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I have an offer to join Pfizer as a SM in internal consulting role. Can I get details on work, WLB, culture, promotions, prestige etc. I am going to be taking a 23% pay cut to join Pfizer.

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Never take a pay cut?

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I know lots of people who never took pay cuts in their careers. You do not have to take a pay cut.

You aren't paying me 23% less to leave. Period

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Yes they aren’t paying. They are paying me 23%. Hence I am asking the question.

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Why a 23% pay cut?

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That’s what they offered. We negotiated. That’s where we ended up.

SM in pharma is an individual contributor role, very different from a big 4 SM role. Pharma progression is something like this: Analyst (1-2y) Sr analyst (2-3y) Manager (2-4y) Sr manager (3-6y) Associate director (4-8y) Director (4y+) Sr director (4y+l VP and beyond You can usually get promoted up though AD on merit, but you need a niche and a job opening to make director or higher. Pharma individual contributor roles can go up to AD, though sometimes an AD will have direct reports. If you're offered a pay cut that big, I assume you're at least a manager with PWC. If you really want to get your foot in the door with pharma or if you are desperate to leave consulting, then this is a fine choice to make. If you are really on the fence, see if they could up the req to be AD-level, which would probably put you at least on par with current salary, and higher if you get a stock award on top of base and bonus.

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When I interviewed at Pfizer the SM role was an individual contributor role… so a 23% pay cut and not being in a leadership role anymore would be a no go for me.

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