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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.3 414 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot

Pascal Soriot

(104 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    Unstable work environment

    Anonymous (Former Employee) West Chester, OH

    ProsGood pay, benefits, and not much else.

    ConsPoor management practices and lack of communication. Management is closed doors and little communication allowed for employee issues. Things get pushed back and you fear your job security. Trusting your coworkers looks to be questionable here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate issues better with workers on the lower end of the chain.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Benefits, not much else

    Senior Architecture Lead (Current Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsBenefits, competitive pay
    Company cares about work/life balance
    The new leadership (C level at the very top) seems to care, and is enthusiastic

    ConsA constant cycle or re-organzations have left the IS/IT workforce jaded and demoralized. Morever, over-reliance on outsourcing have decimated critical IT capabilities (but not surprisingly, the politically astute bureacrats continue to survive and prosper in such re-orgs). That along with the mind-numbing bureacracy and a cornucopia of outsourced service providers, has ensured that that the more skilled and creative employees have either left, or volunteered for redundancy. The only people who are really interested is sticking around now are those with big pensions waiting at the end of the line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to enthuse and engage with the employees - Also own up and learn from the past failures. Go back to basics - great technology still need great engineers, and techs. Ensure that every person who works in IT - employee or outsorced vendor - is well qualified.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Micromanaged and overkill

    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood base salary, good benefits, nice cars

    ConsIf you need someone to watch over you and tell you what to do, then this is the place for you. They changed their selling module within my division and caused a complete overkill of reps calling on the same doctors with the same product lineups and weighting

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess is more sometimes!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved it at first, but couldn't wait to leave.

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsGreat people, location and very interesting projects.

    ConsPoor management and HR practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to listen to employees concerns during engagement sessions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Could do so much better

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing staff - so much intellectual horsepower available. Dedicated and driven,

    ConsRelentless reorganizations and lack of commitment to on-going programs. Constant demand to do something new - demoralizing!

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    Senior Manager refuses to promote in order to keep employees in current roll.

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat sales training. The salary is probably competitive everywhere else in the country, but not having a cost of living adjustment for San Francisco (the most expensive city in the US) makes it difficult to stay.

    Good benefit package.

    ConsThe senior manager won't promote anyone, because she doesn't want any vacancies that could drop her overall sales. Thus, excellent reps are being kept at low levels and are becoming extremely dissatisfied.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people who deserve it, even if it means they'll leave your direct employment. Otherwise, they'll leave out of nowhere and you'll be unprepared.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Still going through a lot of transition

    Associate Director (Former Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsGood salary and benefits with flexible working arrangements to work around commuting and personal commitments

    ConsAntiquated systems with inadequate infrastructure. Difficult to find help when new to the organization and had questions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Serious Questions About Direction

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsGood people at the grass roots level. The pay is still very good. There will be growth opportunities at the core sites as other sites shut down.

    ConsQuestionable direction from senior leaders; a high risk strategy with changes to sites. Morale is generally low even for people who have survived site closures because they know they could be next.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Typical Big Pharma

    Hospital Sales (Former Employee)

    Prospay ok
    ggod place to start your career

    Conspoor management
    only worried about bottom line
    people very disposable
    big turnover on side of employees and management getting rid of employees
    hard to get promoted, you have to go inside to Wilmington,DE

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat employees with respect]
    create a stable environment
    stop the hostile work environment

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    ok place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat people, nice location, some work/life balance

    Conslack of innovation, no professional development

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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