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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
423 Reviews

3.3
423 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
110 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Unstable work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  West Chester, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous in West Chester, OH

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and not much else.

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate issues better with workers on the lower end of the chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Benefits, not much else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Architecture Lead  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Architecture Lead in Wilmington, DE

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanaged and overkill

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Good base salary, good benefits, nice cars

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Less is more sometimes!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, location and very interesting projects.

    Cons

    Poor management and HR practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to listen to employees concerns during engagement sessions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Could do so much better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promote 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still going through a lot of transition

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Waltham, MA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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

    Serious Questions About Direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Questionable 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.

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

    Typical Big Pharma

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

    Pros

    pay ok
    ggod place to start your career

    Cons

    poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    treat employees with respect]
    create a stable environment
    stop the hostile work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    ok place to work

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

    Pros

    great people, nice location, some work/life balance

    Cons

    lack of innovation, no professional development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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