AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
457 Reviews
3.3
457 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
123 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is good with opportunity to move within the company (in 62 reviews)

  • AZ IT can be very well paid with great benefits (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is suffering as additional work is piled on the few that remain (in 10 reviews)

  • No rep advocates amongst senior management and very few capable FLSM's (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture, money, and the benefits

    Cons

    There can be a potential for layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new management is great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    AstraZeneca review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment and work/life balance

    Cons

    Competition in the work place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Ole boys club

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A Company that is evolving

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Regulatory Editor in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Senior Regulatory Editor in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and the leaders are struggling in a competitive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Times are changing, Many services in the company are now being outsourced offshore. The company has to continue to find new important blockbuster drugs to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop some new important drugs that actually help or cure major diseases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Medical information manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Medical Info Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Medical Info Manager in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training good, environment friendly, office culture good, leadership and growth opportunity pretty good, company values good

    Cons

    Company used to be in Delaware which wasn't the most exciting place for someone right out of school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more diverse opportunities for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Short but a great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TBM in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - TBM in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very little micromanagement in my territory. This varies according to the manager. Good pay, good products.

    Cons

    POD environment. If you have a weak link it can kill your bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on culture!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    too large and too many partners, many changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Hackensack, NJ
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Hackensack, NJ

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

    Pros

    very good benefits, insurance, vacation

    Cons

    too many representatives per doctor, pods are large

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the representatives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of work to be micromanaged for low pay.

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The experience is good. If you can work there, you can handle anywhere. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Low pay
    Mediocre management team
    Too many conference calls

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the adults you hired run their territories. Stop with the job-justification busywork & silly, redundant conference calls.

  9.  

    AstraZeneca

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great and bonus at end of year

    Cons

    Office culture is changing to open floor plan

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Professional Sales Rep

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    Former Employee - Professional Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Professional Sales Specialist

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good products and great resources for patients and providers

    Cons

    Management is ineffective, there is little room for growth if you do not live near home office. Lots of politics and nepotism. Yes men survive well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the trenches and provide real solutions not just get out there and get it done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company in flux

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Excellent science
    Good colleagues
    Good work life balance
    The CEO Soriot is slowly turning the ship around

    Cons

    Middle management not in touch with levels above or below
    Slow decision making
    Cutting staff and research sites year on year
    Exiting major disease areas year on year
    Medimmune acquisition not paying off
    Horrible IT system for scientists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sharpen focus further - drive decisions faster -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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