AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
427 Reviews

3.3
427 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
112 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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137 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Good company, great culture, but needs change of some areas of leadership

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Manager in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, great flexibility. Very good benefits..difficult to find another company that stacks up

    Cons

    A bit chaotic these days. lack of direction and leadership make it difficult for staff to be successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the more pressing issues regarding lack of leadership need to be raised to higher levels of leadership for resolution

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    I enjoyed working for this well-run, traditional style, large scale pharmaceutical company.

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is that they treat their people well. Many of the individuals I worked with had been with the company 15 years or more.

    Cons

    Challenges at this company had much to do with its large scale and lack of nimbleness in making changes with the status quo. New ideas, however well received, rarely materialized into new processes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    satisfied

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    Former Employee - Senior Director  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, robust science

    Cons

    very large - uncertainty about pipeline

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great overall company and experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay,work life balance and benefits.
    Fantastic place to start and continue a career in pharmaceuticals. I would recommend working here.

    Cons

    Pod selling and your manager can make or break your career. Went through layoffs every other year.
    Training away from your family can be up to a month when you first start

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Career learning opportunity for field sales and sales management.

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training and Personal Growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Company politics, Annual Performance Evaluations, jobs are often "restructured" and eliminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at those employees making meaningful contributions vs. promoting those who make the most noise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    So far, so good!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Autonomy to do your job well.

    Cons

    Career Development is frequently lacking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Pay is better than industry average.

    Cons

    Managers like to Micro manage. It is hard to move up because there are not many openings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanaging.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Conservative company with long history of success. Senior management team is strong and has vision for future return to growth. Good benefits and many opportunities if willing to be flexible. One of the best "big-pharma" companies to work for. Historically very stable and fair place to work.

    Cons

    Very difficult to advance in the sales organization. Limited pipeline and loss of patent exclusivity leads to feelings of job insecurity. Lower pay than other pharma companies. Slow to make changes. The technology and IT support in place is challenging to say the least.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior sales leadership team is very good. Middle management lacks vision and leadership. Work to improve communication and do not rely on the company's home page and email alerts as the main vehicle to provide faith in the future.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Developing a great culture

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, flexibility, pipeline, upper management. They are really working to develop an amazing culture for the company.

    Cons

    Huge company, all corporate opportunities are in Willmington, DE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ended too soon

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist  in  State College, PA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in State College, PA

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is great; company is genuine

    Cons

    lack of strong management local

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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