AstraZeneca Reviews

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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Pros
  • Work / Life balance is good with opportunity to move within the company (in 57 reviews)

  • Great Pay and benefits are good as well (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is suffering as additional work is piled on the few that remain (in 11 reviews)

  • No rep advocates amongst senior management and very few capable FLSM's (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    An unpleasant experience amidst a culture of fear

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Great salary, onsite hair salon, store & gym--that's about it.

    Cons

    Pretty much all else; a once great workplace brought to its knees by the ill-fated merger with Astra; continuous reorganization, Byzantine layers of bureaucracy, nonsensical cost-cutting (to the point of workers' having to scrounge for basic office supplies, no $ for professional development of any kind, virtually all business travel cut for anyone outside of upper, upper management), leaders who are blatant in their disregard for employees, promotions doled out to the undeserving, constant shuffling of employees from building to building (8 different offices/cubes in 10 years), the worst IT department in the business, outsourcing of major functions, an essentially worthless HR department, no pipeline to speak of (and horrible mishandling of existing products by ineffective marketing staff), no opportunity for advancement, a pervasively toxic culture with fearful, unhappy employees, a horrible cafeteria with surly staff, bad food, and cheesy cutlery and napkins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least try to pretend you care about those who work for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanaged

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pipeline, strong cash flow and strong product mix

    Cons

    Micromanaged, team selling with teams competing against each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let talent soar, let laziness die

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Company is long past its "glory days", expiring soon with its major patents

    Current Employee - Director  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus in WIlmington with onsite guy

    Cons

    very bureaucratic and lots of changes in the organization as many are leaving

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company that takes and takes-- with little respect or loyalty to its employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    The Money. Great co-workers. Nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    No development, no fairness, company not commited to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weak managers were kept-- best left or let go. Needs managers that know how to manage and not threatened by talent and creativity below.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrific Controllers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    There is nothing positive to say about a company engaged in brutalizing it's workers

    Cons

    Company is out to control and bully it's staff. Discrimination is a big part of corporate culture. Company utilizes psychological warfare on it's employees to break them down. They have the attitude that they can do as they please in the United States and suffer little or no retribution. The government should investigate this operation and see exactly where laws are being violated and not allow them to operate on our shores unless they conform to United States laws.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Begin engaging in legal activities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    AstraZeneca

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits is about all I can say that is positive about AstraZeneca.

    Cons

    Micro-managed by managers, high, high stress, prefers young cheap employees right out of college instead of experience. Does not value employees or their personal lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    wish I could give no stars.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    None I can think of. This was a great place to work, no longer.

    Cons

    Senior management has destroyed this company and continues to make poor decisions. Workers scapegoated for senior management failure. There is no accountability for Upper management. They still receive obscene levels of compensation whether they deliver or not and are guaranteed golden parachutes upon exit. This company wastes money hand over fist and continues to compound this by having to pay to undo messes.They don't care about the quality of the work but Just want to maximize profits at any cost. Workers are looked at as an expense rather than a resource that can build capital. They continue to export jobs to countries with cheap labour and human rights abuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They are beyond hope.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship... would not recommend my enemy to work here

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    Current Employee - PSS  in  Muncie, IN
    Current Employee - PSS in Muncie, IN

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company Car
    Lunches and Catering
    Pay and Bonuses

    Cons

    Micromanagement
    Losing Access to Offices
    Corporate Culture is horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the Micromanagement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political incompetently lead environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    If you are in sales it is a wonderful place. They do not make people work hard. Many of the hangers on make a career out of taking credit for other people's work.

    Cons

    You will not have many opportunities if you are not in sales. They do not value specialization; they want everyone to be a generalist. Hard work will work against you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add mandatory retirement after so many years in executive role. Short your stock.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    AstraZeneca

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    Former Employee - PSS  in  Binghamton, NY
    Former Employee - PSS in Binghamton, NY

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    The benefits and salary are the best part of the package.

    Cons

    The managers can make or break your job. If they don't like you it doesn't matter how good your are and how well your territory is doing, you are still going to be treated like dirt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to take a look at the representatives abilities and relationships in the field. Some reps know how to play the management game and they are the ones that are often perceived as being the super reps while the reps who are honestly out doing their job like they are suppose to are the ones that end up getting laid off in the end. The managers are the ones that got fooled in the end.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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