AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
462 Reviews
3.3
462 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 64 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 11 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 company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    This job was my first job out of college and I couldn't have asked for a better company. I was introduced to corporate America, the pharmaceutical industry, and also gained amazing experience being a sales rep. Great coaching and training. The benefits are amazing and you can't beat the work/life balance. The company genuinely cares about their employees and is always checking in to make sure that we have what we need to succeed and be happy. Love working here.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is lack of personal development. Being in sales, you continue to do the same thing and say the same thing for years to come. Even if you get promoted, you still essentially have the same responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on ways to keep the sales reps engaged and constantly growing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    LIFT Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - LIFT in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - LIFT in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at AstraZeneca as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Training on SAP, Excel were beneficial. Great opportunity to network. Resume workshop was awesome. Pay is better than most other internships I've seen. Talking about this internship in interviews landed me my dream job. You can learn a ton from the people who work here. Many came over from public accounting, but backgrounds differ. I felt that people went out of their way to see me succeed.

    Cons

    The odds of this internship turning into a job are slim to none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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    AstraZeneca review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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
  6.  

    A Company that is evolving

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  7.  

    Medical information manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Great place to launch a career, but not the best internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Intern in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - IS Intern in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pretty good organizational culture -- employees from all functional areas are approachable, many fun events such as fairs, world cup parties, etc...
    As an intern, I felt comfortable cold e-mailing just about anyone and asking for one-on-one interviews to learn more about the business.
    Amazing work/life balance. No pressure to work long hours whatsoever. Most interns left very early or telecommuted on Fridays!

    Cons

    If you are not a self-starter, this is not for you. Their internship lacks the structure that other internship 'programs' contain. It is often unclear what your responsibilities or tasks are and even more unclear where oversight comes in. They put a little too much faith in interns with little explanation, creating an environment where most interns felt underutilized and really confused about their role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mandatory weekly performance reviews in the first month would be an easy and vital step to resuscitate interns at that beginning stretch where many will check out if feeling underutilized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    too large and too many partners, many changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of work to be micromanaged for low pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  11.  

    AstraZeneca

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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