AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
453 Reviews
3.3
453 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is good with opportunity to move within the company (in 61 reviews)

  • Great Pay and benefits are good as well (in 14 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Medical information manager

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    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
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Professional Sales Rep

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Company in flux

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    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
  9.  

    DSM

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distrifct Sales Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Distrifct Sales Manager in Provo, UT

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work where you wanted to.

    Cons

    Micro-Everything, outrageous goals designed to keep you on edge - RD was constantly threatening me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For once in your life try trusting your employees. You get our sales numbers every week: Why is this not enough for you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Review on a former employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Most of my colleagues enjoyed good work and life balance and the very good company culture (Wilmington DE). People took care of each other and worked as a family. The base pay was not the best in the industry but the bonus amount was decent. People also enjoyed the stability and were focused on their work, until the big change happened in 2010.

    Cons

    The limited band levels makes it challenging to make climb career ladder. A PhD level scientist might stay as Senior Scientist forever.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Big Pharma Dinosaur

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Above average Salary & Benefits, Great Mission of Helping Patients, Great People

    Cons

    Management rearview looking & not ready for reality of future branded drug business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce Middle Management & Simplify

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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