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Pfizer Reviews

Updated October 11, 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 (1)

    "Nowhere to go"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Half day Fridays
    - Work from home is practiced by many in company

    Cons

    -Little to no upward mobility
    -Sexism in the office, but in denial about it
    -People tend to rot here
    -Conservative culture with little to no innovation happening

    Advice to Management

    You have 2 kinds of people here. 1) Those who have worked in other companies, are ambitious and have emotional intelligence vs. 2) Those who have worked here so long that they have no outside comparison or perspective and have lost their sense of ambition - they are just there to collect a paycheck and get home zapped of all their energy. They will just rot here until they reach retirement age.


  2. "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good resources and good benefits.

    Cons

    Lacks strategy and long term vision
    Gender bias against women in top positions in research and development
    Lacks leadership in Cambridge Research

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Pfizer is just a PFaçade (treats people horribly!)"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big pharma, ability to work-from-home, so-so benefits

    Cons

    Horrible management, “jerks” culture is allowed & supported by execs, bullying tactics, good people are forced out by bad people who are threatened by those who would expose them & their incompetence

    Advice to Management

    Clean house of all toxic, dysfunctional, corrupt senior leaders, it hurts business.
    CEO & C-Suite should have some integrity and if they claim to have a “No Jerks” policy, ENFORCE IT!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Greedy company, not caring about emloyees"

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Lake Forest, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Nice colleagues
    Good funding for lab work
    There is nothing else I can think of as a pro

    Cons

    You pretty much work for HR and they are not helpful at all. They scare away candidates and can't find you good ones. You negotiate with them during hiring and they are the rudest and greediest. They don't budge for nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Defend your employees against HR, treat them fairly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with assets available

    Cons

    Naval gazing leadership, people are on edge and feel at the mercy of sheltered executive leadership. A lot of closed door meetings, and they have outside agencies trying to hire contract labor for less so they can cut more jobs . Like their stock, this is a sell situation.

    Advice to Management

    Downsizing highly educated opinion leaders and scientist employees in almost all major science hubs probably not the best public relations strategy. Your reverse merger is probably the least patriotic thing I've seen from Pharma in years.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Andover MA - Where scientists get a lobotomy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    401k and retirement top ups are generous. Compensation is pretty good. Job stability. Work life balance, flexibility.

    Cons

    Andover site has sedentary work culture. Heavy focus of compliance and routine. Relative to other pharma in the city, the site lacks youth, innovation, passion and ambition. Generally less educated and PhD level research and thinking. I felt slower and stupider while I was there. No one talks about science! Lots of lifers there content to just do time until they retire. Andover groups frequently feel and act like service labs for the "real scientists" in Cambridge. Politics and nepotism is rife, branding your science is more important than being good at it. On the more macro scale the company is constantly reorganizing, projects constantly get cut or become flavor of the month. Management does not prioritize research over shareholders or milking existing drugs (R&D budgets slashed year on year)

    Advice to Management

    Realize that most scientists are immune and cynical to the constant "corporate speak" by now. Reward and encourage smart thinking as opposed to factory like outputs. Compete with Boston area level of job opportunity (growth, work culture, non-salary benefits, innovation).


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Pfizer Rocky Mount"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rocky Mount, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rocky Mount, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good experience if you are the right person

    Cons

    no true commitment to quality, politics, outdated equipment and procedures. The definition of insanity.

    Advice to Management

    get another job, you suck

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Global Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global organization with a good OTC brands.

    Cons

    United States dominance. Doesn't allow for individual countries to shine through.

    Advice to Management

    Its okay to widen your cookie cutter boxes.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A job if you need one

    Cons

    Poor work life balance. Poor pay

    Advice to Management

    Look elsewhere


  10. "IT comtractor"

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    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was okay. I am being kind it's what you make of it but lots of scrutiny back stabbing not really a team cuz of some individuals

    Cons

    Hated the reviews after closing a ticket team leadership could have Been better

    Advice to Management

    Culture some are cool some are not


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