AstraZeneca
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www.astrazeneca.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

AstraZeneca Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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3.3 46 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot

Pascal Soriot

(20 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company to work for

    IT Service Manager (Current Employee)
    Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVaried experience and opportunities, flexible benefits, great people

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRestructuring and rewards are too broad - focus on where it matters most

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for!

    Team Leader (Current Employee)
    Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    ConsCompensations and benefits are not as good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementslow down the amount of change

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    Good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure you keep employees informed about any changes in the organisation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    promotion prospects

    Director, Finance (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementhelp 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for a student not sure as a career..

    R&D Scientist (Current Employee)
    Manchester, England (UK)

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

    ConsCompany 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent company to work for

    Senior Scientist (Former Employee)
    Macclesfield, England (UK)

    ProsVery good opportunity for research and development

    Consbig company, so there is quite a bit of burocracy

    Advice to Senior Managementno advice on upper management

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Science

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Loughborough, England (UK)

    ProsInteractions 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

    ConsCan be pot-luck in terms of line management

    Re-structuring - slightly unsettled whilst we await outcome

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain 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!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Relaxed place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Alderley Park, England (UK)

    ProsNice atmosphere, relaxed atmosphere in my area.

    ConsCan be difficult to get people on-board with some projects. The relaxed atmosphere is nice, but it can feel a bit lethargic at times. A bit of an 'old boy' network in the top echelons with the older (mainly men) enjoying excellent salaries, with a bit of a difficult climb for talented younger people. Most of the really talented people move to other companies in order to get ahead.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter talent spotting at the junior levels. Too stultifying at the top levels.

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