paid prescription plan, both a paid maternity and paternity leave of 6 weeks, and other health, educational, and financial benefits. In addition to the benefits, the breadth of scientific knowledge is quite impressive.

    Cons

    Because of the size, politics is very pronounced especially in regards to projects, budgets, and the all important compensation. The lack of leadership has devastated this company and is eating at the core of the company, its scientists. Many excellent people have left for other companies and professions. The strive to please Wall Street and the "shareholders" has hurt the core research with management making decisions to hit numbers instead of doing good science. In addition, a total lack of communication from upper management is quickly decaying any morale and trust the employees have with the people leading our company. Compensation is a highly suspect and a year of good work can be downgraded to allow others to "fit" into a specific bucket or grade. This highly subjective method for grading an employee is demoralizing and doesn't promote consistent performance or giving the extra effort.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to focus on the research again instead of trying to continually grow this company! Our leadership has gone away from the principles of what our company stands for and needs to look beyond making money and shift their focus to the patients.


  6. Helpful (4)

    It was once a great company.

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was once a great company with fabulous products and good sales team.

    Cons

    It is now a crappy, run down company with NO leadership and horrible products and unmotivated sales team.

    Advice to Management

    quit deploying "cover your ass" management style. this is true of all levels of management.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Pfizer -Pforgetta 'Bout It

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Peapack, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Peapack, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working in big Pharma is still a really good place to be in the overall scheme of things. The salary is good and I hope it stays that way. The people that work here from diverse backgrounds and the benefits are excellent. Stock price is cheap right now

    Cons

    The company constantly goes for the homerun swing in terms of their strategy. Sell the consumers health division of the company was simply wrong and hurts us each and every quarter, as J&J is enhanced. Pfizer seems to acquire solid companies (Warner-Lambert and Pharmacia) and dismantle them by decimating communities and the workplaces that at one time supported it. The morale is very low in all of their plants. There will be very few, if any manufacturing plants left in the US. PGE (Engineering) is run like a mafia and if you are not one of them, you will not advance. There seems to be a disconnect with 'respect for people' in that regard - the NY Soprano bully attitude gets old really fast. Pfizer thinks they can outsource everything, from manufacturing to R&D. IThe company apporaches problems as if there is an 'Easy Button' to hit - things aren't black and white.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize some of that $26B to invest within the company. You have the talent to build within. While you are at it - get some real Engineering leadership.


  8. Time for change.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to work for big Pharma, it is as good as any. The benefits are comparable to the other big companies.

    Cons

    Terrible management and no respect for people. Arrogance in attitudes that Pfizer is superior, when in fact, it is not. Training is riduculous, and drags out for years.

    Advice to Management

    Look for the best management candidates, regardless of from where they come. Do not promote from within, if it means that the candidate is weak and unqualifed. Look outside of Pfizer to get the most talented managers. Stop buying other big pharma companies. Tell the truth.


  9. Pfizer in major decline.

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    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialty Representative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Therapeutic Specialty Representative in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are plenty of resources available because of the sheer size of Pfizer. The pay and benefits are exceedingly good. Training at Pfizer is good and it enables the job to be done easily. There is not a lot of travel at Pfizer.

    Cons

    Pfizer is on the downslope of its glory years. Most of its drugs are either just off patent protection or are to go off patent protection within the next few years. management is more focused on meeting quarterly goals than they are in creating a dynamic and inclusive work environment. I would recommend waiting until 2012 to pursue a job at Pfizer.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say you will do and follow through. Never, never, never change the "rules" in the middle of a sales year. Trust will never return to a company that cannot be honest with its employees.


  10. Kindler Fumbles Again as He Attempts a Merger to Save Pfizer.....

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    Current Employee - Senior Therapuetic Specialty Representative in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Therapuetic Specialty Representative in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay, benefits and the company car.

    Cons

    Incompetence in management, lack of career path, broken business model and no pipeline of new products.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the top, revamp business model and refocus the mission of the organization.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Work here if you need a job in the short term, otherwise Run Away!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits-for now... Get an opportunity to work with some really competent people, and get to work with people from the other side of the fence as well...

    Cons

    - Production workers afraid to report injuries because of risk of losing job, in spite of Pfizer's rants about an open policy. - Company won't allow any current Pfizer employee to give a job reference to departed employees, they can be fired for it. Yet Pfizer requires incoming job candidates to provide references from previous employers..... -Constant bickering, turf protection and silo behaviors within and between departments, divisions, and sites. -No real integration between Pfizer and the companies it has acquired, other than gutting them out and dismissing as many of the 'outsiders' as possible. -Globalization of the business will continue to decrease stateside opportunities in the future. Don't plan on staying there.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother, they have seen the negative results of their self administered company-wide Gallup Poll over the past two years and have made no real changes other than planning to do away with the Gallup Poll.



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