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 (1)

    "Politics, continues org changes but great experience"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great culture, innovative, focus on excellence and great opportunities to learn and grow your career

    Cons

    Politics, on-going org restructures distracting people and adjusting plans over and over

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  2. "Lucrative, but frustrating"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Collegeville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to make at or above industry norm in salary. Good to be associated with the largest pharmaceutical company in the world

    Cons

    The company is so big that it is difficult to advance - too many people for every job opening, and not many openings to begin with. Arrogance from NYC senior management is ridiculous. Also, there is a ton of duplicity in departments and very little focus on communication across groups.

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  3. "Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst/GL Accountant in Memphis, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    They need more locations in the Southeast....Mississippi

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  4. "Difficult days"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, evolution, people, enterprise support

    Cons

    Life work balance, uncertainty, politics

  5. "Big, slow moving but in turn around mode"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generally good resources available; Pockets of the company are eager to move forward with urgency to discover and develop pharmaceuticals

    Cons

    Consensus decision making culture which slows things down; watch your back; Risk tolerance can be unreasonably low; Quality of science is spotty

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  6. "Large, very slow and will shrink in employees & pay over the next few years"

    2.0
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    Senior Director, Marketing 

    I worked at Pfizer for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay was better than average, flexible working conditions

    Cons

    Business is declining, bias against former acquisitions (Wyeth, pharmacia), no rationale in cuts - lots of dead wood cut, but lots of good people too

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  7. "Big but not sure where it is going"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with established presence in segment Many bright, well educated coworkers Compensation excellent

    Cons

    No apparent strategic focus save stock price maintenance Co-workers more concerned with being let go than doing job Too fragmented with little overall strategy to guide efforts Found many people a bit too self-centered in work and weren't too helpful in helping you if it didn't help them

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  8. "Still a mess but on the right track"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Senior Director in Groton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Well-respected, company is moving in the right direction, compensation is very good, really smart people

    Cons

    Middle-management competency is variable, opportunities sometimes provided to a manager's inner circle, drive to hire external talent without always regarding experienced employees

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  9. "Rough road ahead"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Senior Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pfizer

    Pros

    Comp and benefits were very good - but subject to change Industry tries to make a difference in the world rank and file employees are great to work with many roles have true global exposure

    Cons

    can be very political/toxic frequent senior leadership changes in last 10 years businesses under evaluation for sell offs layoffs continuous and more expected

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  10. "Pfizer used to be a great company but has lost its way"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Senior Medical Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pfizer

    Pros

    Knowledgeable colleagues help make the work enviroment bearable, but the type of colleagues one interacts with varies from area to area. Some areas are intensely competitive such as in clinical, where PhDs seem to dislike MDs and work to undermine them. In ohter areas-science driven, the work atmosphere is much better and more positiivve.

    Cons

    Criteria for promotions in clinical are kept secret and are applied in unfair ways. There is a prevailing atmosphere of negative politics, competitiveness, and backstabbing in order for one's colleagues to get ahead. Managament decision-making is erratic and inconsistent, leading to a lack of confidence in leadership and the feeling of being adrift.

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