AstraZeneca Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
439 Reviews
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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 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.  

    Great experience, hopefully not my last

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Biochemical Screening Scientist  in  Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Biochemical Screening Scientist in Alderley Park, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good management, good culture, value their employees and their development

    Cons

    Uncertain times, with potential take over talk, too many meetings to setup meetings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Service Manager  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Service Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great and flexible working conditions
    Good flexible benefits package
    Reasonable salaries compared to market data
    Caring towards employee well-being

    Cons

    Big company politics can be a real pain
    Promotions are difficult to come by
    No real investment any more in people development/training
    Slow decision making process / poor leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to take decisions
    Move more quickly - things take too long to happen in AZ and not keeping pace with business in the outside world

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    In many ways a great place to work with some great people, levels of change currently are however disruptive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Varied experience and opportunities, flexible benefits, great people

    Cons

    Strategic change and impact on people has been significant over the last few years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructuring and rewards are too broad - focus on where it matters most

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good values, great career prospectives and good environment to work in.

    Cons

    Compensations and benefits are not as good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work with

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    excellent flexibility and benefits. Good management structure. They really do look after their employees

    Cons

    constant change. From outsourcing to bringing more work in there is always something to change and sometimes it's difficult to keep us

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    slow down the amount of change

  7.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company and benefits. Treats employees well. Flexible working available if required. Managers care for their employees. Good working atmosphere.

    Cons

    Unfortunately due to the market, company has restructured a few times and have displaced some employees and made secure employees unsettled..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure you keep employees informed about any changes in the organisation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    promotion prospects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Finance  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director, Finance in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of people with a real passion for the work AZ does - this surprised me.
    Good pay and benefits
    Good development opportunities

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement as the company is contracting
    A little bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help people plan their careers better and provide more structure - good seasoned professionals will work there and move on if there is no opportunity, the "lifers" and those with less ambition will stay and that doesn't help a company respond to changing business needs flexibily

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good for a student not sure as a career..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist  in  Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at AstraZeneca as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing People, relaxed work hours, good benefits, good pay and scientifically challenging. Also lots of opportunities to help you develop as a chemist.

    Cons

    Company is in bad shape with regards to products, lots of fear about redundancies etc. Too many management initiatives i.e Lean six Sigma imposed on scientists.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very good opportunity for research and development

    Cons

    big company, so there is quite a bit of burocracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice on upper management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Science

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Loughborough, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loughborough, England (UK)

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Interactions with world class scientists
    Pursuit of interests i.e. method development work alongside project work
    Supportive management who drive good performance but also promote maintaining suitable work/life balance

    Cons

    Can be pot-luck in terms of line management

    Re-structuring - slightly unsettled whilst we await outcome

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain good science as driving force in projects
    Whilst re-structuring ensure that you keep some focus on the best type of culture for happy, productive employees!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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