Wyeth

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Wyeth Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
181 Reviews
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Wyeth President and CEO Bernard J. Poussot
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to work, work life balance, respect for people, great work environment (in 13 reviews)

  • decent salary and benefits and work environment (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Small senior management "club" environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Bought by Pfizer and so many great people let go (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auditor
    Former Employee - Auditor

    I worked at Wyeth

    Pros

    the health, medical and dental benefits

    Cons

    career tracks does not exist and mgmt is not consistent with helping all its employees to develop towards other positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know the employees directly and do not rely solely on managers' input.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Failing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sourcing in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sourcing in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Wyeth

    Pros

    A big Global company with lots of room to go up the tree. The salaries levels are good in the market. They are good at developing drugs that work and everyones main focus is on this area.

    Cons

    The Senior Management are very poor, with dictats that are sent but not implemented. Wyeth are the type of company to spend millions on consultants either in a strategic basis or operationally. Not that it matters as the strategic work will not be implemented and the operational work will never be managed properly. There is not enough real work in most departments and a lot of paid attendance. Management throughout the organisation are poor with lack of clearly defined and measured objectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out where you want to be, aim for it and don't change that path every 5 minutes. Give staff some empowerment and get better managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Every Person and Every Job Counts, this is the false statement claimed by Wyeth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DSM Research Analyst in Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - DSM Research Analyst in Collegeville, PA

    I have been working at Wyeth

    Pros

    Something that come to mind but is not just Wyeth is the discovery of new drugs. But at this point Wyeth has been failing at that also. They are in a great location from my home, and the pond view from lunch area is nice. But it should with the money wasted on landscaping, and then we can watch management fly in every morning on the helicopter only to waste more money to hire 2 pilots’ fuel and a limo ride from the landing area to the front door.

    Cons

    Management is very top heavy, Wyeth is in the process of lay-offs but I have not heard or seen any upper management leave yet (Only by choice). Benefits are horrible compared to other Pharm. Companies. Always looking to downsize, cut pay and push more products with less. If you get hired at Wyeth you will probably get hired with a large salary then someone that has been there for 5 yrs. Note the raises and bonuses if that’s what you want to call it are bad. And one last tip is, remember you are rated on a scale, but management can only give out so many 5 or 4's some be prepared to get bad reviews out of policy not workmanship..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What is with all the meeting? I have never seen a company have so many meeting about everything? If our management was more hands on with projects and not so much micromanagers. There are some managers that sit all day on the computer and claim they are so busy, have no time because of meeting but then when you see them that are trading stocks. Most have just been around so long they got to where they are. Now they sit and wait for retirement but have been around long enough to talk the talk. And nobody will step up to the plate to defend their area; a great example would be the management in the research area.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Animal Vaccine Unit Uses Too Much Of It's Product;
    Becomes Infected With Delusional Management Syndrome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Lead Scientist II in Fort Dodge, IA
    Former Employee - Principal Lead Scientist II in Fort Dodge, IA

    I worked at Wyeth

    Pros

    If you are looking for a 'job' in R+D, feel very attached to North Central Iowa and want/need to be able to constantly remind yourself that you used to be a real scientist... maybe this could work for you.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero scientific innovation in R+D, equipment is ancient (and if they tell you that they are working on a capital improvement plan> they aren't), no budget. Product innovation for 'new' vaccine products consists of incremental reformulations of existing vaccines and seriously strained interpretations of the data to support their claims. Senior management consists of a gang of college roommates who actually bow to the EVP and don't even leave the office at night without emailing him. A very stratified culture that embraces top-down management and demands that every idea must originate with the EVP.

    All programs are initially contracted out to academic groups for incredible amounts of money at the outset and the resulting hairball is transfered to Ft. Dodge at the last minute for potential Lazarus resuscitation by FDAH staff without 10% of the resources.

    Management has adopted the 'rule by terror' approach to every aspect of the day, from screaming at the admin assistants to complaining about the font style used in a report to assigning blame for vaccine product animal trial outcomes that don't hit expectations and admonishing bench scientists for dress code violations!. Absolutely zero positive feedback..., the very best you can do is break even on your best day, weather the criticism on your average day and gird your loins for some serious smackdown when your group has a result that doesn't fit expectations.

    There used to be a ratio of 1 manager level and above for every 2 bench scientists, an organizational structure that encourages in-fighting and competitiveness among the 'chiefs'. Every project is done by two competing groups with unequal resource allocation which represents an attitude amongst the management that the market competition exists only inside the walls of the lab rather than between FDAH and it's competitors. This competition seems to promote personal behaviors on the part of management that deliver the desired experimental output via Photoshop to the point that you might have trouble recognizing your own data at a presentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give yourselves a shot of humility, do the honorable thing and resign en masse.

    There is value in doing the heavy lifting required to research and develop animal vaccines to protect and enhance our livestock and food supply. There is no value in the "Dry Lab"... and no honor either.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Pfizer merger was difficult

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues; most people of similar level were nice and helpful. Focus on novel pursuit of interesting science. Unclear what could have been.

    Cons

    Pfizer merger was a huge drain; too many good people were displaced. Too much in fighting and not enough focus on science that could deliver - not enough asking the right questions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good, but company bought out by Pfizer

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Representative
    Former Employee - Territory Representative

    I worked at Wyeth

    Pros

    had 2 great managers within 8 years.

    Cons

    Lack of respect by physicians and office staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wyeth

    Pros

    Some of the people to work with are cool. Time goes by very quick. Get 1 week off for x-mas. hours of work ok

    Cons

    Raises,benefits are lousy now Pfizer takeover. Heard they are asking for copay on prescriptions which is no different than any other Biopharma company. It used to be nothing under Pfizer so we suck it up again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip stop laying people off. Too much work not enough time little pay. You can't squeeze much more out of the people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfaction varies wildly from one department to the next.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wyeth

    Pros

    Reasonably good salary
    Good benefits
    Pleasant enough work environment
    Adequate computer & office supplies
    Pleasant campus with pretty nice amenities

    Cons

    Atrocious corporate intrigue at the mid-to-lower levels
    Senior management totally out of touch with the people who actually do the work
    Too many people coasting to retirement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The fat-cat style of management will drive all your good employees away. You have to be informed about a subordinate's skill set before you can judge whether or not they've done a good job.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sell out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Collegeville, PA

    I have been working at Wyeth

    Pros

    Good working conditions and its location. I enjoy very much working with my reports and peers. Overall you have to learn to deal with how senior managment works.

    Cons

    Very difficult review process. Way to much opinionated. I do not like to "HOLD THE SALARY LINE" he is making to much money. But, the Director level and above reward themselves with huge raises , PIA and stock. SUCKS!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of you should go play on 422, Most need managment training. Rewards and pay increases outside of the research area need to be investigated.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wyeth has become a true mess...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Pearl River, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Pearl River, NY

    I have been working at Wyeth

    Pros

    The benefits and the majority of research staff are very knowledgeable. However, this talent is usually suppressed and seems like it is actually frowned upon. The projects are interesting, but are usually managed to the point where there are collapses in communication resulting in time wasting redundancies.

    Cons

    The middle and upper management is abysmal. Very little communication even between affiliated departments. Management has strong favorites, even when the favorites are complete dead-weight to the work and goals at hand. No competency or idea what goes into certain work or studies that they are involved with. If there is an issue at hand, management literally tries to sweep it under the carpet. Out of sight of mind, regardless of how minor or severe the issue is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to actually manage and try to re-learn the science that is at your hands.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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