AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
429 Reviews

3.3
429 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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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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  1.  

    A company in disarray

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    Former Employee - Associate Director  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits, work/life good, quality coworkers and a professional environment

    Cons

    Constant uncertainty in the midst of regular downsizings along with weak attempts to boost morale has made many people wary of staying with the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked at the Westborough MA facility

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Westborough, MA

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great culture with wonderful, supportive team-oriented people at all levels of the organization

    Cons

    Only minor equipment issues occasionally nothing out of the ordinary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great overall company and experience

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay,work life balance and benefits.
    Fantastic place to start and continue a career in pharmaceuticals. I would recommend working here.

    Cons

    Pod selling and your manager can make or break your career. Went through layoffs every other year.
    Training away from your family can be up to a month when you first start

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unstable work environment

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and not much else.

    Cons

    Poor management practices and lack of communication. Management is closed doors and little communication allowed for employee issues. Things get pushed back and you fear your job security. Trusting your coworkers looks to be questionable here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate issues better with workers on the lower end of the chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanaged and overkill

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good base salary, good benefits, nice cars

    Cons

    If you need someone to watch over you and tell you what to do, then this is the place for you. They changed their selling module within my division and caused a complete overkill of reps calling on the same doctors with the same product lineups and weighting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less is more sometimes!

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

    Good Benefits, not much else

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    Current Employee - Senior Architecture Lead  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Architecture Lead in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Benefits, competitive pay
    Company cares about work/life balance
    The new leadership (C level at the very top) seems to care, and is enthusiastic

    Cons

    A constant cycle or re-organzations have left the IS/IT workforce jaded and demoralized. Morever, over-reliance on outsourcing have decimated critical IT capabilities (but not surprisingly, the politically astute bureacrats continue to survive and prosper in such re-orgs). That along with the mind-numbing bureacracy and a cornucopia of outsourced service providers, has ensured that that the more skilled and creative employees have either left, or volunteered for redundancy. The only people who are really interested is sticking around now are those with big pensions waiting at the end of the line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to enthuse and engage with the employees - Also own up and learn from the past failures. Go back to basics - great technology still need great engineers, and techs. Ensure that every person who works in IT - employee or outsorced vendor - is well qualified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Career learning opportunity for field sales and sales management.

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training and Personal Growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Company politics, Annual Performance Evaluations, jobs are often "restructured" and eliminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at those employees making meaningful contributions vs. promoting those who make the most noise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    So far so good

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Working at RDI, it's pretty ok so far, easy work!

    Cons

    too much technical problems to get my system up and ruining and start the job!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    So far, so good!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Autonomy to do your job well.

    Cons

    Career Development is frequently lacking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Pay is better than industry average.

    Cons

    Managers like to Micro manage. It is hard to move up because there are not many openings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanaging.

    Recommends

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