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Pfizer Sandwich Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Sandwich, England (UK)

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  • Not very good work-life balance (in 67 reviews)

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

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  1. "service delivery manager"

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    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, enjoyable. Lots of development prospects.

    Cons

    Can be a great deal of pressure, depending on position held in company

    Advice to Management

    Spot signs of pressure affecting employee, and provide assistance.


  2. "Good company, particularly before globalisation"

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    Former Employee - Global Resource Manager in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Global Resource Manager in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment, very good colleagues, good working conditions. A very happy place to work. Great sports and social club. Mainly good managers.

    Cons

    Globalisation forced processes on sites that were not necessarily best practices. Rather they were less efficient in order for the less innovative and least productive sites to be able to adopt them.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the support given to productive sites regardless of where they are in the world. Try to be less 'american-centric' particularly less east coast centric.


  3. "Year-long Placement in Materials Characterisation"

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    Former Employee - Materials Characterisation Scientist in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Materials Characterisation Scientist in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Upward Mobility
    Valued Team Member
    Important Responsibilities
    Fun and Friendly Group

    Cons

    Lab tasks can sometimes seem repetitive as in all lab-based roles


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  5. "graduate scientist"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    not long there, for now everything seems ok for me

    Cons

    Sandwich is very small and boring city.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment and learning experience"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Intern in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of staff are very willing to take the time to meet and discuss careers, their work and answer questions. Cohesive work culture - people are very friendly.

    Cons

    Suffers from bureaucracy and a lack of communication between departments. I felt a little underutilised at times. Some staff force you to chase them up to reply to your emails.

    Advice to Management

    Make better use of us interns!


  7. "Good local culture but poor corporate mangement"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, great facilities

    Cons

    Poor management strategy / employee transparency

    Advice to Management

    Be more thoughtful of the impact of bad business decisions on employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, terrible location"

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    Former Employee - Research Inern in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Inern in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great, lots of young recent graduates, friendly atmosphere. Good food in the canteen, lots of cafes around the site.

    Cons

    Sandwich, Kent. You're in the middle of nowhere, literally can not walk to anything except other Pfizer buildings and fields. Canterbury is basically the only town in the area. The buildings are all those new 'high tech' complex type constructions, that have zero soul. Very high turnover of employees. I think many people were on ~2 year contracts.

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to give a toss about a company if you and everyone else in your team is on a 2 year contract. Build up a loyal workforce.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Too short and badly organised"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Huge amount of scientific knowledge and facilities on the whole were very good.

    Cons

    The department I worked for was new and badly thought out, some of the staff recruited were simply not suitable for the positions they were in.

    Advice to Management

    If you set up a new Tox dept hire experienced Tox people first and not from within.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "25 good years, last 5 much more difficult"

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    Former Employee - Production Director in Sandwich, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Production Director in Sandwich, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salaries. Good products and a history of treating staff fairly. Interesting work with a high technical content in some roles.

    Cons

    Currently a lot of uncertainty, lack of clear direction and the ever present knowledge that further downsizing will be happening soon.

    Advice to Management

    Give the staff a chance to regroup. The endless changes of the last few years have given the Research Organization little chance to focus on the discovery of new medicines



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