AstraZeneca

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AstraZeneca Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 27, 2014
Updated September 27, 2014
477 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 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 16 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad to worse

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alderley Edge, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved most of the people i worked with

    Cons

    No Development opportunities
    No training
    No performance management - no recognition
    People not valued (any more)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and develop your people. Get rid of Poor performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic sales team, management needs improving.

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible package.

    Cons

    Politics, culture of bullying from some old school style managers. Difficult to get ahead if you don't fit the mould.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Upheaval due to move to Cambridge

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good remuneration. Interesting work. Flexible working environment. Some really skilled and motivated colleagues, genuine enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Upheaval due to move to Cambridge location. Downside of flexible working culture is the rise of the 9-to-5-ers now the site will close in 3 years time. Workforce tends to be cliquey which affects career development. There will be substantial new recruitment for the move, so it remains unclear what the future culture will be like.
    Shareholder influence may force the Pfizer issue if (when?) it comes up again this would be the end of AZ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more about career prospectives. Do something about nepotism and cliques.
    Resolve the move asap per department, don't let it drag on for three years like planned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    AZ IT - not always a happy place

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    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    AZ IT can be very well paid with great benefits.

    Cons

    Constant reorganisations, almost one every year, likely to have to apply for your own job at least every 2 years. Low engagement from management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    middling

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    benefits and salary are average for this sector.

    Cons

    food in canteens is more expensive than most restaurants, too many voices involved in decision making which seems to take forever. very arrogant senior management. training is non existant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop treating az as your own personal gravy train. stop the constant turnover of staff and concentrate on simplifying things, not just talking about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    AstraZeneca Finance

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    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Work/life balance and generally friendly, helpful employees attitude

    Cons

    Disappointing in regards to motivation, job & training opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead on example

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    18 years of ideal followed by 3 years of failure

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Nether Alderley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Nether Alderley, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Perfect work setting. Great work life balance and the opportunity to work with truly inspiring people. A great place to continually learn at the cutting edge of science.

    Cons

    High level miss managent of the company following the merger. Wrong behaviours adopted and encouraged. The tail wags the dog far too often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please learn to reward and demonstrate value to the few remaining staff. Outsource out of opportunity rather than desperation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible Strategic Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Nether Alderley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Nether Alderley, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Comfortable working life. Good work life balance and some good benefits. Some small opportunities to progress.

    Cons

    Poor hierarchical structure. Management not prepared to take risks on tricky projects... Years of bad decisions have led to a dejected research work force who don't have the energy or passion to innovate any more.

    Everyone is now just looking out for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more meritocratic and promote those with drive and real passion rather than just the ones who fit in to the norm. Take more risks!

    This place needs a skunk works, but it's probably too late to save yourselves!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Told we didn't meet the criteria without being informed what the criteria was.

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    Former Employee - QC Analyst in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - QC Analyst in Macclesfield, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay and good facilities. Treats permanent staff well. Some great people to work with, who were hard working and loyal.

    Cons

    The Nepotism that occurs, the dead wood who are content just to pick up their pay, the moaners who have never worked anywhere else and complain all the time, the restructuring that seems to occur yearly without being given enough time to bed in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to clear out the deadwood, stop the blatant cronyism that goes on and start hiring people based on talent rather than who they know.
    You should give the restructure time to bed in and show results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employ good people, but don't treat them very well

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    Former Employee - Compliance Manager
    Former Employee - Compliance Manager

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Really good bunch of people - experienced, friendly and supportive. I really learnt a lot from my first experience of Big Pharma

    Cons

    Poor pipteline, and patent cliff approaching. As a result, seems to be a constant panic about the future of the business and regular restructurs which wipe out large numbers of staff. No stability or security for staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to let a restructure bed in before you re-organise yet again!

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