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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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December 21, 2012

The Happiest Darn Drug Company in America

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Posted by Derek

I don't know how I've missed posting on this, but according to a recent survey, the "happiest company in America" is. . .wait for it; you'll never guess. . .Pfizer! Yep, the list apparently "honors the 50 companies that are most dedicated to cultivating happy work environments", and it's just hard to think of any large organization that's been more dedicated to that cause over the last few years than Pfizer. Right?

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1. Hap on December 21, 2012 9:54 AM writes...

I wonder if they'll begin drug testing the nominees for this award next year.

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2. David P on December 21, 2012 10:06 AM writes...

When you systematically remove unhappy workers, all that remain behind are bound to be the happiest workers in America. Simple logic.

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3. Anonymous on December 21, 2012 10:06 AM writes...

can it be linked to the missing gold dust ?

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4. Barclay on December 21, 2012 10:10 AM writes...

Is that the same survey that showed that North Korea is the second happiest country on earth behind the Chinese?

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5. Algirdas on December 21, 2012 10:10 AM writes...

Blast, David P at #2 beat me to it, but in case you want to see the same idea in sort of "graphical abstract" format, check the URL in my name.

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6. Anon on December 21, 2012 10:58 AM writes...

Maybe they just have a good HR department, forwarding the questionaires to the right people?

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7. David P on December 21, 2012 11:22 AM writes...

@Algirdas: you get bonus points for the poster.

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8. My 0.02 on December 21, 2012 12:31 PM writes...

This has to do with the gold dust.

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9. johnnyboy on December 21, 2012 12:45 PM writes...

Like others have said, the remaining employees are just really happy they still have a job (in a slightly terrified way).

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10. Dr. Manhattan on December 21, 2012 12:48 PM writes...

The mantra was "The beatings will continue until morale improves...". Look, it worked!!

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11. Anonymous on December 21, 2012 3:42 PM writes...

It says it's happy or it gets the hose.

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12. Esteban on December 21, 2012 6:00 PM writes...

This is beyond parody.

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13. BTDT on December 21, 2012 7:56 PM writes...

Being a product of the late 60's, I always felt the best syn chemists (I was not among them) went to Pf because it the THE best pharma company. Hopefully my heroes (e.g., WW, JL) got a substantial amount of $$$ before they recently "left" Pf.

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14. cdsouthan on December 22, 2012 6:25 AM writes...

Was it Pristiq in the water coolers ?

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15. JT on December 22, 2012 9:05 AM writes...

Two word explanation for all the happiness at PFE: water boarding

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16. RUkiddn on December 22, 2012 5:42 PM writes...

Pfizer used to have everyone fill out a yearly "Gallup Survey" and found the company consistently ranked in the pits of "Employee Engagement", i.e., company management sucked and the employees knew what they did didn't matter.

To solve this problem, Pfizer stopped doing the survey.

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17. RUkiddn on December 22, 2012 5:43 PM writes...

Pfizer used to have everyone fill out a yearly "Gallup Survey" and found the company consistently ranked in the pits of "Employee Engagement", i.e., company management sucked and the employees knew what they did didn't matter.

To solve this problem, Pfizer stopped doing the survey.

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18. Anon on December 23, 2012 12:23 AM writes...

So Pfizer is happy similar to how Hitler was happy in the summer of 1940? If so, I can't wait until it's the summer of 1945.

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19. Kaleberg on December 23, 2012 12:40 AM writes...

Are things really that much happier at GSK or MRK?

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20. Anonymous on December 25, 2012 3:55 AM writes... just can't make this stuff up........

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21. Dickweed Jones on December 26, 2012 5:03 PM writes...

Wyeth was perennially rated highly as a family-friendly company because they offered lactation courses.
However, despite constant HR vigilance about anything even resembling gender inequality, it was limited to women. Whatever happened to equal rights?

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22. Christian Marin on December 27, 2012 5:41 PM writes...

What do you expect from a company that makes so many drugs. I'd be happy too if I was making that much money.

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23. Healthy on December 29, 2012 5:54 PM writes...

They should have also asked those workers what makes them happy. For the results it seems the general answer would be money. I guess everybody feels clean about "the administration of those drugs to the world". Money can't buy...sorry? Money + blindness does.

For funding, research and peer finding please refer to the non-profit Aging Portfolio.

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24. srp on January 1, 2013 7:53 PM writes...

"Anyone who is not fired with enthusiasm will be fired with enthusiasm."

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25. ex-pfizerite on January 2, 2013 2:17 PM writes...

It is simple your manager helped you to fill out your happiness and engagement survey. Anyone who was unhappy was terminated.

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26. O on January 4, 2013 9:24 AM writes...

Umm, the press release does say "cultivating a happy work environments". Says nothing about actual existence of happy employees.

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27. Anonymous BMS Researcher on January 14, 2013 7:35 AM writes...

I know some people who (1) once worked for Pfizer and (2) are currently happily employed. However, none of them are currently employed at Pfizer. Google "Pfired" to see what the tweaked logo on their coffee cups.

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