Pfizer Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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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. Pfizer Pharmaceutical

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Assembler in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The the work involved in helping save lives. Good people. Excellent opportunity.

    Cons

    Forced overtime. Many times, no time off.

    Advice to Management

    Departments are siloed too much. Open up, stream line communications.


  2. Helpful (1)

    limited growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    wide variety of projects to work on

    Cons

    very little promotion / career growth opportunities; low capped raises

    Advice to Management

    start valuing people


  3. Production Mechanic

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits and nice coworkers

    Cons

    Don't walk, run from this job, you'll hate every second of it. No work life balance, forced overtime during the weeks and almost every weekend. (was told I would work Mon-Fri that didn't happen) They try to run around the clock with very little resources so the resources they do have are very overworked and stressed to the max. Then when you do get forced you usually end up sitting around waiting for all the managers from all different departments try to make a decision what to do next and not one of them wants to make a decision in fear of a higher boss not liking that decision made. Always wait till the last second to announce overtime so you cant plan anything. Only for sure way to get time off is to use a benefit. Very slow to provide resources as promised in the contract if they provide them at all. If you don't park the way they want you to you'll get written up by one of their security super troopers. Don't really get to use much maintenance skill here most of the real maintenance work is contracted out. They will put you through school but you wont get to use anything you learn because Pfizer doesn't want the liability. Don't think the place will make it another 5 years the way its being run.

    Advice to Management

    Management sucks, cant even believe they call some of them managers. One doesn't know what the other one is doing. High levels of micromanagement exist daily. If its not their idea its a not a good idea. Half the management department should be replaced.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great pay great benefits challenging problems to work on

    Cons

    Science some times comes in second fiddle


  6. Long term employee eventually laid off.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior TSales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior TSales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Organized company. Would work there again.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs. 37 waves of layoffs in 2011 and continuing. No job security.

    Advice to Management

    Needs better leadership


  7. Great for Scienc

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pfizer has great resources and best technology. Their IT capabilities are superb. The best asset they have is talent and knowledge.

    Cons

    Upper management's lack of care for the human life, the very same thing they say they want to improve by their drugs.

    Advice to Management

    Value science and scientists they produce results


  8. Senior Associate Scientist Pfizer Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Flexibility, Opportunities for learning and development

    Cons

    Typical Corporate downsides, re-organization often leaving an often unsettled or lack of job confidence feelings


  9. Great company and fully engaged

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of options for many projects with rewarding goals. With the Lipitor layoffs, it's hard to find an opening to get hired.

    Cons

    Very big and sometimes hard to find resources.

    Advice to Management

    Make the cuts needed and optimize the remaining resources


  10. Cautionly Optimistic it will become a fair and good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Aseptic Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Aseptic Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Industry, Product, and Labor intensive to be profitable in the years to come....

    Cons

    Communication with mid-level supervisors needs to be better along with more Employer transparency on delicate issues.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Leadership needs to visit Saint Louis and discuss issues about plant's future moving foward.


  11. My experience was good, I learned a lot and was treated well by management.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good employee benefits, flexible working environment, compensation can be very good. Their on-line systems for performance management and HR issues is also very good.

    Cons

    The new HR support center (instituted in late 2010) needs some time to really develop top quality service. Some benefits have been reduced or curtailed as a result of the recession.

    Advice to Management

    More HR Generalist should be used. Although the number of Generalists has decreased with the new shared services model, I don't think it was the right move. From my experience working in the hrSource center, many colleagues did not like the new model.



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