AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
457 Reviews
3.3
457 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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123 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is good with opportunity to move within the company (in 62 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 10 reviews)

  • No rep advocates amongst senior management and very few capable FLSM's (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work!

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    • 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
  2.  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - First Line Sales Manager in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - First Line Sales Manager in Cairo (Egypt)

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

    Pros

    good career growth and opportunities for posting

    Cons

    Unstable strategy from top management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to be more people orinted

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    too large and too many partners, many changes

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    • 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
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  5.  

    A lot of work to be micromanaged for low pay.

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    • 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.

  6.  

    Good opportunities for me, but I don't believe it has the pipeline to succeed long term

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pricing Director in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Pricing Director in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Had a very supportive culture, but like most places it was very dependent on which team you're in and who your boss is
    Great at selling stuff!

    Cons

    Crazy internal governance and decision making - very driven by personalities rather than reason
    I left when things were going a bit crazy - hopefully things are better now.
    The pipeline was looking extremely thin. Not sure it has transformed in the way the external world (and Pfizer) thinks it has
    Talent management and development was for the few, and was totally dependent on the goodwill of your line manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve decision making at the highest level
    Make development and talent management accessible to all.

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

    AstraZeneca review

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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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible and good work life balance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits and bonus structure, good opportunities to work in other areas. Decisions can take some time though. Good place to work

    Cons

    Quite political and sometimes have to work in role above your level without getting paid and compensated for this (and getting job title).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits great but need to find a way of keeping the large experience and knowledge of people due to the re-structure of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    AstraZeneca

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    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Professional Sales Rep

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good products and great resources for patients and providers

    Cons

    Management is ineffective, there is little room for growth if you do not live near home office. Lots of politics and nepotism. Yes men survive well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people in the trenches and provide real solutions not just get out there and get it done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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