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Pfizer San Francisco Reviews

Updated May 5, 2017
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  • Not very good work-life balance (in 69 reviews)

  • job security due to cost cutting (in 49 reviews)

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  1. "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company great products

    Cons

    Low salaries, terrible CRM system


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Big Pharma"

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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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    ""Big pharma" as you would expect."

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented scientists. Funding for projects, if you can demonstrate value, is not difficult to come by. Though it's a huge company, it's still easy to make a name for yourself if you're exceptional at your job, though it does take time.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. It's a gigantic company. Very political regarding promotions. Nearly impossible to move up in the role you are hired into.

    Advice to Management

    I was told when I was first hired by colleagues that it would be "nearly impossible" to be promoted from the role I was hired into. That has proven very true. It seems the only (or at least the fastest) way to move up is by moving to a different position, on a different team. This is disruptive to operations. Instead of hiring new people, look to promote more inside the company - retention and morale will both go up.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good drug pipeline, and track record of bringing molecules to the clinic

    Cons

    Work life balance could be better.


  6. "Professional Healthcare Rep."

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Long history, reputation for blockbuster drugs. Managed care coverage. Very extensive training

    Cons

    'boys club' - rarely promotes women. Need to relocate in order to advance. Micro-managing, DM's think they need to dictate and not be a team player.

    Advice to Management

    Advance from within, and not those who are always at top of ranking report - they don't always make good managers.


  7. "Overall Very Good Employer"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work at Pfizer you can expect: Structured work environment, Great products, Decent Budget, Good intell data, Great Reputation from doctors

    Cons

    As with all companies of Pfizer's size at times you are nothing more than a number. To succeed at Pfizer it is best to be non-opinionated and follow the scripts.

  8. "My experience with Pfizer was mainly positive but has challenges as with any large company."

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits.
    Excellent training and tools to help you advance in the company.

    Cons

    Extremely corporate and bureaucratic not readily open to innovative ideas.
    Very slow to change.
    Say they care about employees but we are really just a number.
    Wants you to focus on job as priority rather than personal life. You have to work hard to keep balance.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in "the trenches" we have more direct contact with the key stakeholders: patients and HCP's vs the shareholders. Focus on the patients, HCPs and employees, sales performance and the stock price will improve.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fast Paced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Resume builder that's about it

    Cons

    They are very cheap with reviews and NO bonuses or stock (ESPP)


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