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Updated May 4, 2017
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  • Not very good work-life balance (in 71 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Pfizer loses sight of core values - the medicines for the worlds patients."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pfizer's benefits are far and above better than most companies of this size. Included are a company match for a 401K, excellent health benefits with a paid prescription plan, both a paid maternity and paternity leave of 6 weeks, and other health, educational, and financial benefits. In addition to the benefits, the breadth of scientific knowledge is quite impressive.

    Cons

    Because of the size, politics is very pronounced especially in regards to projects, budgets, and the all important compensation. The lack of leadership has devastated this company and is eating at the core of the company, its scientists. Many excellent people have left for other companies and professions. The strive to please Wall Street and the "shareholders" has hurt the core research with management making decisions to hit numbers instead of doing good science. In addition, a total lack of communication from upper management is quickly decaying any morale and trust the employees have with the people leading our company. Compensation is a highly suspect and a year of good work can be downgraded to allow others to "fit" into a specific bucket or grade. This highly subjective method for grading an employee is demoralizing and doesn't promote consistent performance or giving the extra effort.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to focus on the research again instead of trying to continually grow this company! Our leadership has gone away from the principles of what our company stands for and needs to look beyond making money and shift their focus to the patients.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Business Technology"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is excellent. Benefits are better than my previous companies.

    Cons

    You are expected to work and be available at all times. No work-life balance. Every project is an emergency - no one plans ahead. People are very disrespectful to others. If you do not respond to email within a few minutes, they escalate to upper management. You are expected to be communicating in IM and emails even during meetings. No one bothers to busy-search calendars; they just schedule you when convenient for them and expect you to show up. A large percentage of these meetings are scheduled same-day or the day before, but after hours.

    Advice to Management

    They will not care about my advice.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible job security, layoffs constantly."

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OK pay
    Good paper towels
    Freedom to work at your own pace
    Now I'm just typing to satisfy the 20 word minimum
    Pfizer GROTON is bad. Pfizer anywhere else may be ok

    Cons

    Not sure how long you'll be there. Pretty much month to month
    Everyone is scared for their jobs
    Somber atmosphere
    Everyone is looking for jobs elsewhere
    Hard work doesnt get noticed by management
    If they're gonna lay you off, they will. It doesn't matter how hard you work

    Advice to Management

    They are given the word that they must cut costs because Pfizer is in serious financial trouble. So one puppet thumps his chest and looks to lay people off below him. But soon enough, the whole campus will be closed. Its just a matter of time, nothing can change it.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A decade of constant turmoil and strife"

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

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits, at least as of now (although benefits and compensation are being curtailed). Some talented co-workers and top notch scientists but most of the top talent is leaving because of recent changes.

    Cons

    No clear direction from Sr. Management. A chaotic environment where urgent projects are cancelled without notice, sites are closed and colleagues relocated yearly, years of work are discarded and each wave of re-organization lowers morale further. Positions are often created, filled and then eliminated within a 6-10 month time frame. Pfizer has a long history of hiring people into sites that close within a week of their start date. The leadership has proven time and again to be completely untrustworthy. Whatever they say, believe the opposite. Beware working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Read Demming's book "Out of the Crisis" and understand that the current state of Pfizer has little to do with the scientists within R&D and everything to do with the management of R&D. Despite their culpability, the actual management is essentially intact (in fact I'd wager that R&D has move VPs than ever) and cost cutting has been achieved by eliminating the scientists the create value for the organization and its intellectual property. I know of no VP that has created any new value, they only evaluate the value generated by someone else. There is now a mismatch; those who manage value (evaluate it) now outnumber those who create value. It's akin to a factory that has more inspectors than line workers and machinery. Only a few number of products come off the assembly line, but those that do are scrutinized by an army of inspectors who are compensated and rewarded for finding faults. When the business owners complain about the lack of productivity, the inspectors eliminate more line workers and machinery making the problem worse. As such, initiatives like ESI are likely doomed to failure.


  5. "Pfizer creates politicians not medicines"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, nothing else, nothing else, nothing else (had to enter 5 pros)

    Cons

    Political atmosphere, unbearable bureaucracy, best talent continues to leave, ready-fire-aim business strategy, decisions based on leaders personal interests and never around making best science decisions or even decisions in best benefit of company

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and allow scientists to make decisions.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Get Owned by the OWN IT culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - R&D in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, ability to work from home.

    Organization changes often. If you don't like you're job, it will eventually change.

    Cons

    No work life/balance - project managers openly state that working nights and weekends are built in to project timeline assumptions.

    R&D organization changes so often that no one really knows the expectations of their own role or the roles of others on their team. This results in a lack of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a single org structure long enough to work out all of the kinks before moving on to something new.

    Abandon your current outsourcing strategy. It is not working.

    Remove the words "Work/Life Balance" from your recruiting and benefits literature. It is a lie.


  7. "Have you noticed your employee's are not engaged?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation/holiday time.

    Cons

    Paralyzed with indecision. Then, when a decision is made, it makes things worse. Things have been spiraling out of control for years. Too many layers of middle management, who essentially do nothing. My boss's boss was famous for that. Working approx. 6 hours a day...or should I say present for 6 hours, but usually on personal phone calls or attempting to manage up to a better position. Even though a consulting firm recommended Pfizer NOT outsource our team, Pfizer in it's infinite wisdom decided to do just that, and this manager stood idly by...spending his days looking for a new position as the boat sank.

    Advice to Management

    I think Senior management could have cut their own salaries instead of cutting so many jobs. Obviously their performance means nothing when considering the continuation of their jobs. Somehow, all the talented, hard-working people managed to get laid off while inept managers took no responsibility and kept their positions. Now, as the years pass, still nothing fills the pipeline....most likely due to the fact that they laid off all the talented, hard-working people. Anyone lucky enough to survive now exists in an atmosphere of fear and distrust. Constantly waiting for the other show to drop, these people are hardly engaged. Also, the Pfizer values look good on paper, but no one really in management follows them. Of course, they expect the workers to follow them.

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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