AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
427 Reviews

3.3
427 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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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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.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Successful launch to my career

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Quality products, good people, focused on success across the area and patient needs. Stretch goals are attainable but hard to exceed

    Cons

    High Pressure, tendency for micro management. Multiple counterparts makes it more difficult to identify individual impact on the territory. Lower bonus payouts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Good Wok environment ,good pay and compensation

    Cons

    outsourcing the job to vendors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stressful company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Frequent reorganizations can offer many different job opportunities. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Frequent reorganizations lead to constant downsizing. Fear of constant job loss is very stressful and pressure on existing employees to perform is high. Tend to layoff more tenured employees with most knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cannot continue to prosper when you lose people with knowledge and experience of the company and systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Company is long past its "glory days", expiring soon with its major patents

    Current Employee - Director  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beautiful campus in WIlmington with onsite guy

    Cons

    very bureaucratic and lots of changes in the organization as many are leaving

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many re-organizations, when will the dust settle?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at AstraZeneca as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very bright, driven, hardworking individuals. Good pay and benefits. Very flexible work hours. A lot of opportunity to move within the company.

    Cons

    Due to the lack of new FDA approved block buster drugs, there continues to be downsizing/re-orgs to offset expected future corporate losses.

    Too many re-organizations, which make it difficult to focus on the job at hand. Every six months you are worried if you do/do not have a job.

    Too much work on the individuals left standing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a solid well informed decision and stick with it for a little while before changing direction again. A lot of productivity and momentum is lost this way, not to mention your top talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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