AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
24 Ratings

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. Check your brain at the door, please.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Solid company with good financials, so the company as a whole will continue to prosper over the long term. Lots of opportunity for employees who display enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Not a place to work for employees who value technical competance and advancement, and can communicate in complete sentances without using cliches or buzzwords.


  2. PSS

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of great perks: cell phone allowance (although amount was recently decreased), company car, gas card, EZpass, all car services and repairs paid for by company.

    Cons

    Very little potential for substantial raises in base salary.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Going downhill, fast

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good medicines to promote Good managed care coverage negotiated on meds

    Cons

    Always turmoil Managers are out of touch - every level of management has false realities and unrealistic expectations Below average compensation Lack of access budget Unnecessary busy work and admin duties - many as a result of poor IT, lot of tech issues as well as having to track down things in several places, generate your own viable reports, and repeat these tasks because it rarely works the first time! So much wasted time it's impossible to be efficient and productive Always a new project - nothing gets followed through

    Advice to Management

    Stop the "flavor of the month" projects -all those things that are rolled out, lots of leg work and hype....and never brought up again - then another campaign gets thrown on us...enough! Pay your people what they are worth. Promote like any other organization - based on merit. Not based on some 100 page form that takes 9 months to fill out and 20 managers to discuss and agree on...let us do our jobs and sell - isn't that what you hired us to do??


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Communications manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    smart marketers who work quickly with focus and determination. willing to support and invest in communications. challenging and growth oriented

    Cons

    aggressive and somewhat cutthroat. Management has lack of focus regarding pipeline and future brand opportunities. respond by cutting employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    Poor Communication and Training

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Lower-level managers with few people skills brow beat workers in lieu of training. Managers with little or no training skills or experience in an on-boarding situation ask new hire thoughts, then ignore what they have to say, but use those comments are reason for termination. Senior managers and directors allow this to keep the management team happy. In the end, AZ loses out on people who love the pharmaceutical industry and are willing to learn, offer flexibility and dedication. New hires should be trained by people who know how to train new hires, and that's different from an industry training session in a conference for vendors. If the people skills matched the salary outlook at the company, it would be a great place to work!

    Advice to Management

    If there is disagreement in the management ranks about who should fill a job opening, do not make the new hire suffer for your lack of cohesion. One person wants to bring someone in with industry experience and train them to that department's procedures. Another person wants someone to hit the ground running. Those are two different people!!! Provide some people management and training skills courses to those who would be assigned to operate as mentors.


  7. Mgr

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca part-time

    Pros

    Location close to my house

    Cons

    Culture and mood at home office is not good. Everyone is moving to MD


  8. Sales Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits; good work/life balance

    Cons

    No talent development program whatsoever leaves little chance for promotion; corporate politics trumps competence 99% of the time

    Advice to Management

    Quit - all of you! AZ would be a better place!


  9. Diverse, professional and good place to work tempararley.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contracts
    Current Employee - Contracts
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with highly intellegent scientists.

    Cons

    Long term term contractors who are highly experienced are not treated as equals. Those who are rewarded are based on favoritism instead of hardwork and dedication. Highly stressful at times, high expections with little possitive reinforcment. Promotions are rare and contractors get taken advantage off.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who deserve it and not someone who feeds your ego.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Always transitioning

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the people at the astrazeneca/ amylin site was great and very easy to work with

    Cons

    Being in a transitional company, from Amylin to BMS to Astrazeneca, room for personal development was not there as the group was in an ongoing company transition.


  11. Senior Scientist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice building. Good work environment. Good benefits. OK salary.

    Cons

    Notoriously slow and difficult to get promoted. The Waltham site is on the edge of an active volcano. Although it has been gone through a series of reduction, the worst has not come, yet. Brilliant scientists are leaving the company.



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