AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
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Pros
  • Work / Life balance is good with opportunity to move within the company (in 66 reviews)

  • AZ IT can be very well paid with great benefits (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance for direct labor (in 11 reviews)

  • Poor senior management ans compensation hike (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Big pharma at it worst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Akron, OH

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best employees are the sales reps. Beyond that, anyone who has been promoted probably sold their soul.

    Cons

    Leadership by fear and intimidation. Get the sales at all cost, ethics be damned. Leadership will throw you under the bus. Managed Markets leadership is the worst in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture. Stop the fear and intimidation by sales and managed markets leadership


  2. Poor Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice office space and cafeteria

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; no vision; stuck in a rut

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  3. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nat
    Former Employee - Nat

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Innovative large corp with the ability to adjust to rapid changes in the market.

    Cons

    Many products lost patent protection in the past few years

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make strategic partnerships with innovative companies and avoid large mergers


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  5. Helpful (4)

    A long career with AstraZeneca

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Director in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Director in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has provided me with many opportunities for growth through the years, most of which I was able to make for myself. It is relatively easy to move throughout the company and take on additional accountabilities. The pay has always been good, as have been the benefits. Teleworking has been a bit limited, in that most positions in the US are only able to telework one day per week. Work/life balance is what you make of it. Most people, especially in senior positions, work 40-50 hour weeks. This is a very large company that offers a lot of benefits and perks to their employees.

    Cons

    Outsourcing, restructuring, relocations and downsizing! These initiatives have ruined this company and it's best asset -- the people. HR-driven programs (performance management, forced calibrations and distributions) ruin morale. For every program they put in place to streamline processes or identify operational efficiencies, there are department managers and global heads who get approval for needless projects and headcounts, just to build their own personal empires. We have laid off critical positions just to build entire units that are completely unnecessary. This has become a Swedish-led company, which is mind-boggling as the Swedes do not work 5 consecutive days and are out of the office more than they are in the office. The US carries the market and definitely carries the workload, yet we maintain sites in Sweden to appease senior leaders. Yhe new CEO has destroyed what is left of what was an amazing company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the outsourcing, restructuring and downsizing. Go back to building internal expertise, and treat your employees as your greatest assets as you used to do. Utilize US Leadership. Streamline processes, procedures and systems. Utilize hosted global environments rather than internal systems and IT environments.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Difficult work environment- AstraZeneca West Chester, OH

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Chester, OH
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in West Chester, OH

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice, clean, modern facility with a great on-site café/grille. Many good people work there who genuinely care about the consumers of the diabetes medication that is produced there. The facility is large, with plenty of room to grow. The office areas have hydraulic desks which can be raised and lowered for maximum comfort while working. The plant is only a few years old and is maintained in an excellent fashion. The technology in use there is cutting edge and is very impressive.

    Cons

    Very little communication from departmental directors to their subordinates. I was there for over two years in a temporary position. The departmental director that I reported to seldom, if ever, spoke to me, nor did this person ever show (to me) any interest in the work that I performed. When it was necessary for me to speak to this person, I was treated like an interruption and a nuisance. I was eventually let go and my responsibilities were given to a full-time employee who was already working 45-50 hours a week. The department that I was a part of was very over-worked and very under-staffed, yet temporary workers like me were being let go because the departmental director did not want us on the budget any longer. Apparently, there was no thought given to the work load of the employees who were forced to do their own job and to take on another person's job. After being there as long as I was, I feel qualified to say that this facility is poorly managed from middle management downward, with few exceptions. I did all that they asked me for over two years- I was trying to prove myself and show my loyalty to them, but that did not matter to the decision-makers.

    Advice to Management

    The on-site Operations Director is a great guy and I have no issue with him in any way. The Departmental Directors need to communicate with and listen to those who report to them- listen to their concerns and take time to learn (from them) what they do and why it matters. Hire the ones that are there and doing the work instead of letting them go and forcing other people to take on more responsibilities when they are already overworked.


  7. Helpful (2)

    An unpleasant experience amidst a culture of fear

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Micromanaged

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline, strong cash flow and strong product mix

    Cons

    Micromanaged, team selling with teams competing against each other

    Advice to Management

    Let talent soar, let laziness die


  9. 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 (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


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Money. Great co-workers. Nice cafeteria.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Horrific Controllers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

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

    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 Management

    Begin engaging in legal activities



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