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  • Long working hours & No Work life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • job security due to cost cutting (in 50 reviews)

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  1. "Manager"

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    Former Contractor - Manager in Groton, CT
    Former Contractor - Manager in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was great; some very dedicated employees; purpose of work felt great as it was towards bettering people's lives

    Cons

    Hours were ridiculous; in some cases 16 hours in 1 day; job training was non existent. Manager was out of their mind and had no regard for proper QC which cometely went against the purpose of the job and was a nasty person in general. Numerous complaints about this Manager from contractors and employees from 2012 to 2015; upper Management and HR did nothing about it.

    Advice to Management

    Don't outsource everything and don't threaten people with having a project completed on time when timelines are imposed that are impossible to meet if you want quality which is so important when you are in the business of developing drugs.


  2. "Far better options in the region for software development jobs"

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    Former Intern - Business Technology Intern in New London, CT
    Former Intern - Business Technology Intern in New London, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pfizer has a good 'brand name' as a corporation. Could be a very exciting place to work if you're interested in pharmaceutical sciences and you have the right contacts.

    Cons

    One can't avoid the impression that Pfizer is the typical publicly owned corporation trying to maximize profits and minimize liability at the cost of promoting a good workplace environment. Not just interns but it seems a large proportion of employees are hired via third party staffing agencies, with minimal salary and benefits and pathetic job security. There are no proper offices in Business Technology and under the guise of 'open seating', one could be left sitting on a sofa throughout the work day if one doesn't get there early enough.

    Advice to Management

    Try to maintain a balanced approach to profit-maximization. Own your employees instead of treating them like a replaceable commodity.

  3. "In flux..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent systems, smart people, good training programs

    Cons

    Talented contractors let go after 6 months, and a lot of good talent walked out the door. System redundancies.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit 360 feedback from more employees in your division.


  4. "very unsupportive environment"

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay, projects, cafeteria, parking, coffee bars

    Cons

    culture, career development, people management, lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    hire people managers


  5. "Going Downhill Fast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Managers only care about moving up and very few bother to communicate anything with the rank and file doing the actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't take all of the company's problems out on Research. With no reaserch, there won't be anything to sell in 20 years.


  6. "Could be...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited resources (financial, technical, etc); knowledgeable and dedicated scientists leading labs, lab technicians/associates are highly skilled as well as hard working and eager to learn

    Cons

    Leadership of some therapeutic areas lack requisite scientific insight/knowledge/strategy and ability to integrate talent at level of labs; ultimately ineffective senior leadership

    Advice to Management

    Trust and productivity would be enhanced by delegating responsibilities to scientific experts in field leading the labs. This would further enhance transparency of leadership and clarify strategy for those conducting research


  7. "If it weren't for the reorganizations, could be a nice place to work. Currently in complete chaos with low morale."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in New London, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New London, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The development pipeline is good (should PFE choose to develop it), there are many smart, top-notch people and my experience with immediate supervisors and mid-level management has, so far, been positive. The direction towards business units makes sense.

    Cons

    Reorganizations are painful to say the least. The company has laid off about 40,000 people since the acquisition of PHA a few years back and the people who have been laid off seem to be selected almost arbitrarily. Implementation of reorganizations seems hare-brained at best and one always wonders what leadership was thinking when they put out communications of how well things are moving along.

    Morale is at an all-time low in PGRD. I've never seen anything like it.

    I've been reorganized out of a job several times; job security and Pfizer should never be used in the same sentence. The thought of a reorg and a acquisition will make me want to stay, but only because it will be like a train wreck; you can't look away!

    New London CT is far from an academic, transportation or pharmaceutical mecca and is difficult to reach (though a very nice place with very nice people), so it's hard to recruit.

    Advice to Management

    The BU transition is the right way to go. Retooling research is painful, but without pipeline productivity, we have to do something different. Buy revenue stream; we need it to survive...that said, a reorg combined with a major acquisition will be the end of Pfizer unless you bolt on and pillage the acquired company quickly.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Pfizer is still on the decline (but the stock is a good buy!)"

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    Current Employee - Director in New London, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New London, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Physical Work Environment, scattered talent

    Cons

    Chronic short term thinking on the part of management, attempts to be truly innovative fail, lack of trust in management, too many "hold-outs" at Pfizer that simply want to stay for fear they will find nothing else - brings out a culture of "yes" people afraid to rock the boat

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the restless fringe or they will be the people that join the competition and crush you. If you want to be more like a Biotech start acting like one - you are too big and stodgy. Invest in your employees and make them feel wanted. Morale is at an all time low - you would know that if you actually spent some time with the people that work for you.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Jeff, take a hike and do the right thing leave that golden umbrella behind. You haven’t earned it"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Associate (Pfizer)/Project Manager (When A Consultant) in New London, CT
    Former Employee - Administrative Associate (Pfizer)/Project Manager (When A Consultant) in New London, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I started at Pfizer in 1995 and worked as a contractor from 2001 -2008. My last five years I was lucky enough to work for Andy Lee the best leader of my career. It was a great place to work, diverse, open and supportive. During the last 5 years the best reasons for working at Pfizer are gone. The small amenities that made it a great place to work are gone and constant re-organization and corporate propaganda that conflicts with corporate actions have destroyed Pfizer. Productivity, innovation and trust between employees have ground to a halt. I've watched Hank McKinnell and now Jeff Kindler drive Pfizer into the dust.

     Jeff you’ve only made things worse. Take a hike and do the right thing leave that golden umbrella behind. You haven’t earned it

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, a caste system between Pfizer exempt and non-exempt colleagues and contractors, lack of job security, irresponsible leadership and a CEO, board of directors and Senior Management who only ask is this profitable, will this boost my bonus and who remain unconcerned who don't ask is it right; does it conform to some higher standards in terms of how we operate?

    Advice to Management

    Stop! Give back your bonus and repair the damages you've inflicted on countless people through insane practices such as reorganizing and making people reapply for their jobs, or streamline decision making by outsourcing project assistants, study managers and clinical research associates, monitors and countless other staff. How does cutting the bottom layers of an organization streamline decision making? These positions are the ones who produce result and are core to successful R&D. Get rid of the fat cats sitting in Tower C (New London). I've seen cases where 4 Pfizer managers are manning one contractor. Senior Management had 7 years of using a strategy of amputation and degradation. Shame on Pfizer and its leadership


  10. "Not the place to live and work in your 20's"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Based on the large company size, Pfizer can offer higher salaries for similar science work. The company is also fairly flexible with time off and has good benefits for people interested in settling down in an area.

    There are out of work teams and sporting leagues, as Pfizer tries to emlpoyee a "healthy" philosophy. Funding recently has been cut for some activities.

    Cons

    Location: Eastern connecticut is pretty lousy as a place to live as a young employee. Not enough goes on and social interaction takes extra effort being so far from a city. Taxes in connecticut are steep and ridiculous. No beer after 9 or sundays. I wouldt not pick to live here again.

    Management/Structure: Most reviews and the whole review process does not reward those that really deserve it, and the rate of advancement is very poor for a non-PhD employee. Most managers routinely talk about places to go in ones career, and do very little to follow that up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your younger employees, give reasons and incentives to work for the company.

    My department has a young scientist attrition rate of about 50% in 2 years and 80% or more in 5 years.


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