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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
478 Reviews
3.3
478 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
134 Ratings

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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    AstraZeneca

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Global Village (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Global Village (India)

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Good people, great bonus structure

    Cons

    Tolerates underperformance, soft culture; lacks integrity, lots of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is expedient, lacks integrity/backbone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Good Experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Positive environment that encourages learning and career development

    Cons

    Extremely Dynamic changes with delay in decision making for critical decisions.

  3.  

    Interactive highly collaborative organisation seeking to develop professionals driven to succeed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmacovigilance Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Pharmacovigilance Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is highly encouraged and valued Employees are treated like the professionals they are and are trusted to complete projects to time and quality.

    Cons

    Pressure can be high to perform and deliver in the context of tight timelines which may prove challenging but is offset with appropriate mentoring from experienced colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide mentors to less experienced employees and maintain flexible working hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    From great to not so great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Senior HRD
    Former Employee - Senior HRD

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Lot's of bright committed people eager to promote medicine ;international environment with a culture of helping others ,sharing and communication

    Cons

    Culture has taken a severe hit with a number of deep restructurings and the arrival of new CEO ;new CEO obviously does not trust previous leaders nor recognizes what has been achieved previously ;HR going down the drain with no more support for the business and fake values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Many years and many changes...overall like most big pharma companies, good benefits, generous vacation, bonuses ok

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist

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

    Pros

    benefits and compensation, work-life balance, i had good products to sell

    Cons

    management, management, management....unrealistic goals for areas with no managed care access

    Recommends
  7.  

    Astrazeneca

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, including very good health insurance. Typical perks of big pharma company.

    Cons

    Managers are stressed out consistently and therefore it can be a hostile working environment. Layoffs were a constant problem and so much so that some whole teams disappeared, even managers. This created a cut-throat scenario to work in with colleagues. Bonuses were not reflective of reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Positive reinforcement of employees works much better than badgering them. Employees felt that it was "us against the company" because of the illogical expectations and micromanaging. No one ever felt appreciated no matter how hard you worked or how high your numbers were.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Apbs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Environment, friendly colleagues, benefits

    Cons

    Process lead too manipulative, too micromanaging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, OH

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Work areas are clean and free of safety violations. work/life balance is good

    Cons

    Wages are below industry standards Management is disconnected to its work force. Opportunities for advancement is limited. Unsure about future direction of company.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult work environment- AstraZeneca West Chester, OH

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice, clean, modern facility with a great on-site café/grille. Many good people work there who genuinely care about the consumers of the diabetes medication that is produced there. The facility is large, with plenty of room to grow. The office areas have hydraulic desks which can be raised and lowered for maximum comfort while working. The plant is only a few years old and is maintained in an excellent fashion. The technology in use there is cutting edge and is very impressive.

    Cons

    Very little communication from departmental directors to their subordinates. I was there for over two years in a temporary position. The departmental director that I reported to seldom, if ever, spoke to me, nor did this person ever show (to me) any interest in the work that I performed. When it was necessary for me to speak to this person, I was treated like an interruption and a nuisance. I was eventually let go and my responsibilities were given to a full-time employee who was already working 45-50 hours a week. The department that I was a part of was very over-worked and very under-staffed, yet temporary workers like me were being let go because the departmental director did not want us on the budget any longer. Apparently, there was no thought given to the work load of the employees who were forced to do their own job and to take on another person's job. After being there as long as I was, I feel qualified to say that this facility is poorly managed from middle management downward, with few exceptions. I did all that they asked me for over two years- I was trying to prove myself and show my loyalty to them, but that did not matter to the decision-makers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The on-site Operations Director is a great guy and I have no issue with him in any way. The Departmental Directors need to communicate with and listen to those who report to them- listen to their concerns and take time to learn (from them) what they do and why it matters. Hire the ones that are there and doing the work instead of letting them go and forcing other people to take on more responsibilities when they are already overworked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Company review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Athens (Greece)

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

    Pros

    Reputation of the company is well established to customers.
    Variety of products that cover helath needs of a significant number of patients.
    Products that work and satify both company customers (HCPs) and patients.
    Additional benefits to employees.

    Cons

    Global strategy cannot be applied at local level due to environment status.
    Lack of leadership and communication within various level.
    Lack of transparecy in employees management; process in various maters is not subjective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act in a more fair way to employees.
    Increase professional opportunities withn the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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