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Wyeth Reviews

Updated March 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Generally it has Work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Good benefits and work life balance (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • very political and no longer mattered what you knew but who you knew (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Animal Vaccine Unit Uses Too Much Of It's Product; Becomes Infected With Delusional Management Syndrome"

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    Former Employee - Principal Lead Scientist II in Fort Dodge, IA
    Former Employee - Principal Lead Scientist II in Fort Dodge, IA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you are looking for a 'job' in R+D, feel very attached to North Central Iowa and want/need to be able to constantly remind yourself that you used to be a real scientist... maybe this could work for you.

    Cons

    Absolutely zero scientific innovation in R+D, equipment is ancient (and if they tell you that they are working on a capital improvement plan> they aren't), no budget. Product innovation for 'new' vaccine products consists of incremental reformulations of existing vaccines and seriously strained interpretations of the data to support their claims. Senior management consists of a gang of college roommates who actually bow to the EVP and don't even leave the office at night without emailing him. A very stratified culture that embraces top-down management and demands that every idea must originate with the EVP.

    All programs are initially contracted out to academic groups for incredible amounts of money at the outset and the resulting hairball is transfered to Ft. Dodge at the last minute for potential Lazarus resuscitation by FDAH staff without 10% of the resources.

    Management has adopted the 'rule by terror' approach to every aspect of the day, from screaming at the admin assistants to complaining about the font style used in a report to assigning blame for vaccine product animal trial outcomes that don't hit expectations and admonishing bench scientists for dress code violations!. Absolutely zero positive feedback..., the very best you can do is break even on your best day, weather the criticism on your average day and gird your loins for some serious smackdown when your group has a result that doesn't fit expectations.

    There used to be a ratio of 1 manager level and above for every 2 bench scientists, an organizational structure that encourages in-fighting and competitiveness among the 'chiefs'. Every project is done by two competing groups with unequal resource allocation which represents an attitude amongst the management that the market competition exists only inside the walls of the lab rather than between FDAH and it's competitors. This competition seems to promote personal behaviors on the part of management that deliver the desired experimental output via Photoshop to the point that you might have trouble recognizing your own data at a presentation.

    Advice to Management

    Give yourselves a shot of humility, do the honorable thing and resign en masse.

    There is value in doing the heavy lifting required to research and develop animal vaccines to protect and enhance our livestock and food supply. There is no value in the "Dry Lab"... and no honor either.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Every Person and Every Job Counts, this is the false statement claimed by Wyeth."

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    Current Employee - DSM Research Analyst in Collegeville, PA
    Current Employee - DSM Research Analyst in Collegeville, PA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Something that come to mind but is not just Wyeth is the discovery of new drugs. But at this point Wyeth has been failing at that also. They are in a great location from my home, and the pond view from lunch area is nice. But it should with the money wasted on landscaping, and then we can watch management fly in every morning on the helicopter only to waste more money to hire 2 pilots’ fuel and a limo ride from the landing area to the front door.

    Cons

    Management is very top heavy, Wyeth is in the process of lay-offs but I have not heard or seen any upper management leave yet (Only by choice). Benefits are horrible compared to other Pharm. Companies. Always looking to downsize, cut pay and push more products with less. If you get hired at Wyeth you will probably get hired with a large salary then someone that has been there for 5 yrs. Note the raises and bonuses if that’s what you want to call it are bad. And one last tip is, remember you are rated on a scale, but management can only give out so many 5 or 4's some be prepared to get bad reviews out of policy not workmanship..

    Advice to Management

    What is with all the meeting? I have never seen a company have so many meeting about everything? If our management was more hands on with projects and not so much micromanagers. There are some managers that sit all day on the computer and claim they are so busy, have no time because of meeting but then when you see them that are trading stocks. Most have just been around so long they got to where they are. Now they sit and wait for retirement but have been around long enough to talk the talk. And nobody will step up to the plate to defend their area; a great example would be the management in the research area.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Failing"

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    Current Employee - Sourcing in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sourcing in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A big Global company with lots of room to go up the tree. The salaries levels are good in the market. They are good at developing drugs that work and everyones main focus is on this area.

    Cons

    The Senior Management are very poor, with dictats that are sent but not implemented. Wyeth are the type of company to spend millions on consultants either in a strategic basis or operationally. Not that it matters as the strategic work will not be implemented and the operational work will never be managed properly. There is not enough real work in most departments and a lot of paid attendance. Management throughout the organisation are poor with lack of clearly defined and measured objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Work out where you want to be, aim for it and don't change that path every 5 minutes. Give staff some empowerment and get better managers


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Auditor
    Former Employee - Auditor

    Pros

    the health, medical and dental benefits

    Cons

    career tracks does not exist and mgmt is not consistent with helping all its employees to develop towards other positions.

