I absolutely love my job and couldn't ask for a better situation. I think the experience varies greatly between different departments/groups, but I have a lot of flexibility, supportive management, and great team members. I am also given plenty of development opportunities.
I worked here for 7 years. Since the acquisition, Pfizer took away a lot of benefits and slashed the workforce in half. People are overworked and are asked to wear too many hats now. Quality of work is impacted due to the slash in workforce.
The Pfizer plant in Brooklyn is very uncomfortable for a woman. The male co-workers stare at a new female employee like she is a fresh piece of meat, you are not felt welcomed by your female peers either because they feel you are competition. I would say the working environment in that particular plant was very unprofessional.
Building relationships organically is the best way to get work done. Labyrinthine bureaucracy because it is a very, very, large organization. Most of the senior organization is white male and rather hierarchical. All that being said, I've had some great experiences that have come from demonstrating my brains, work ethic, and diplomacy skills and not because someone "gave" me the opportunity.
I've been here for over a decade and seen the industry go from booming to shrinking. Benefits have shrunk accordingly, 401K matching is now paid quarterly and if you leave mid-quarter, you forfeit the match for that period, internal awards have practically disappeared, transitioning to different roles/departments is not easy despite earning post-graduate degrees in those areas. You really need to work your network to have an effect and move up.
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Lady LaugherSenior Safety Surveillance Associate, Drug Safety
I have been with the company going on 5 years, and I only wish I told myself to network more. To move around in this company, you really need to know people. Many colleagues are promoted based on their attitude and networking connections, and not necessarily on their work.