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AstraZeneca Reviews in Alderley Park, England

Updated Dec 30, 2013
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot

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A sandwich year placement in AZ.

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

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

ProsExcellent support from everyone. Amazing facilities.

ConsConcerns regarding to site relocation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience, but felt a bit out of the loop

Medicinal Chemistry Placement Student (Current Employee)
Alderley Park, England (UK)

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

ProsSocial - most people in your team/section have tea together. Often, large lunch groups form.
Great food - very good restaurant for lunch, tho the prices started to creep up quite high.

Good facilities - usually have access to all the equipment you would want.

Plenty of consumables budget.

Sense of community/belonging.

Opportunities for secondments and further training

Great sports clubs and facilities.

ConsFor me, I felt very disconnected from the projects I worked on, as I was quite junior, I wasn't invited to design meetings - I'd just be given a target list. This quickly became tiresome, just feeling like a chemistry machine without purpose.

Whilst I was there (2007-2008), we hit recession and the company restructured, with a whole section losing their jobs in one afternoon. That was a tough experience for everybody.

AZ don't seem to have a clear vision for their product pipeline. This makes me worry about their future. The solution is not to just keep buying out biological companies.

Often, there was too much emphasis on effociency and six-sigma, rather than thinking more carefully about how targets are designed and distributed to chemists.

No communication happened between chemists and biologists (and others). This only happened at a team leader level.

Many projects seemed to have stagnated - they had been around a long time.

Advice to Senior ManagementDrug discovery is inherently interdisciplinary. Make time to allow all departments on a project to communicate with all members of that project team. Also, involve all medicinal chemists in the design process. This will prevent stagnation and breed creativity, to push on projects faster.

Think less about how a process fits into the lean sigma strategy and more about how to get te best quality from the molecules and data you generate, rather than just making things quickly.

The career progression path is a bit mystical to new recruits.

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Relaxed place to work

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

I have been working at AstraZeneca

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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