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
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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-ish

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Lots of collaborations available with academia as well as other labs around the world.

    Cons

    It's a new effort so its like building a lab from the ground up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad, but not all that great, either.

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, ok salary, great job flexibility. You can manage your territory however you like. Lots of perks...car/gas/parking, computer, phone stipend each month.

    Cons

    Managers are, for the most park, very week and afraid to speak up. Extremely hard to move beyond the PSS phase into management. Lots of company politics. Check the box kind of job...being intelligent and wanting to engage customers can be seen negatively from a company that prefers you just deliver a message and grab a signature.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about individual rep traits and strengths. Don't be afraid to speak up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fanntastic Corporate Culture and a Beautiful Place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    In house cafeteria, walking trails, free coffee

    Cons

    There was nothing I could complain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Marketed products to practices within assigned territory to gain awareness and increase market share.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great Company to for in all aspects of sales and marketing

    Cons

    No upward ward mobility available within the current infrastructure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your direct reports find ways to grow and advance

  6.  

    Vibrant work environment that wants its employees to advance and succeed.

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Intern  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing Intern in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People, pay, the ability to rotate through different departments as an intern.

    Cons

    Very large corporation whose different departments do not interact often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    An unpleasant experience amidst a culture of fear

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Great salary, onsite hair salon, store & gym--that's about it.

    Cons

    Pretty much all else; a once great workplace brought to its knees by the ill-fated merger with Astra; continuous reorganization, Byzantine layers of bureaucracy, nonsensical cost-cutting (to the point of workers' having to scrounge for basic office supplies, no $ for professional development of any kind, virtually all business travel cut for anyone outside of upper, upper management), leaders who are blatant in their disregard for employees, promotions doled out to the undeserving, constant shuffling of employees from building to building (8 different offices/cubes in 10 years), the worst IT department in the business, outsourcing of major functions, an essentially worthless HR department, no pipeline to speak of (and horrible mishandling of existing products by ineffective marketing staff), no opportunity for advancement, a pervasively toxic culture with fearful, unhappy employees, a horrible cafeteria with surly staff, bad food, and cheesy cutlery and napkins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At least try to pretend you care about those who work for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micromanaged

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline, strong cash flow and strong product mix

    Cons

    Micromanaged, team selling with teams competing against each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let talent soar, let laziness die

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

    a company looking to redefine its direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    this was an interesting work environment but the goals were always changing. The people were great, very dedicated, and committed to making things work.

    Cons

    The direction of the company was never clear. There was a lot of change at the senior management level resulting in shifting policies and seemingly constant downsizing. Everything has a process or it doesn't exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a need to refocus and communicate the direction of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company, but a bit chaotic at the moment

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    Current Employee - Director, R&D  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Director, R&D in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay & benefits; flexible work schedules; brilliant people

    Cons

    Current organizational change has turned everything upside down. Could be great opportunity for some; for others it's been a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that you have the right people, with the right skillset, in the right positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I learned to work under many managers and under many different styles.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Professional environment for the most part. The offices are fun to call upon.

    Cons

    Management sticks up for management. Managers have way too much power over the reps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Does the phrase....they were afraid to tell the emperor he wore no clothes mean anything to anyone?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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