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Updated January 17, 2018
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Pfizer President & CEO Ian Read
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  • Long working hours & No Work life balance (in 74 reviews)

  • lack of job security, very matrixed and unclear who is the decision maker (in 51 reviews)

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  1. "20 Year Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Team Leader in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extensive resources
    World class training
    Vast pipeline
    An established and financially secure company
    Vision and strategy

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Resistant to change
    "shoot the messenger" culture
    Lack of trust
    Old boys club

    Advice to Management

    Create a culture where creative ideas and alternative viewpoints are valued. Many of the employees working there today, will tell you to keep your head down and don't create "waves" if you want your employment to last the next headcount reduction.


  2. "Not great"

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    Former Contractor - Formulation Research Associate in Pearl River, NY
    Former Contractor - Formulation Research Associate in Pearl River, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were very nice, flexible hours and nice general workplace environment very nice work site campus with pretty scenery

    Cons

    I needed to fight for the on the job training, they expected me to know how to do everything fresh out of college

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive about giving new hired adiquite training

  3. "Sr operator mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Senior Operator Mechanic in Carlisle, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Operator Mechanic in Carlisle, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dencent pay good training good benifits

    Cons

    Managenent doesnt worry about machinery

    Advice to Management

    Stoo having so many useless meetings and focus on production faults


  4. "Senior Scientist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Contractor - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you’re smart and a good people person you will succeed at Pfizer.

    Cons

    Big company bureaucracy. lack of job security, very matrixed and unclear who is the decision maker.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "Great Pay, flexible hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Lab Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Contractor - Lab Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends

    I have been working at Pfizer as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is above market average, research can be stimulating work

    Cons

    Significant culture of apathy in the workplace

    Advice to Management

    Employees work harder when given responsibility and given consequences for laziness


  6. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Pfizer provides a great benefit package

    Cons

    The pay rate is very low and the raises are terrible.


  7. "Good place if you are in sales or BD"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Groton, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Groton, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment and mostly great work colleagues

    Cons

    Expect loyalty but don't return the favor. Seems it depends which department you are in whether there is fair promotions etc.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at your VPs and Director levels and monitor if they are really qualified for those positions. In some departments it seems like there is a lot of favoritism. It will be very harsh to give your many employees less than 100% GPP when you just got a huge tax cut and had a solid year.

  8. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, worked with committed and engaged people

    Cons

    Overtime, Work/Life balance a challenge


  9. "Pfizer contractor"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good cafe, nice people but that's about it

    Cons

    Melancholy environment. The office is pretty sad and quiet.

    Advice to Management

    Make the place more lively


  10. "Experience as a sales rep"

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

    I worked at Pfizer full-time

    Pros

    Job has a lot of autonomy, great perks

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals, averaged a new manager every 2 years

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic goals to keep reps motivated


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