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Pfizer Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
1,097 Reviews

3.6
1,097 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.  

    Very Nice place to work at.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Good company culture. Promoted to lead projects.

    Cons

    There are not any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Network/system Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good solid structure, very big company offices all over

    Cons

    Mostly contract jobs, not easy to get in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    smart people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement are there for anyone willing to do the work.

    Cons

    Large companies have extra red tape and lengthy approval processes. Pfizer is no different. Sometimes there are non-value added approvals to slow things down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not all sites are treated equal by headquarters. Management could ease this by allowing employees to provide feedback and seriously trying to address concerns. As with all employers there are good Managers and bad. Make an effort to weed out the bad ones and not shuffle them to a different position.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Good Company But it Could Use Some Changes....

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Excellent Benefits
    -Good Work Environment; Stable
    -Company strives to achieve good work/home life balance (Three weeks vacation plus a week off in Dec. is very nice).

    Cons

    -It's difficult to change department, especially if you're in Manufacturing.
    -Engineers appear to be favored over individuals with BS on Biology, Biochemistry ect.
    -Raises are minimal . Promotions are a rarity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Consider what individuals bring to the table and communicate with groups to learn how each team member's contributions have helped in achieving our goals.

    -offer raises that outpace rises in healthcare costs and inflation.

  6.  

    General Manager

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    Pros

    Benefits are good, salary is as well

    Cons

    workers are layed off to quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't cut workers so quickly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Clinical Study Management  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Clinical Study Management in New York, NY

    Pros

    In the beginning (~2000-2006), it was a fantastic place to work--for the most part, vibrant and intelligent co-workers and superiors, good company values and as an employee you felt part of something bigger and good. Surprisingly good opportunities to expand your knowledge even in the most routine aspects of your role, great benefits, good compensation and a feeling of family. After they started having you interview for your job, combining roles, and neglecting one of their core values "Respect For People", it all changed. Motivation and morale dropped considerably, the average were rewarded while the outstanding were marginalized.

    Cons

    Very little room for career advancement; too many 'old boys' club approaches to business and slightly arthritic in their adoption of technologies and process that would improve the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incorporate 360 reviews where colleagues review their managers--you'd be surprised at the shockingly high number of ineffective, unprofessional managers that hold leadership positions and have no business being there...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY

    Pros

    Terrific place to extend one's knowledge significantly. If you want to stay 'static' at your level you can....if you wish to keep growing, there are plenty of opportunities. Hard work and commitment is paid off. Some brilliant minds work here - LEARN from them. Salaries and benefits are great. The best supervisor in my entire career to date has been while at Pfizer. Energetic & high visibility ERG groups as well.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be challenging. Pfizer pays well...but expect you to work very hard.This will & can be a challenge. Can be a bit of a "big boy's club" at times. Gender imbalances at the top. Had one supervisor, fortunately the only one in my career to date, the used malicious and very underhand workplace bullying. Fortunately, I was able to move after 8 months but he was awful. Be aware it can happen anywhere. The pros at Pfizer, however, far outweighed the cons though!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of supervisors that commit workplace bullying and purposeful lack of inclusion. I experienced a nightmare of a supervisor while working at Pfizer Animal Health, now Zoetis. He did it usually when we were alone and it was difficult to prove. Be hyper diligent about memorializing all interactions with such nasty people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good place to start career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great work life balance, met many intelligent -hard working individuals, really enjoyed working with co-workers

    Cons

    Big company- more focused on profits and less on people

  10.  

    Innovative and fast moving for "Big Pharma"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  New London, CT
    Former Employee - Director in New London, CT

    Pros

    Scale
    Very professional work environment
    Dedicated employees
    Worthwhile mission

    Cons

    Upheaval - non stop acquisitions and restructuring. Considerable layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few critical initiatives and grow by developing your own drugs instead of buying them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learned a lot and was allowed to be independent in the Lab.

    Cons

    I have no cons when I interned at Pfizer.

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