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Pfizer Senior Director Reviews

Updated 5 Jun 2020

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4.3
65%
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55%
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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla
Albert Bourla
4 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "questionable ethics and cut throat management"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart people on the research and product side, global organization

    Cons

    Arrogant, uses its size to bully vendors, employees are just pawns

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Always changing"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing is constant at Pfizer, only change. Sometimes it seems that we change for the sake of changing, but after ~11 years, I have perceived the transformation into a leaner and more agile organization. There was a lot of pain, for sure, but without a doubt, Pfizer is a much better place today than 10 years ago.

    Cons

    Very little, very little support on career progression. The official line of top management /HR is that each individual is completely responsible of his/her own development. That's true up to a point. On a daily basis it feels as if the company washes its hands from any role in the professional development of its employees. I guess this is a luxury that the company can afford, given its location and reputation: why should the company invest in developing talent if it can hire whomever it wants at any moment?

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Quality of colleagues overall is good, particularly those that are individual contributors. They work hard and are very conscientious. There is good cross functional collaboration around projects. The company is large and because of its size can leverage for access to a wide array of resources that may not be available at small companies.

    Cons

    Pfizer was once a great place to work, however, today in order to make Wall Street's number the company is too focused on short term gains that are gotten by cutting and squeezing efficiencies out of programs. Five years ago there was quite a bit of "fat" that could be trimmed, however today the programs are so lean that they really do not even have the minimum amount of resources needed to be successful. The cuts are beginning to run so deep that serious mistakes are being made that I am afraid may lead to safety issues. In addition Pfizer is also having a cultural crisis. They have implemented two policies called Own It and Straight Talk, which on their surface sound great. However, in reality the corporate culture is still to do things as they have always been done. The company is closed minded to innovative ways of doing things and many in management only want people who say yes to anything, not employees who are trying to make the best decisions for patients, the company and shareholders. Unfortunately it is a "what is in it for me only" mentality. I am less than bullish on the company prospects as the company continues to shrink and not invest in new assets.

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  4. "One of the best companies to work for."

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great company, job benefits, salary, office decor, office equipment, exposure to multiple countries, great work-life balance, and ability to weather downturns in the economy

    Cons

    The site leadership at the local level changes very often (i.e. 2 yr avg). When wevhad good people in place, they are removed to fast and now we have a site leader that can't be trusted.

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  5. "Huge company collapsing on itself as revenue declines from product LoEs reduce the number of developmental opportunities"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Product Management in Collegeville, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, excellent LTI for strong performance, diversity of businesses

    Cons

    Collegeville marketing jobs are being moved to New York, "No jerks" management philosophy is not matched by senior leaders who advance

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great flexible schedule for working remotely"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Medical Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Schedule and location as well as benefits

    Cons

    Work hours, budget cuts and too many changes in leadership

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Was once a great company; now trying to find itself"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Large company with many opportunities for career growth. They value and encourage movement across departments thereby enabling you to develop professionally. - Great people who are incredibly intelligent and hard working. Made some great friends there. - A leader in a very interesting industry. Great resume builder!!

    Cons

    - Company has been going through reorgs since 2007 and employees are suffering from change fatigue. So there are some morale issues though I have heard that it has gotten better since the last round of changes at the end of 2013. - People work hard and depending on the position you are in, it's often difficult to get work/life balance. The culture allows for contact all times of the day and weekend (emails). The leaders say they don't expect an immediate response but everyone does anyway so it looks bad if you don't. - Decreased job security given the dismal pipeline and constant reorgs.

  8. "Easy to work with as a team"

    5.0
    Former Contractor - Senior Accountant in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Pfizer for less than a year

    Pros

    Great management and leadership in place

    Cons

    Need more focus on short-term objectives

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pfizer global marketing"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    Constant Layoffs, poor and declining morale

  10. "Great company to work in!"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Team Leader in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources, opportunities for growth, very diverse, great health insurance, compensation is fair, the sky is the limit as far as what you can do- you have to know how to navigate this big organization though...

    Cons

    As every big company, this one is not different. It's political, tough to navigate and slow to take decisions. Those who manage up- are usually rewarded by Senior. Management.

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