AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
439 Reviews
3.3
439 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
116 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    So far, so good!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Good!

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promote 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Could do so much better

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  7.  

    Great to their people, but career advancement an issue

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

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

    Pros

    People 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.

    Cons

    Cuts, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Decide 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Her Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Senior Her Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    unstable work environment and constant turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Downsizing over the past 5 years.

    Former Employee - Procurement  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Procurement in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Total 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.

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Specialist

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

    Pros

    Conservative 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    AstraZeneca

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    great benefits & pay. very nice working atmosphere

    Cons

    micromanaged, laid off right after starting working.

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