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Pfizer Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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  • Not very good work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Healthcare Representative in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Healthcare Representative in Stockton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy day to day activities

    Cons

    same old thing, training is brutal

    Advice to Management

    be creative


  2. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, tuition support, recognized brand

    Cons

    old school thinking, rigid, not very friendly envrionment


  3. "Batch Release Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Batch Release Specialist in Rocky Mount, NC
    Current Employee - Batch Release Specialist in Rocky Mount, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Decent work culture.
    Tuition Reimbursement.

    Cons

    Very poor communication straight across the board.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more effectively with employees.


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  5. "Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits plus nice office

    Cons

    Very political environment; no backbone to standup to HQ; all decisions based on Deloitte Consulting's guidance; continuous outsourcing and reorganization even during heavy M&A; all is done to please leaders at the top which prevents honest communication; roles are eliminated constantly; HQ doesn't know or understand reality but works hard to project the image that they do

    Advice to Management

    work towards more inclusive environment; seek input from broader group than the chosen few favorites; consider work activities in NY that could easily be accomplished in Memphis at lower cost (but leaders turn blind eye to & instead continue to move Memphis activities offshore)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Slow to React - Pfizer is a follower not a Leader. Business by Acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good People to work with

    Cons

    Work-Life balance is bad, especially after acquisitions or new leadership looking to make own mark on organization. Low mobility, bring in contractors to fill void. Bad at training, and talented people have careers temporarily stalled.

    Advice to Management

    Move on to another company (Job is a Hatchet man). In Shared Services Org over 12 years we had 6 VP's in charge and 4 retired or left company. You start this job with one step out the door.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big Pharma"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company goal is to better the lives of patients across the world.

    Cons

    Large corporation with very limited vertical or horizontal mobility.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Regulatory data and document scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Data and Document Scientist in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Data and Document Scientist in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Big company and awesome work culture

    Cons

    salary is very low as compared to other companies in the market


  9. "Professional healthcare rep"

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    Former Employee - PHR in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - PHR in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits great products marketing team supportive

    Cons

    Micro manager box checking not true sales wanted robots

    Advice to Management

    Let your people sell..quit focusing on the unimportant and promote and harvest true talent..


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Research has stagnated over the last 15 years."

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is decent.
    I actually don't mind the open office in Cambridge.
    Some great people. Chaos allows some freedom to operate

    Cons

    The the layers of management are many.
    Nepotism
    Morale is low at the east coast sites.
    Constant talk about mergers.

    Advice to Management

    Either spin-off research once and for all, or commit to it.


  11. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Allows independent working environment..minimal micromanagement. Work environment lean and fellow employee have a true interest in creating viable treatments/medications.

    Cons

    To upper management, it often feels like you are just a number. Seems the emphasis is more on the next company/ they can buy as opposed to valuing and taking the work of you employees seriously.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building the talents within as opposed to simply trying to secure your future profits through the purchase of other companies to obtain patent rights for the work they did. Show some initiative to create a name for yourself.


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