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

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Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Executive Assistant in San Diego, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Pfizer

  1. "More good than bad"

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    Current Employee - Director of Finance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director of Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits; good people to work with

    Cons

    Overly bureaucratic; Poor work-life balance; Very little creativity

    Advice to Management

    Talent development is still terrible at Pfizer, although I appreciate the efforts to improve. Finance is particularly dysfunctional. Frank D'Amelio is a good CFO, but not as forceful on driving people development as he should be. Ian Read-led management team is making some strides, but overall, the persistence of a bloated senior management continues to stifle greater progress. Need to layoff half the VPs and above. Most of them just make work to justify their jobs/organizations.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pays great wages, but is it really worth it? Management spends too much effort saving dimes by stepping over dollars."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portage, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portage, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The wages they pay are pretty darn good, but that's how they keep people. You can't find these wages anywhere else, especially for those with no degree.

    Cons

    Management promotes people who pay them lip service, not those who really put forth the effort. They continually cut people, then pile their work into the desks of those left behind. So, then- the wage/workload balance tips very unfavorably, You swim in a sea of impossible task lists, all the while really dreading coming in the next day and having to do it all over again.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk. You publish this list of "leadership behaviors", then ignore every one of them. Not only do you NOT lead by example, you make it easy to see what I would never want to be- a money grubbing butt kisser!

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