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Updated May 4, 2017
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  • Not very good work-life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • Job security due to continued company consolidations (in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Contract employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Groton, CT
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An excellent business that makes just about every medicine. Good place to get your start in the pharma industry.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated like 2nd class citizens. Layoffs were always possible but I was able to avoid it.

    Advice to Management

    My manager did very well, others not so much.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Former Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed corporate environment

    Flexible work space

    responsibilities given to interns as if they were full employees

    Cons

    Lack of connection with supervisors

    Hard to gauge what management was looking for, say one thing mean another, I'm not trying to infer or read minds.

    Advice to Management

    Be more direct, converse and engage with interns.


  3. "Senior Associate Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful work site. Work/life balance not too bad.

    Cons

    When layoffs are happening, very tense and competitive atmosphere. Very impersonal environment, they say that they want a good environment but allow management to use negative techniques to manage people.

    Advice to Management

    Employees will go the extra mile for you if you would not micromanage people or use techniques that are negative. You say you want to confront those behaviors but yet allow managers to continue to bully their subordinates and promote favorites at the expense of other employees.


  4. "Associate Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people work here; we work on some challenging problems and do some good science.

    Cons

    Splitting the "thinkers" and the "doers" of the science has created a culture where many lab scientists feel like they are CRO employees - just doing what others tell them to do rather than really doing cool science.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Lead"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Lead in New London, CT
    Former Employee - Administrative Lead in New London, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, innovative and working with experienced and dedicated scientists. I enjoyed working with them and supporting them with everything non-scientific. Great learning curve.

    Cons

    Too much stress with added work load. Doing more with less is the new paradigm. At times, promoting the wrong people into management positions.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise them to implement, improve and monitor their "No Jerks" policy in the workplace, rather than have these initiatives be just rhetorical.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Former glory of Pfizer is no longer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Information Manager in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Information Manager in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    great pay & benefits, in addition to competitive vacation and holiday schedules. Opportunity to grow within and outside of department for high performers, provided you're in the right group. Excellent technology. Flexible work arrangements (e.g., work at home, part-time, condensed work week, etc.).

    Cons

    too many and too frequent reorganizations, resulting in unnecessary upheaval. While not too common, cronyism can be an issue, depending on your group. Open space concept with no assigned seating is undesirable at best.

    Advice to Management

    Back when I started in the mid-nineties, Pfizer was the premier employer in this area, engaged employees, competitive (in a good way) yet fun environment, appropriate work-life balance, and opportunities for advancement, among other things, but then the mergers and reorganizations started. Please rethink your motivations, and remember that engaged, happy employees will provide much more return on investment than disengaged, miserable employees with a lack of direction. We are all waiting for the next ax to fall, and that's really not a great place to be.


  7. "Not the best, not the worst"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Associate in Groton, CT

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

    Pros

    Pay is above average for the area, but not for pharma.

    Cons

    Managers lacking in management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people to management positions without understanding their level of people skills.


  8. "Great to work for"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Groton, CT
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Groton, CT
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pfizer as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong leadership, fair compensation and solid work life balance.

    Cons

    Some areas do not allow much for career advancement and changes are made very slowly

    Advice to Management

    Provide mentor ship and a career path


  9. "A good company that couldn't make up its mind, completely killed research"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, team effort was high, everyone tried to deliver and exceed the expectations.

    Cons

    Management blaming teams for decisions that they had insisted on


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Take the good with the bad"

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    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Technical Coordinator in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with people who truly love the animals esp vet staff
    Compensation
    Encourage poster sessions, writing papers and being published
    Some times personal awards for excellent work or safety improvements

    Cons

    No life work balance
    Constant re-organization
    Lack of management
    Chaotic pressure filled environment
    Lack of room for growth potential


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