AstraZeneca

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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
476 Reviews
3.3
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
133 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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  1.  

    AstraZeneca review

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    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
  2.  

    A Company that is evolving

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    • 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
  3.  

    Medical information manager

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    Former Employee - Medical Info Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Medical Info Manager in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Training good, environment friendly, office culture good, leadership and growth opportunity pretty good, company values good

    Cons

    Company used to be in Delaware which wasn't the most exciting place for someone right out of school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more diverse opportunities for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Short but a great company

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    Former Employee - TBM in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - TBM in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very little micromanagement in my territory. This varies according to the manager. Good pay, good products.

    Cons

    POD environment. If you have a weak link it can kill your bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on culture!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of work to be micromanaged for low pay.

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    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.

  8.  

    AstraZeneca

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    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
  9.  

    Professional Sales Rep

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    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
  10.  

    Company in flux

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    Excellent science
    Good colleagues
    Good work life balance
    The CEO Soriot is slowly turning the ship around

    Cons

    Middle management not in touch with levels above or below
    Slow decision making
    Cutting staff and research sites year on year
    Exiting major disease areas year on year
    Medimmune acquisition not paying off
    Horrible IT system for scientists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sharpen focus further - drive decisions faster -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    DSM

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distrifct Sales Manager in Provo, UT
    Former Employee - Distrifct Sales Manager in Provo, UT

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to work where you wanted to.

    Cons

    Micro-Everything, outrageous goals designed to keep you on edge - RD was constantly threatening me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For once in your life try trusting your employees. You get our sales numbers every week: Why is this not enough for you?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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