AstraZeneca Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
439 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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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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  1.  

    Over all ver good experience

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    Current Employee - Manufactoring Operator  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manufactoring Operator in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It is very good pay and only 7.40hr per day

    Cons

    sum bad managers, working early late shifts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Manager  in  Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Alderley Edge, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very professional and collaborative working environment. Aligned goals and objectives and genuine team working.
    Real opportunity to shape your own role and take on projects that stretch you professionally.

    Cons

    The usual challenges with a global matrix organisation. Getting on board, understanding who your stakeholders are and so on takes a while.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was the most amazing work experience i have ever had in my total career

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    They are very supportive caring and fun company to work for, always make public holidays fun and the product launches are well informed .

    Cons

    I was in a department that got oursourced to a third party

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Warm, good humoured place to work.

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    Current Employee - Process Leader  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Process Leader in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The People: Friendly welcoming warm. Very knowlegeable in their field. Good wages. Good working conditions, generous holidays.

    Cons

    Slightly out of date processes. Averse to change and risk. Reluctance to investigate new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be brave. Explore new options.Shake things up a bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best company I ever worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Animal Technician  in  Alderley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Animal Technician in Alderley, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I feel I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to have worked for AstraZeneca. They were always compassionate about family life and assisted with family problems. They provided me with a fare income which gave me a good standard of living. There was some mixed feeling at some points with the politics of the company but overall, I couldn't have spent the majority of my working life with a better company.

    Cons

    My manager always pushed me to the limits of my ability. I was rewarded as such and I new I could not have done more.
    Alderley Park is a beautiful park. with lovely surroundings. The company provided Books with nature trails, which we could take our family on at weekend. This was just one of the small benefits which they provided. They seemed to have a good interview techniques as most of the employees were nice people and mostly remained for their working life. This provided a great community spirit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think with the business pressures . We seemed to have lost the family community spirit which we had. People were happier to give all the could and enjoy their work before performance bonuses were introduced. I remember going to work 8 - 4. But I would probably be there an hour early simply because I wanted to see my colleagues and get on with the work which I Enjoyed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting new products, superb benefits and a can do attitude

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    Current Employee - Account Therapy Specialist  in  Swansea, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Therapy Specialist in Swansea, Wales (UK)

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

    Pros

    The added fund for home/ life benefits

    Cons

    Red tape can get in the way of day to day business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain current focus on the patient

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A sandwich year placement in AZ.

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    Former Employee - Placement Student  in  Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Placement Student in Alderley Park, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Excellent support from everyone. Amazing facilities.

    Cons

    Concerns regarding to site relocation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best job I've had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Supportive but laid back management. Interesting challenging projects to work on. Flexible working hours. I was a contractor and the pay was very good.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind. No issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    working in research

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefits nice people interesting work good flexibility with hours and flexitime and great people to work with

    Cons

    hard work too much box ticking and form filling sourcing consumeables and so on can be a nightmare as they use a purchasing system that sucks and you spend way too much time sorting out why an invoice hasn;t been paid

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    To date I have always been treated and rewarded very postively and fairly at AstraZeneca.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Alderley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Alderley, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good facilities, benefits and great people. Opportunities to work truly globally and positive work life balance.

    Cons

    Depending on function, there can be limited career progression opportunities, however if you work hard, and drive your personal career development, you are typically rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really think through change strategies before initiating. Give organisational changes a chance to embed before re-thinking and changing structures/ strategies. Engage with employees in advance on proposed organisational designs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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