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Pfizer San Diego Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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  • Long working hours & No Work life balance (in 73 reviews)

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

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  1. "Fast pace working environment"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefit including backup daycare, onsite gym (NOT for free), onsite clinics, diverse cultural programs

    Cons

    Very fast pace and unstable. Not very good work-life balance. Rare travel opportunities for conferences. You never know when you will be let go.

    Advice to Management

    Have better colleague recognition and rewarding system to encourage positive behaviors


  2. "Clinical Contractor"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company name, budgets for materials and legacy accomplishments.

    Cons

    Static. Growth was tough for all levels, turn over was high and layoffs were regular. Management tried, some got axed, overall feel of clinging on.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers who can empower their workers.

  3. "BT Business Partner"

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    Current Employee - Business Technology in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Technology in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary, flexibility in schedule, benefits

    Cons

    Large organization, sometimes difficult to change and get things done


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great overall experience"

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    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Analytical Chemist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, good benefits, health insurance, great faculty, the management is also very knowledgeable overall.

    Cons

    Management can be strict, red tape policies, can be hard to get policies or research through appropriate channels


  5. "Learned a lot"

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    Former Employee - Lis Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Lis Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best work and skill gaining experience ever!

    Cons

    Contractors not being allowed to received equal onsite benefits as permanent employees.

    Advice to Management

    Never put yourself above others, we are all equals


  6. "Analytical Scientist"

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    Current Contractor - California in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - California in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The communication, emphasis on detail, and efficiency in the lab and between groups is of the highest quality. Top notch equipment and supplies.

    Cons

    Fluctuation of workload, consisting of times with intense deadlines, and times with multi-project work which demands good organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are doing.


  7. "Good place to work with room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Enthusiastic colleagues.

    Cons

    Hard to get things done specially when projects involve collaboration across multiple groups.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work if an employee"

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of sharp people working there who appear to be treated pretty well by the company .

    Cons

    Contractors were treated as second class citizens. Pay was competitive but things like having to park in a lot 1/4 mile away was a little ridiculous.


  9. "VP R&D"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing candidate pipeline and increasing focus in unmet medical needs in oncology and neuroscience.

    Cons

    Slow to adapt and become a more innovative, entrepreneurial organization to better meet the needs of patients and the evolving healthcare landscape.


  10. "Highly recommended"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Tons of resources to learn
    2. Smart people to work with
    3. Plethora of opportunities to create impact

    Cons

    Operational inefficiencies
    Takes time to get things done

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on research and employee retention


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