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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
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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 66 reviews)

  • AZ IT can be very well paid with great benefits (in 32 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.  

    Sales Intern

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    Current Employee - Sales Intern in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Sales Intern in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Working at AstraZeneca was incredible. Even as an intern I was treated like any other person. I was encouraged to work with advertising agencies by myself developing my own concepts. I was encouraged to sit in meetings just to learn. Everyone from the team I worked with was so friendly and caring. I had an incredible time there.

    Cons

    Pretty much the only way to get into the company entry-level is through the traveling sales staff. Which isn't for everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company, Uncertain Future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good opportunities, international working experience

    Cons

    New drug pipeline has been poor for many years. Uncertain future company growth/profits. Management is risk adverse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Line managers needs to be more supporting and change with upper managements change in culture.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyed 30+ yrs. with AZ but final 5 were very difficult as product and sr. leadership failures ran through the company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    AZ, like all big pharmaceuticals companies, has been rocked by generic competition, government regulations, etc. but still tend to pay very well, provide good if not excellent benefits, comfortable work environments, training opportunities and opportunities for advancement. AZ also works hard to be recognized as, ethical, diverse, flexible, family friendly and an all around good place to work. In my view they did not always achieve this in all areas of this huge organization but the effort was always present.

    Cons

    AZ, like most big companies, is too bureaucratic.
    While down-sizing, the work-life balance message rings hollow because those who manage to keep their jobs are working more and more hours. This can't be helped and employees are smart enough to realize it without holding much of a grudge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider totally revamping the performance review system. Start new. Benchmark as far away from the pharmaceuticals industry as you can get. As a manager, it was the worst part of the job. Most employees thought it was "old school" or no completely fair. Managers too often found themselves making much of nothing just to force differentiation between individuals with no appreciable performance differences. I have to believe there is a better system out there somewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to interact, share ideas, and collaborate with senior leadership.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Big and small at the same time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Great place to learn and contribute

    Cons

    Past Failures in new drug creation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Great work, meaningful work, good portfolio

    Cons

    highly bureaucratic; complex reporting lines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    flatten the structure

  8.  

    Fun place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Good colleagues, interesting work, research focused
    Social events outside work
    comp is comparable to other competitors
    benefits are not bad

    Cons

    some bureaucracy
    unclear what the long term r&d strategy will be
    US Europe cultural issues sometimes can be difficult to work with

  9.  

    My internship at AstraZeneca helped me gain so much experience and insight into both the pharmaceutical and commercial learning industry.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Was able to work directly with senior level managers, participate in development programs taken by all level employees, and have individual meet and greets with senior employees across multiple business functions.

    Cons

    I did wish there were more opportunities to be hired on full time within the commercial learning department after graduation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to give interns exposer to meet, learn and observe from senior management.

  10.  

    Large Pharma Company in the Maryland area

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good starting salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Middle management do not value their employees. Yearly pay raises small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt more of MedImmune's culture and values. There is a difference.

  11.  

    Unhealthy and dysfunctional Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Management in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Management in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Some good people who work hard
    Good pay
    New CEO has plans to improve the dying drug pipeline

    Cons

    Too many reorganizations and uncertainty over the past few years.

    A lot of office politics at AZ and contracting companies who work within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye out for mid level management to ensure that they are actually doing work!

    If you are going to downsize, just do it and get it over with instead of the slow torture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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