AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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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 for direct labor (in 11 reviews)

  • Poor senior management ans compensation hike (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Excellent benefits and the flex time options available make AZ a great company. Times are changing though!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are great, and the leaders in my group are respectful and supportive. They are always looking for opportunities for their employees to grow professionally.

    Cons

    Times are changing, and some of the work-life balance benefits are being challenged. I hope the new CIO doesn't mess things up! All software development has been outsourced offshore.

    Advice to Management

    People love working for AstraZeneca, and that is because of the flex time available and the respect for employees. If that changes. the highly talented folks will either leave or stop doing a good job.


  2. A great place to work, and a great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AstraZeneca is a very healthy organization which understands the present and upcoming challenges the company and industry face. The company has build a solid foundation of guiding principles and has a clear and simple vision. The company leaders understand how important the people are and treat them accordingly. There are several employee recognition programs as well as generous benefits. Some of the benefits include matching 401K, comprehensive health, dental and vision insurance, tuition reimbursement and other great benefits. The employees of AstraZeneca provide a very welcoming, friendly and inclusive atmosphere and I find that I am treated like family more than just another employee. AstraZeneca also does a lot for the surrounding communnities of each site. Employees get involved in volunteer opportunities during working hours. Other great aspects of working at AZ are the opportunities for growth and promotion, there are many great leadership training seminars and on-line self paced training, and AZ has a tendency to promote from within. AstraZeneca develops leaders and provides many great opportunities.

    Cons

    The downsides of working for AZ are the same as working for many large corporations, there is a level of beauracracy when trying to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is Key! Keep employees informed. Sometimes you must remind management that their job is to remove the barriers so their employees can get their work done.


  3. AstraZeneca is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, work/life balance, quality of coworkers with regard to dedication and competence. AZ is committed to staying focused on bringing new medicines to the market and paying attention to any possible safety issues early on to enhance patient safety. While profits are important to all businesses, AstraZeneca puts patient safety first.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape involved with all aspects of job performance... many forms and processes for everything. There is a very corporate feel about AZ... it's definitely not a place where you can feel that you are part of a family (which can be both good and bad).

    Advice to Management

    Keep staying ahead of the industry with regard to how AZ handles the changing environment. Make the paperwork associated with performance management less of a burden on employees.


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  5. Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great collaborative culture. Good benefits.

    Cons

    "Globalization" mismanaged. Seems to come down as mandate in the guise of efficiencies, rather than a process that could be more inclusive. Regional differences are sometimes discounted.

    Advice to Management

    Manage change better. Sometimes initiatives are pushed down in the name of globalization that do not take into account the cultural differences between regions.


  6. AZ Intern

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience with fun work to do.

    Cons

    Nothing really bad to say about this company.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  7. Helpful (1)

    Awesome and well worth it

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Facilities Engineer in Newark, DE
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Healthy workin environment to prove your self

    Cons

    can be tiring and workload might just come up. Have to be active at all times

    Advice to Management

    carry out the lean process more successfully


  8. I learned alot about the industry.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PSS in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - PSS in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits package Bonus structure and vehicle

    Cons

    Found messaging physicians a difficult way to sell.


  9. Excellent company to work for

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    Former Employee - Manager in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Westborough, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good people... There is a fantastic culture at AZ and it shows in its people. They are good with work life balance.

    Cons

    The company is downsizing in the manufacturing market and the pipeline is not that great, but they are investing heavily in research


  10. Exceptional company that typically takes the high road in an increasingly scrutinized industry with growing challenges.

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in White Plains, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Many strong employees that actually care about patient health * Solid upper management that has guided the company through many tough times * Lots of cash-- ready to acquire companies and compounds to build pipeline

    Cons

    * Patent expiration of blockbusters provides uncertain future * Collaborative efforts with other pharma companies poses a risk * Conservative marketing approach allows more aggressive competitors to take advantage with bolder claims

    Advice to Management

    * Keep communication open during times of change * Create a culture of career advancement * Focus on strengthening the sales force by making it leaner


  11. I was taught to sell there years ago.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Promotes from within. Familial feeling Management easily accessible Thus far, products with a clear benefit to patients Patient centered sales initiatives

    Cons

    Alot of time spent focusing on comlpliance and not sales Doesn't launch drugs very well



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