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Pfizer Reviews

Updated January 18, 2019
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  • "work life balance challenging at times" (in 94 reviews)

  • "Dumped neuroscience portfolio, poor job security" (in 54 reviews)

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  1. "Customer Service serving a great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, starting pay, 401k, vacation time, etc.

    Cons

    It seems difficult to move up within the company for those starting their career


  2. "Good place to work with advancement opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

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

    Pros

    Good resources and benefits. Opportunities available to interface with cross-functional teams to better understand drug development.

    Cons

    Mediocre bonuses, no stock options

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Madison, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Madison, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible which is great for work/life balance. Pfizer Fridays run from the start of daylight savings to the end of it, so you only have a few months where you are working a full Friday. The Consumer division allows you to wear jeans daily if you choose to. Most people work from home on Fridays. Vacation starts at 15 days plus 2 personal days. Unlimited sick (not to be abused, but doesn't count against your vacation days). Decent maternity leave (6 weeks paid parental leave in addition to your disability time).

    Cons

    No growth opportunities or bonuses for non-exempts. Extremely poor annual increases.

    Advice to Management

    Enforce your no jerks policy. Too many good people have left from bad apples being allowed to spoil the bunch. Give bonuses to your non-exempts, we all help Pfizer to reach their goals no matter how small you view our role as being. Provide annual increases that actually keep up with the cost of living. It's really pathetic. When I started with the company my increases were 3-4%. Now it's under 2% and non-exempts are told that's "well above average". Anything less than $1.00 an hour is just disgraceful.


  4. "Strong company that is always moving around the deck chairs"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good products, usually decent leadership, good work/life balance

    Cons

    constantly reorganizing and restructuring, oftentimes promotions are based on perceptions and not reality of competencies


  5. "A good place to work with caveats"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Pretty good compensation
    Very good work life balance

    Cons

    Pfizer being an easy coast company, opportunity for career growth is limited on the west coast. Promotions are random, you see a few go from senior manager to senior director in months, leaving one scratching ones head. Meanwhile others slugging away are stuck in their roles for years

    Advice to Management

    The merry go round of organizational changes is so old. Two years later we often end up where we started. Add some logic to promotions, a producer of good PowerPoint decks and a good networker should not be primary reasons to promote someone


  6. "KAM (ISS)"

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    Former Employee - KAM/ISS in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - KAM/ISS in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many Resources and Established Business methodologies.

    Cons

    Like many large companies, the mission to the consumer is often lost in day to day activities.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to see things through the eyes of a patient and health systems


  7. "I like working here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay 12 hrs

    Cons

    Cant think of any cons

  8. "great place to work in"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    ethical management, inclusive culture and friendly environment

    Cons

    none that i can think of


  9. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Remote, OR
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent diverse environment within HR Sales.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.

    Advice to Management

    All great with the management I've communicated eith.


  10. "scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great teams, knowledgable people, good to start your scientist career

    Cons

    Plateaus career growth and develpoment

    Advice to Management

    continue the good work!