AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Good Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer, Manufacturing Operations in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer, Manufacturing Operations in Westborough, MA

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Employees are the best at all levels. Good culture

    Cons

    some local senior directors run there own agenda doing what they want. Spoils it for everyone.Bad apples everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Always transitioning

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    the people at the astrazeneca/ amylin site was great and very easy to work with

    Cons

    Being in a transitional company, from Amylin to BMS to Astrazeneca, room for personal development was not there as the group was in an ongoing company transition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. District Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Great company with great products and are very well known within the medical community.

    Cons

    Leadership gets very scared from low numbers. There is hammer down approach when things aren't going good and they have a hard time leading their way out of the hard times without hiring people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Senior Scientist

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Nice building. Good work environment. Good benefits. OK salary.

    Cons

    Notoriously slow and difficult to get promoted. The Waltham site is on the edge of an active volcano. Although it has been gone through a series of reduction, the worst has not come, yet. Brilliant scientists are leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Good company, employees seem to genuinely care about the work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    1. Encourage measured risk-taking-- Work fast / smart and it's OK to fail "small"
    2. Emphasis on bringing ideas to the table
    3. Overall flexibility wrt work/life
    4. Integration with new partners brought fresh ideas

    Cons

    1. Female leaders seem to be disappearing
    2. Resources are squeezed with every re-org
    3. Need better change management and training for partner/leaders new to AZ

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for keeping it interesting. Also, please see cons, above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Great culture. Able to work from home

    Cons

    Training. Much self instruction. Maerials are not comprehensive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and company is doing well. Site is expanding and many new job opportunities well be available. Very team-focused effort and site is critical for Astrazeneca.

    Cons

    Direction and priorities are not always clear. Communication could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Good company to work for - good pay, benefits and atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Overall a good company, good pay benefits and working conditions. Good retirement and bonus plans, on site gym and child care

    Cons

    at times the leadership could be more transparent with goals and company challenges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be as transparent as you can be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Poor Leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Nice office space and cafeteria

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; no vision; stuck in a rut

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Interesting experience

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    This was my first "Big Pharma" job. Good benefits. Manager was good, but heard from peers most DMs were more micromanaging. 401K and healthcare were very good.

    Cons

    No ability to be entrepreneurial, worked in a pod. Spent way to much time doing training that wasn't relevant to the job like hours of "how to drive a car" training. Company tells you who to see and how often to see them with minimal ability to make real changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free up your employees! Give smaller territories and full responsibilities within zip codes. No specialty reps and primary care reps- just reps. No more than 2 people working in a territory. With large pods, it feels like you spend more time coordinating than selling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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