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Pfizer Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
1,190 Reviews
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1,190 Reviews
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Pros
  • Depending on your department there may/may not be work-life balance (in 72 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 34 reviews)

  • The company is always reorganizing and job security is moderate (in 35 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits, some great people, no job security

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    I worked in a small division that had a great culture and everyone was very focused on the task at hand. Great benefits and work/life balance and we had a lot of fun in the group I worked with, not common in the larger organization. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations and changing business plans create an environment where you never know what you will be doing 6 months/1 year from now. Different divisions are very protective of there work so collaboration and communication is very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share a long term business plan with everyone, don't keep secrets so people can focus on work rather than the constant discussion of who is being laid of next. Everyone works in fear of that day they get let go.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    work and life balance is good. flexible working time. no hurry for the work.

    Cons

    no appreciation for assocaites senior manager cares more for their own benefits not for the junior assocaites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care for science not politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great benefits during hard times

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Pfizer offers great benefits and if you play the office politics game well you can easily find another job within the company when lay offs come. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Not very challenging position and no job growth for support staff. But they pay better then most companies so you're kind of stuck.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    High pressure, good benefits, good people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    The majority of the people are smart, good at what they do, and nice/helpful. The work is interesting and cutting edge and hard work is recognized

    Cons

    The work is fast-paced and high pressure. People are competitive and there are politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve rapport by decreasing pressure and interacting with the people doing the work

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    R&D Intern

    Former Employee - RD Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - RD Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Pfizer as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    General atmosphere was very nice to intern - everybody was willing to teach and mentor. overall, it was a very good learning experience for me. there is also discounted vitamins. my supervisors were all super nice and were willing to put our names in presentations/ poster.

    Cons

    company downsizing. interns are hired thru contractor, and previous contractor was not always on time with payment while pfizer is ontime paying them...

    Recommends
  7.  

    Standard corporate environment, with the benefit of having a population of talented/specialized colleagues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Good colleagues/experts in their field, huge knowledge-base. Most colleagues are appreciative, respectful, and recognize the contributions of their administrative assistants. Diversity is supported (there are formal diversity networks/groups internally), active in local community, beautiful site in San Diego (La Jolla Campus) with excellent on-site cafe and catering.

    Cons

    Organizational changes happen frequently. Annual review process is not well managed and suffers from imbalance. Glass ceiling: incredibly difficult/rare to move from administrative support position into another role/position/career (even with an MBA). Management effectiveness/style varies by department (true anywhere); be sure to make inquiries, if interviewing (Pharma community is small, easy to gain honest insight--be sure work style is complimentary).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior/Executive Leadership could do more to ensure local leaders/managers communicate outward and downward. More time could be spent investing in local/site culture, to boost site morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company going through difficult times!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefit package, Comfortable work environment, able to set own hours.

    Cons

    Many layoffs in works, company announcing they will continue for next several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on Respect for people, less on shareholder attraction.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A comfortable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of resource, comfortable and respectful workplace

    Cons

    Frequent restructuring due to various changes in management and pending expiration of patented drugs. Heavy politics in some dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have a (better) long-term plan for the future and eliminate the current dept head's controlled annual performance review and allow project's team members or leaders to review the employee's performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    So Awesome to work for...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are totally cool and sweet

    Cons

    We don't have snack time anymore, but they did give us nap time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would do you good to maybe make the dress code a little less strict...Huggers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Management in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Working Conditions, Flex time available, Health Clinic on Site, Day Care available, Good Smart people to work with

    Cons

    Company is in re-structuring mode, so morale is a bit low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on morale improvement, and less on how many jobs need to be cut, Good people bring up profits, poorly motivated people will not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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