Pfizer Reviews in Connecticut

Updated 26 August, 2014
Updated 26 August, 2014
1,108 Reviews

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1,108 Reviews
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Pros
  • Benefits,Growth opportunities, diversity, supports work life balance, employee gym (in 61 reviews)

  • They offer good pay and benefits (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is sometimes compromised because of the workload of activities (in 27 reviews)

  • Dynamic industry does not lend to job security (in 31 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist  in  Groton, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Groton, CT (US)

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They do good science and have lots of money to throw at projects.

    Cons

    Very big place, so it is easy to get lost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Well-paid to be part of the machine

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    Former Employee - Associate Director of Finance  in  Groton, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director of Finance in Groton, CT (US)

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not a lot of hours, not a lot work-responsibility stress. People claimed they worked long hours, but the parking lot seemed pretty empty at 8am and at 6pm.

    Cons

    Stress about whether you were going to have a job through the endless rounds of layoffs. It was unclear what exactly got someone promoted. In a big, functionally-oriented company, it was hard to see how your contribution really made a difference. With the rapid growth in the 1990s, the mergers, and the endless rounds of downsizing, there is absolutely no authentic culture left. Just a bunch of folks who are passing through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously, stop buying other companies. Trying running the company well. But I guess it is easier to merge with another huge company, fire a bunch of people, and pretend that you have wrung cost savings out of the business. Doing less with less people is not "cost savings."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Innovative and fast moving for "Big Pharma"

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    Former Employee - Director  in  New London, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Director in New London, CT (US)

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Scale
    Very professional work environment
    Dedicated employees
    Worthwhile mission

    Cons

    Upheaval - non stop acquisitions and restructuring. Considerable layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few critical initiatives and grow by developing your own drugs instead of buying them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Regulatory Associate Intern

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Associate  in  Groton, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Associate in Groton, CT (US)

    I have been working at Pfizer as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    work-life balance, good perks and good campus

    Cons

    not as I know of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience with good research and great colleagues damaged by frequent restructuring, changing priorities and M&A .

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Groton, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Groton, CT (US)

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I was a scientist at the bench who found lots of challenge, personally fulfilling research and excellent resources (equipment budget, reagents) for work. My immediate colleagues were great co-workers with a sense of team.

    Cons

    Developing a product that requires several years to market is impossible with when reprioritizing, restructuring and site closures occur every six months. There was churn in the personnel in upper management and there was lack of clarity of research goals in middle management. There was little opportunity for career growth for scientists within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and leadership team. Then stick with it for several years. Otherwise it's impossible to tell what the 'results' of the strategy are. If workers report that their management is erratic or ineffective, listen those comments and take action.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well paid, but a part in a machine

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    Current Employee - Associate Director  in  Groton, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Groton, CT (US)

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Working at Pfizer was not stressful, reasonable hours, not a lot of pressure to accomplish something every single day

    Cons

    Because there wasn't a lot of pressure, if you wanted to actually move fast and accomplish something, it was hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Typical big corporation where someone who happened to be in the right place at the right time would get promoted. But not necessarily because they were particularly good at their job. This hinders the respect they have from subordinates and limits the subordinates development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist  in  Groton, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Groton, CT (US)

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    they have a great benefits

    Cons

    the are constantly laying offs

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, it's been a good ride...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regulatory Manager  in  Groton, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Regulatory Manager in Groton, CT (US)

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are all you could ask for, and the company does a lot for the local and global communities.Most of all, I really appreciate my amazing co-workers, who care about what they do and are committed to delivering new medicines to patients. The company does a great job of keeping people focused on what's important and tries to make it easier to get your work done.

    Cons

    Having said that, it's a really big company, so it CAN be hard to get things done sometimes. It's also been difficult to see so many of my coworkers lose their jobs. Job security hasn't been great in recent years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I had a great experience as an Engineering Co-op at Pfizer, Inc in Engineering Technologies.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op  in  Groton, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Groton, CT (US)

    I worked at Pfizer as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As a student, I was assigned on-going work that actually made an impact on the group I was working in. There was little to no typical intern work which made the whole experience more worthwhile.

    Cons

    It is a large company, so at times communication between different groups was difficult and as a Co-op I was not included in the summer student program even though I was there during that time and had to be proactive about finding out what events were happening.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Hartford, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Hartford, CT (US)

    I have been working at Pfizer as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked with highly experienced award winning sales rep that mentor you.

    Cons

    Job security is lacking in this industry.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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