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Pfizer Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • Not very good work-life balance (in 68 reviews)

  • Job security due to continued company consolidations (in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Mutinational Pharma"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Vega Baja, PR
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Vega Baja, PR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity to learn, lots to do.

    Cons

    Being a multinational company, not many opportunities for contractors to become employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to contracted personnel; follow your values.


  2. "Director Strategy and Analytics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, strong product portfolio, continuing investment

    Cons

    Revenue contraction driving aggressive cost cutting. Significant pending LOEs

    Advice to Management

    Invest in bio-similars to bridge transition, focus on partnerships or ventures to deliver information and product services in support of "precision medicine"


  3. "Field Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good teamwork atmosphere with focus on providing customer service at the local level.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy, poor middle managers.


  4. "Director, Team Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Broad range of domestic and global opportunities
    Diverse portfolio allows you learn different therapeutic areas

    Cons

    No clear talent management vision/strategy for majority of the organization
    Culture has diluted with each acquisition

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your talent and understand their strengths and align those to the needs of the business.
    Constant reorganization is a distraction from facing the real challenges of big pharma - lack of innovation.


  5. "App Publishing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - App Publishing in Collegeville, PA
    Former Employee - App Publishing in Collegeville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Team to work with

    Cons

    No Relocation assistance and long commute

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. "Contract employee"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Groton, CT
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An excellent business that makes just about every medicine. Good place to get your start in the pharma industry.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated like 2nd class citizens. Layoffs were always possible but I was able to avoid it.

    Advice to Management

    My manager did very well, others not so much.


  7. "Associate Director Clinical Operations"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director, Clinical Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Clinical Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits,lot of opportunities for training

    Cons

    Instability, layoffs, frequent restructuring, too much off shoring

    Advice to Management

    Make employees feel more important


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely bureaucratic"

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Collegeville, PA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Collegeville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, collegial working environment, fairly professional management. Work is fairly interesting when you actually get to the core of the job. (See "Cons" about this.)

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic - difficult to get things done.

    Extremely "vertical" - there are "tiers" of service and benefits, and double standards in conduct and professionalism depending how senior one is. Lots of silly BS corporate-speak like insisting on calling employees "colleagues." (Kind of like everyone at Wal-Mart is an "associate." Dumb and insulting.)

    The environment is subject to a lot of "change just for the sake of changing things." Senior management talks about evidence-based decisions, but in reality things are changed on a whim or even in the face of contrary evidence.

    In IT, it is very very difficult to advance unless you go the "people manager" track. Technical expertise is not especially valued, although again as I said in "Pros" people are pretty well compensated. That said, benefits have steadily eroded over the last 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing things up just to change them up.

    Cut red tape the way you'd cut a budget: "Okay, everyone, there are ____ fields in this service request tool. I want them cut by 10% by the end of the year. Find a way."


  9. Helpful (1)

    "it is ok"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, stock options, bonuses, and benefits

    Cons

    Every 2 years is a reorganization and you may lose your job


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good resume builder to lead to something else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k, vacation is nice and time is flexible. Work environment can be busy or calm at times.

    Cons

    Getting things done,not enough space, compensation is low and not enough development opportunities


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