AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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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 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. Helpful (2)

    Lucky to have a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. Not a bad place to be when moral is high

    Cons

    Too much admin work and a ton of teleconferences that pull you out of the field weekly. Things are always changing..once you get the hang of something, it changes completely.. Goals do not account for market metrics

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about what's taking place in the near future. One thing is said and another happens 5 days later.


  2. Benefits

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Benefits start on day 1 of hire for you and your family

    Cons

    Overall turnaround in staffing is quick


  3. Helpful (2)

    Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    AstraZeneca has an awesome culture. The company has a strong pipeline of great medicines coming and they are dedicated to the science and putting the patients first. The work life balance for employees is great.

    Cons

    The transparency from the top to the bottom has begun to close up. They keep you out of the loop until big decisions are made that will directly effect your work. Resources have begun to shrink.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the resources we once had. Open back up lines of communication from the top down.


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  5. Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, nice and qualified colleagues, generous benefits, 3 weeks paid vacation, 6 weeks paid maternity

    Cons

    Difficult to be promoted, travel to sales meetings is a chore like herding cattle


  6. Executive Director

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People Products Pipeline are the reasons that people come to AstraZeneca

    Cons

    Process is what slows down AstraZeneca and inhibits progress, speed of execution, and risk taking

    Advice to Management

    Less process


  7. Caring Culture

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Santa Maria, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Santa Maria, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great company that treats their employees well. My team is like family. Very aware of the changes in healthcare and is proactive about informing their reps about those changes.

    Cons

    Will definitely be going through some lean times until new products launch in 2018. Crestor and Nexium are going generic as well as Seroquel IR. It will be while to recuperate from the loss in revenue.


  8. Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Internship program, lots of networking opportunities

    Cons

    Company goes through re-orgs very frequently


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic products & training make selling them easy and fun!

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    Former Employee - Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My managers allowed me to look at the whole picture of health care evolvement and emerging physician alignments. They then allowed some flexibility to strategize based on my specific territory which allowed me to be more successful. I was less frustrated and had fun in my job in the Albany, NY area.

    Cons

    Long hours that impacted work life balance; Many manager changes created stress for many employees due to new or different manager styles; inconsistent bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    As much as possible, trust your employees instincts and judgement when visiting offices. Giving one bad ride along review when the employee is not detailing a provider due to protecting the relationship in a top busy office is not productive


  10. Sr. Diabetes Sales Specialist

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great support with sales tools and budget. Great benefits. 401K, profit sharing, commission, and award points. I love my manager and that makes the job.

    Cons

    Micromanaged by metrics rather than driving sales. Takes a long time to build up vacation. Field technology systems are cumbersome. Analysis systems are subpar to the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Allow reps to manage their territories to drive business rather than by metric. Get better systems for tool rather than Simon and Custhub.


  11. Great job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, bonus structure. Passionate people who work hard.

    Cons

    No comment at this time



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