AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture. Able to work from home

    Cons

    Training. Much self instruction. Maerials are not comprehensive


  2. Good company, employees seem to genuinely care about the work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  3. Director

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


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  5. Good company to work for - good pay, benefits and atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    be as transparent as you can be


  6. Helpful (1)

    Interesting experience

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca

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

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Poor Leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca

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

    Pros

    Nice office space and cafeteria

    Cons

    Bureaucratic; no vision; stuck in a rut

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  8. Great Company, Uncertain Future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good opportunities, international working experience

    Cons

    New drug pipeline has been poor for many years. Uncertain future company growth/profits. Management is risk adverse.

    Advice to Management

    Line managers needs to be more supporting and change with upper managements change in culture.


  9. Enjoyed 30+ yrs. with AZ but final 5 were very difficult as product and sr. leadership failures ran through the company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AZ, like all big pharmaceuticals companies, has been rocked by generic competition, government regulations, etc. but still tend to pay very well, provide good if not excellent benefits, comfortable work environments, training opportunities and opportunities for advancement. AZ also works hard to be recognized as, ethical, diverse, flexible, family friendly and an all around good place to work. In my view they did not always achieve this in all areas of this huge organization but the effort was always present.

    Cons

    AZ, like most big companies, is too bureaucratic.
    While down-sizing, the work-life balance message rings hollow because those who manage to keep their jobs are working more and more hours. This can't be helped and employees are smart enough to realize it without holding much of a grudge.

    Advice to Management

    Consider totally revamping the performance review system. Start new. Benchmark as far away from the pharmaceuticals industry as you can get. As a manager, it was the worst part of the job. Most employees thought it was "old school" or no completely fair. Managers too often found themselves making much of nothing just to force differentiation between individuals with no appreciable performance differences. I have to believe there is a better system out there somewhere.


  10. Awesome company.

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to interact, share ideas, and collaborate with senior leadership.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Great work


  11. Big and small at the same time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn and contribute

    Cons

    Past Failures in new drug creation



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