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open but anonymous letter to Zoetis leadership

Discussion in 'Pfizer Animal Health' started by anonymous, Aug 12, 2015 at 3:11 PM.

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  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Oop's- morals
     

  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Fascinating conversations on here and my first post ever. I'm one of the colleagues who exited as part of Zoetis Next, after a somewhat lengthy career that spanned multiple mergers, acquisitions, and role changes. Having been around for a while and having exposure to many leaders and teams; as well as a solid understanding of business; I do understand and accept that companies make difficult decisions that may not always be to our liking. I don't believe that any leader wakes up in the morning thinking to themselves "how can I damage the company today?". That doesn't mean the decisions are necessarily the best, at least from yours or my view. If anyone really hates their work or the company culture and environment, no one is forcing them to stay. Life's too short to be in a job you can't tolerate or one that simply sucks the life out of you. I have found myself now thinking more like a Millennial, in that my skills are available for rent and that "loyalty", as I used to experience (or perceive) it, really does not exist (nor should it). Don't feel overly loyal to your employer, as the employer really is not going to be overly loyal to you. "At will employment" means what it says, as many of us (25% of company) fully realize. Perform your jobs to the very best of your ability and experience great success! It's good for you AND the company. Just don't expect that Zoetis or any other company will always stand by you, with undying loyalty, when corporate decisions are being made. That's just reality. I never had a moment of bitterness over the Zoetis Next decision, even though I disagree with the decision itself and how it has been implemented. I've discovered a whole new world of opportunity outside Zoetis and another company who will employ my talent. I'm "all in", but have learned a lot from my Zoetis experiences that will serve me well. If you are in your Zoetis roles for the right reasons (passion, making a difference, helping customers, personal growth, loving what you do), stay and make it a better place. If you are there for the wrong reasons (steady pay, benefits, blind loyalty, fear of the outside job market, etc), get out and find something you love and find passion in performing. There is life outside Zoetis
     
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Very good and relevant post, thank you. You and I are some of the few that actually believe and did something when, "if we were not happy then it is time to do something different" occurred. I'm not bitter in the least, but rather thankful and appreciative of the opportunities and education I received during my tenure at Pfizer/Zoetis.

    The cool thing is that it took about 15 minutes to get a position in another company whose corporate culture is uplifting and positive, and where I am appreciated for my experience and skills.

    Many friends and colleagues have left Zoetis, but many remain. I wish them all well!!
     
  4. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Great comments by each of the previous posters. I too have moved on, even though I hung on longer than I should have hoping things would get better. Sad to see the culture shift at Zoetis, but not bitter. Wishing only the best for friends and coleagues still there.
     
  5. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    To #42,43,44: it's great to see such positivity here. I am curious because I am still at the company- did you find it difficult to find a position that paid as much as Zoetis? Also can you tell us what level you were in the company? I have a perception that we are paid very well, and that out benefits are some of the best and I am worried I won't be able to get that somewhere else. Thanks!
     
  6. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    I'm poster #43, like I said it just took a tiny bit of time to find a new position. Reach out to your network of former Zoetis colleagues that left before you, if you are an achiever then I find it hard to believe that opportunities are not out there. It is true that the best jobs are never or lightly advertised (means they post a job for a few days so the company meets it's hiring advertising obligations, but they post the job that they intend to only hire you for)

    Regarding salary, my initial offer was 10% below my departing Zoetis salary. But through negotiation my final offer was above my salary at Zoetis. Don't forget to negotiate, negotiate, negotiate... I received a signing bonus that covered Zoetis the stock options and grants that I walked away from plus a few bucks.

    Benefits at the new animal health company are way better. More holiday time off, better company vehicles at a much lower out of pocket cost, better health benefits, better 401K matching. There are a few minuses though too.

    All the better monetary and benefit stuff pales in comparison to the amazing optimism and corporate culture at the other company. I didn't leave because of the money, I left because of the culture and lack of leadership within my team.
     
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    I'm #42 and agree with the last post, in that there are competitive offers out there, from both large and small companies. In some roles, the salary may be lower, depending on how high the pay grade / role; with more target incentive for sales and margin contribution. My total target is 5% below where I was, but the upside is tremendous and achievable. I also negotiated a fourth week of vacation, even as a new employee. I'm fortunate, in that the Zoetis severance was significant and provides a lengthy cushion. Even without it, it's good to know there are many companies out there looking for talent and willing to pay for it. As the last post said, network, network, network. Fully update and professionalize your LinkedIn profile (recruiters and employers are using filter programs to match key words). Make contact with reputable recruiters. While I've always heard that the best time to find a new job is when you already have a job, being out on the open market provided the time and focus to invest in myself and a search. Whatever your situation, assess your skills and your passions to explore where to go. Pay is only one factor.
     
  8. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Pay is indeed only one factor. I actually just wrote off my severance as I found a new job...pay is almost identical (within a couple grand), but the pay cut is entirely worth it to not have to walk into the office and look at the empty cubes anymore.

    I really hate to whine but MAN...walking into a gigantic empty floor that was full not 4 months ago is brutal.
     
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Being field based I didn't have to endure looking at the empty cubes for that I am thankful, but I did have to tolerate a management team that to the best of my recollection never had an original thought or stood up for us or failed to rubber stamp anything (my direct manager was an exception, good person, tried hard, did more than expected, but was held powerless by the two managers above).

    And they wonder (actually the current management probably doesn't care) why half of the our team resigned in the past 5 years, coincidentally this began to occur when the current management team was put in power. The job I had used to be one in which someone had to die in order to create an opening.

    At any rate, all my best to ya'll and Merry Christmas. Continue to seek your dream and life can be amazingly good again!!
     
  10. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    ya sure, in the nort countru
     
  11. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    OK, is the place going to be able make it on its own or what? This placed escaped a Valeant takeover -- but what now in '16? The "aspirin company" gets a new CEO May 1st.
     
  12. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Great question. Who the hell knows at this point...anything out there is just rumor and, as we know, Zoetis does not respond to or acknowledge rumors.

    Would be interesting to see if Bayer pursued something...especially since their North American president is now a recent ZTS cast-off.
     
  13. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    That would sweet revenge if Bayer makes a deal and the former ZTS colleague gets to steer the ship now.
     
  14. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Karma always circle back. it would be nice to clean house of the delinquents who sleep their way to management.
     
  15. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Go apply at elanco and demand a $20k signing bonus and specific regions, while wafting long brown hair side by side like our ultimate diva did a few more months ago. She got what she WANTED and word is that she is poisening the apples like the witch she truly IS! Good thing she left us to f__k with those idiots. They deserve her.
     
  16. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    I know this is an old thread. Was reading it and had to laugh at the socialist and communist lovers among the commenters.
     
  17. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Lol. Seriously. Amazing the uneducated and mis-informed love to blame "capitalism" when they don't know what it is or how it works. Yet they live Socialism - the same system that has perpetually handicapped and retarded any success.

    Hmmm...Venezuala, Brazil, France, etc anyone??
     
  18. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    and the stock is up over 30% since all that
     
  19. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Stock is way down and stuck in the mud.
     
  20. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    It says open letter to leadership but there is none!
    It is a chaotic disaster here! No one knows what I going on. No strategy only disorder. No wonder people are leaving in droves. LACK OF LEADERSHIP!!!
    The only idiots who stay do so b/c of PFE stock options. The biggest morons in the business! Cannot make decisions or even speak!