    Advice to Management

    get to know the employees directly and do not rely solely on managers' input.


  6. ""Nice work environment. But employee morale too low.""

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues and the work environment is collegial. Some great managers who are smart and provide support and real solutions to problems. Really good scientists in many areas of expertise. Flexible work schedule and nice vacation plan.

    Cons

    Lack of scientific rigor. Extremely metrics driven without regards to quality of research.
    Too much focus on generating data that are sometimes meaningless but help managers meet project deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Metrics are important but not at the cost of quality of work.
    Set realistic and achievable goals. Emphasize good quality science.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A Tough Future for Wyeth"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Valley Forge, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Valley Forge, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Largest employer in the area with nice facilities. An expanding pipeline of pharmaceutical products. A value and growth company with a future with the right management.

    Cons

    Incompetence and favoritism. Afraid to invest in new technology. Management bias against minorities’ and specially woman. Some international management have no people skills and the attitude is "My way or no way" or give me something and I will be nice to you. You have to always watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be honest and check the facts before making a decision. Don't transfer problematic and underperforming managemnt because he knows B. Poussot. Where is HR during the hiring process?


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Please don't ruin this company...."

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salaries are 'okay' but still below industry standards. It's location makes it an easy commute for many.

    Cons

    The company is undergoing a restructuring which they term "project impact". There is a constant threat of layoffs and almost no opportunity for advancement. Salaries have been impacted and some departments are experiencing a staffing shortage. Employee moral is at an all-time low which management does acknowledge, though they refuse to do anything about it.

    The company has changed radically in a short amount of time. There is little to no opportunity for advancement and few incentives to go above and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to communicate more with the employees. There is a lot of tension as changes seem to be happening week-by-week with little to no advance notice. With employee satisfaction at an all time low, employees are tense, irritable, over-worked and stressed out.

    In the long run, the company will be hurt, as those of us that are good, loyal employees are getting tired of being treated like dirt. Contrary to what you think, there are plenty of jobs in the industry where experience is valued. You are not 'weeding out the bad apples' so much as forcing out good people who know they can thrive elsewhere.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Wyeth Not."

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Andover, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, Location, Location. Friendly experienced co-workers. Parking garage on site. With layoffs looming there's always a chance of getting a nice package on the way out the door. Maybe the devil you know is better than the devil you don't.

    Cons

    Lots of uncertainty. Rumor mill is full of bad news and speculation. Most of the rumors eventually come true. Extremely low morale. Pay and benefits are being whittled away. Management treats us like we're stupid, using excuses like "standardizing pay practices" when they're really nickel and diming us on pay and benefits. While other biotechnology companies invest billions of dollars building brand new manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts (like Bristol Meyers in Ayer), our management is convinced that manufacturing cannot be profitable in MA and is summarily destroying it.

    Advice to Management

    Remember our company value "Respect for People".

    Manufacturing management believes that creating a harsh work environment will weed out the lower 10% and leave them with a smaller, leaner "all-star team". Reality check, your "all stars" are leaving.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Unhappy at Wyeth"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Frazer, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Frazer, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    3 weeks starting vacation. People are generally good to work with until they get a good look at what is going on around them.

    Cons

    Management is the problem in many areas. Never a compliment given to most employees. Always a "we need to get more out of them" attitude. Horrible pay raises across the board for non-exempts. Politics. If you know the right people..... and of course the layoffs or should I say reduction-in-force. Huge corporation, billions in profits and I saw a pay raise for a deserving person last year of $400 (four hundred dollars).

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Ask for a free lance opinion from all of your people and listen to what they say. The talent drain and stifled attitude comes from a "I'm not sticking my neck out" way of thinking.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "There is a lot of room for improvement at this workplace."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Pearl River, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Pearl River, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonably competitive salary and benefits such as 3 wks of vacation, flexible summer hours, pension plan on top of 401k retirement plan.

    Cons

    Lack of support or respect for talent, lack of genuine team spirit, top-down management style, excessive regulatory burdens, not a fun environment to work.

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees with more opportunities and freedom to utilize their unique talents and try out innovative methods that may lead to better R&D drug discoveries, allow more individuals to travel to relevant meetings for professional development.



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