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Updated January 7, 2018
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  • Not very good work-life balance (in 74 reviews)

  • lack of job security, very matrixed and unclear who is the decision maker (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Health insurance, nice site, incentives to make you more active and health conscious. Great support from several services and technologies to make you work more efficiently

    Cons

    Depends on manager, some are people oriented other not. Split design/synthesis. Webex is used frequently. Small cafeteria for such a big site, lack of choice.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular


  2. "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.

  3. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New London, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New London, CT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people. Important mission. Facing challenging circumstances and an industry in transition. Well positioned to continue as the industry leader.

    Cons

    Industry challenges, pricing pressures and negative public perception combined with continuous rounds of layoffs have adversely affected morale and culture.


  4. 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.


  5. "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.


  6. "big company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    big company; a lot of resources; people are nice; good work life balance

    Cons

    when a company is this big, making quick change is not easy.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Former glory of Pfizer is no longer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Madison, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist in Madison, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer (More than a year)

    Pros

    Offer a lot of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    compensation is not competitive, especially if stay in the company for many years.

    Advice to Management

    Need to provide a secure and stable environment for scientist to be bold and innovative.


  9. "Many tools, start and stop (Groton) CRD"

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    Former Intern - Chemical Engineering Intern in Groton, CT
    Former Intern - Chemical Engineering Intern in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got comprehensive training(required) in clean room, EHS
    The equipment is top notch - EasyMax, OptiMax for API scale-up.. if you wanted to perform an experiment they would provide the necessary tools, not the other way around
    Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Cliquish nature
    Stop and go work flow
    Tight and relaxed deadlines
    Difficult to find longterm position


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great resources. There is a lot of teamwork and people are always open to better ways to do things. You really feel like you can make a difference. Senior leaders always showed they cared about people.

    Cons

    It's a big organization so not always easy to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to know your people, show your care and develop people.


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