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Pfizer Connecticut Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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  • Long working hours & No Work life balance (in 73 reviews)

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

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  1. "Perhaps the grass is greener elsewhere... but be careful where you step"

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

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

    Pros

    Unmatched medical benefits. While the cost and co-pays continue to creep up, the coverage and prescription benefits are fantastic. I have very flexible working arrangements, and they're easy to come by. I don't miss the kid's sports games, I can leave early and come in late when necessary. I have access to high tech gadgets, ample free parking, and I get four weeks of vacation a year (roll over max five days). I don't come in when I'm sick and don't have to use vacation to do that. The work is challenging and rewarding. We bring important medicines to patients and make them better.

    Cons

    Corporate nonsense. But that exists everywhere. The industry is a punching bag for liberal pundits everywhere so we always have to defend ourselves. The open space environment in Groton, CT is annoying. And the drive to outsource everything makes things very difficult to get good results. Spend lots of time rewriting documents that where written overseas in order to make them coherent. Promotions are not easily available. In order to get promoted in the lower ranks, you must make a job change.

    Advice to Management

    Rewarding performance with a promotion is NOT a bad thing. Seriously. It's ok.


  2. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation. Excellent work / life balance. Well organized. Intelligent co-workers. Great gym. Two Starbucks on site.

    Cons

    No cons whatsoever. This app requires me to write 20 words in this field before I can submit my review.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!

  3. "Pretty good overall"

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    Current Employee - Long Term Employee in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Long Term Employee in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent pay

    Cons

    Cut backs too deep, expect too much work out of too small of a staff.


  4. "Not the best, not the worst"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Principal Research Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist; Compound Safety Prediction in Groton, CT
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist; Compound Safety Prediction in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, employee support and career development programs, work campus, research facilities, IT support, health programs, social activities, volunteer opportunities.

    Cons

    High turnover at the very top and bottom, change in corporate direction a bit frequent in recent years, some major moves/initiatives weren't well planned and caused employee relocation stress.

    Advice to Management

    Plan every detail well in advance, even if/when the plan changes. The perks are great but to retain the best talent you need more continuity of purpose and mission.


  7. "Great to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "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.


  9. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Mystic, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Mystic, CT

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, exciting portfolio, love working within my field of expertise!

    Cons

    Constant job uncertainty, feeling unsettled


  10. "Pfizer Summer Student Program"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Business Analyst Intern in Groton, CT
    Former Intern - Business Analyst Intern in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent introduction to corporate america and pharmaceuticals in general. Great opportunity to learn about various aspects of their IT department. There were weekly meetings to learn about management's role at the company, and how to succeed at Pfizer in the long term.

    Cons

    You would meet with your manager weekly to discuss projects and goals, more interaction would have been beneficial. Assigned one project, should of been given more projects.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen student worker program, and begin to offer full time positions to best interns after completion of internships.


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