AstraZeneca Reviews in Macclesfield, England

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
430 Reviews

3.3
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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.  

    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    Slightly out of date processes.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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    AZ IT - not always a happy place

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for 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
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  5.  

    middling

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People work here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Met some of the best and brightest people here. The company has a great loyal work force despite the constant change

    Cons

    A growing feeling that commitment to the Company is 'old fashioned. Petty cost cutting has made it difficult to attend conferences, seminars etc to keep on top of the latest developments. Allowing Scientists to innovate and try ideas would work in any location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop a blanket approach to re-organising the Company and being prepared to let the best go. Sort the IT out!

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  9. 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 for less than a 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
  10.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • 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 People Bad overall Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great place to work. Relaxed atmosphere. Fantastic site and facilities at Alderley Park.

    Cons

    large number of people who have only ever worked for AZ/Zeneca/ICI. No idea of outside world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the right decisions in the clinic. Invest more in scientists and getting young hungry people in rather than relying on an aging non engaged workforce.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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