AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
430 Reviews

3.3
430 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
113 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company, great culture, but needs change of some areas of leadership

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, great flexibility. Very good benefits..difficult to find another company that stacks up

    Cons

    A bit chaotic these days. lack of direction and leadership make it difficult for staff to be successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the more pressing issues regarding lack of leadership need to be raised to higher levels of leadership for resolution

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company to work for !!!

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    Former Employee - Clinical Operations  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Clinical Operations in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Very talented workforce
    - Team oriented working environment
    - Excellent compensation and benefits package
    - Flexible work schedules supported

    Cons

    - Frequent strategy changes leading to more layoffs in recent years
    - Need to do more with less has led to resource challenges in some functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frequent strategy changes is very hard on the staff when so many jobs/people are impacted. Pick a direction and try to see it through before changing again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoyed working for this well-run, traditional style, large scale pharmaceutical company.

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is that they treat their people well. Many of the individuals I worked with had been with the company 15 years or more.

    Cons

    Challenges at this company had much to do with its large scale and lack of nimbleness in making changes with the status quo. New ideas, however well received, rarely materialized into new processes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Professional Growth and Development - if you are proactive.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Great flexible working, benefits and pay. Global organization so many opportunities to learn and make friends across the water.

    Cons

    Constant change without enough resources. Huge layoffs in Wilmington have impacted the working environment negatively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it is difficult for all of those leaving the company due to relocation, employees have received very good separation packages. Overall, I believe AZ is a very humane company to its employees. As with any organization, there are good leaders and poor leaders -- keep the good leaders!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good people, very little room to grow, especially in manufacturing operations/supply chain.

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    Former Employee - Operations Supply Chain  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Operations Supply Chain in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, flexible hours, good for global experience., great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    A lot of people get "assigned" to new opportunities, very little opportunity for the lay person to advance unless you are a chosen one. A lot of turmoil right now as HQ moving to Gaithersburg

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Yikes! Does ANYONE know whats going on?

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, salary competitive, company vehcile

    Cons

    Due to recent changes with the buyout, no one seems to know whats going on....ever. Managment is numerous and in the dark to the future. If you want career growth, you need to have serious connections in the home office which means you need to live there no matter how good you skill sets match the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start; then find a better company

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    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance, access to senior leadership

    Cons

    Leadership, politics, no room for growth

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Used to be a decent place to work. Management has some issues.

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    Current Employee - Service Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Service Manager in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, flexible work arrangements, great benefits. For the most part the people are good to work with and there was good collaboration.

    Cons

    Too many shakeups and constantly reorganizing causing significant drop in morale. Senior management was clueless at times. Direct line management was poor in some cases. It really depended on what department you worked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the shakeups and reorgs. Do more to increase morale. Hopefully this latest major reorganization will take hold. The jury is still out if it will be successful.

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

    district sales manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    diversity of therapeutic areas and products

    Cons

    limited promotional opportunities outside of headquarters

  11.  

    A company in disarray

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, work/life good, quality coworkers and a professional environment

    Cons

    Constant uncertainty in the midst of regular downsizings along with weak attempts to boost morale has made many people wary of staying with the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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