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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.3 414 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot

Pascal Soriot

(104 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Could do so much better

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing staff - so much intellectual horsepower available. Dedicated and driven,

    ConsRelentless reorganizations and lack of commitment to on-going programs. Constant demand to do something new - demoralizing!

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    Senior Manager refuses to promote in order to keep employees in current roll.

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat sales training. The salary is probably competitive everywhere else in the country, but not having a cost of living adjustment for San Francisco (the most expensive city in the US) makes it difficult to stay.

    Good benefit package.

    ConsThe senior manager won't promote anyone, because she doesn't want any vacancies that could drop her overall sales. Thus, excellent reps are being kept at low levels and are becoming extremely dissatisfied.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people who deserve it, even if it means they'll leave your direct employment. Otherwise, they'll leave out of nowhere and you'll be unprepared.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great to their people, but career advancement an issue

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Waltham, MA

    ProsPeople are very bright and definitely care about each other. Senior management seems set on getting the house in order, and if Pfizer doesn't acquire the company, I think the company will see success in 2017. Work/life balance is very good, with nice family events. Nice amount of vacation; every year I got a free week off between Christmas and New Year's Day. Challenging work on real science. Even with cuts, the benefits are still very good.

    ConsCuts, cuts, cuts as the company goes through a patent drought. Research head has made clear that he does not believe in informatics, so the group has been heavily cut. Success of the company does not necessarily mean success for the employee or for their site. Layoffs and site closures are now frequent, and I don't think there is any company that is better at doing reorgs like clockwork every two years or less. Benefits and perks are cut every year. The company is focused on large molecules so the small-molecule sites, like Waltham, are even more at risk of closure. It's hard to advance here, particularly without relocating. There are deep cultural rifts between the US, UK and Sweden and they are not acknowledged or properly addressed; the result is a charged political environment where people don't understand each others' styles or meanings. A lot of people are leaving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecide whether you care about your employees. Maybe provide cultural training on differences between US, UK and Swedish preferences, although there have been many heavy-handed attempts at cultural training without much change. Train managers to look out for their staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very good work environment in the first five years but that declined later.

    Senior Her Manager (Current Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsFlexibility to work from home

    Consunstable work environment and constant turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet a plan that is achievable and stop changing working and reporting structures for the sake of change.
    This has led to low employee engagement and low productivity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Downsizing over the past 5 years.

    Procurement (Former Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsTotal compensation package was great in terms of benefits, salary, bonus and stock options.

    Professional work environment including amenities.

    Current CEO doing best job he can to keep company afloat.

    AZ is involved with so many volunteer activities and community involvement.

    ConsConstant reorganizations throughout the years.

    Recent M&A actions by Pfizer will keep remaining staff in Wilmington on edge. Future outlook for new employees is quite bleak given a potential takeover by Pfizer or merger with another major Pharma.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemain independent and stave off future M&A attempts to protect Delawarean jobs and Wilmington Site.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsConservative company with long history of success. Senior management team is strong and has vision for future return to growth. Good benefits and many opportunities if willing to be flexible. One of the best "big-pharma" companies to work for. Historically very stable and fair place to work.

    ConsVery difficult to advance in the sales organization. Limited pipeline and loss of patent exclusivity leads to feelings of job insecurity. Lower pay than other pharma companies. Slow to make changes. The technology and IT support in place is challenging to say the least.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe senior sales leadership team is very good. Middle management lacks vision and leadership. Work to improve communication and do not rely on the company's home page and email alerts as the main vehicle to provide faith in the future.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat benefits & pay. very nice working atmosphere

    Consmicromanaged, laid off right after starting working.

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    Good company, questionable management

    Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist (Former Employee) Pitts, PA

    ProsThey have great products and great benefits

    ConsIts big Pharma and all a numbers game.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue the people in the field, not just the ones in the upper mgt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    PSS (Current Employee) Watertown, NY

    ProsGood company, some real bad mangers in tough to fill geographies

    ConsLower salaries, bonus getting harder to make. Lots of fuzzy

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome micro management issues killing sales/reps...time consuming trackers tracking information already being captured and tracked by the database.
    Many great leaders but some really poor ones in geographies that are tough to fill.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company

    Customer Service Associate (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsAmazing company to work for. Management strives to help you succeed, in constant contact to see how you're doing and how they can help. Benefits are great, hours are great, work is fairly easy, pay is very good for what you do.

    ConsLots of focus on numbers, but that's to be expected in this industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn your markets - some locations in the US (specifically the midwest) have poor access/sampling opportunities with drugs. Quit penalizing your workers because of decisions made by hospitals not to accept samples anymore.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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