AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  1. one of the best companies to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nether Alderley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nether Alderley, England (UK)

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

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

    Pros

    Very nice corporate culture , excellent opportunities for growth , new & latest technologies to work with . co-operative team and management

    Cons

    Don't have many office locations , far from city , isolated areas , should be good if you can drive else it would be a nightmare to reach office in time

    Advice to Management

    Don't have many office locations , far from city , isolated areas , should be good if you can drive else it would be a nightmare to reach office in time. would to really good to see a shuttle running to the nearest train station

  2. Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - Interesting, Unstable
    Current Employee - Interesting, Unstable

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Dynamic, challengaing, team oriantated, well payed

    Cons

    Slow changing, with bad work life ballance

    Advice to Management

    look in details

  3. Good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Op Tech in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Op Tech in Macclesfield, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and wage are good

    Cons

    Some difficult people work there

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  5. Sandwich placement student

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Real research projects even for a placement student.

    Cons

    The company decided to move sites.

  6. Excellent company, but lots of work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca

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

    Pros

    Really open culture with quite a flat hierarchy. People generally want to do the right thing and while the ways of working can be long and boring, at least there are processes that are mostly being adhered to.

    The top leadership is very good (Soriot really turned it around) and there was a clear direction for this company which was clearly communicated to staff. Also nice that the employee survey results are actually acted upon. The values at AZ seemed to me to be more than just meaningless words on paper.

    Cons

    While I was around, resources were so tightly squeezed that I was working flat out and could barely keep my head above water with work.It started to make me ill. The management had taken on a load more work and hadn't recruited more staff to keep up. We were expected for months to soldier on and also make improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to move around departments more - especially people in manufacturing to go to global roles and vice versa. It is always to complain about those from another area without understanding where they are coming from.

    Also if there isn't enough time in the day to do the day job, then there won't be much time for improvement work, nor much-needed fixes. Sometimes you need to invest resource (preferably not overtime) in order to improve processes.

  7. On the right track

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Back in Feb 2012 I thought the company was wrapping up for a cheap merger. Then a new CEO took over and I still find it hard to describe how much positive change did I see overall. Having gone through a number of CEOs in big pharma it is even peculiar to acknowledge how much transformation did Pascal Soriot bring into the picture. The move to Cambridge, UK will certainly be paying very high dividends in the mid to long run.
    From the cheap seats research scientist standpoint I seriously doubt there could be a better CEO in big pharma out there - or at a big (R&D-centric) company for that matter. I believe AZ is now sustainable in the long run, provided that Soriot remains at its helm. Otherwise, probably some tough times as for nearly anybody else in the business.

    Cons

    I would recommend that higher level management speeds up the process of having their vision and values being actually put into practice through all layers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep, follow and empower Pascal Soriot at all costs.

  8. Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Global, multinational company, with a real scope for a promotion, excellent salary and benefits package, adult culture (no micromanaging, flexible working hours).

    Cons

    Office politics - but it's a large company so that can happen. It's best not to participate in a hearsay

    Advice to Management

    Company with good leaders, not much advice, keep up a good work

  9. A company built on success in the 80s, with most of the same people still around....until now

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    Former Employee - Information Sciences Associate Director in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Information Sciences Associate Director in Alderley Edge, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really cares for their people and will bend over backwards to be fair.

    Cons

    Perhaps keeps people in jobs they are not truly suited to for too long

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest in reasons for change

  10. Great benefits, good work-life balance.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Key A Account Manager
    Current Employee - Key A Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Overall good, strong CEO and SMT in the UK. Technology and IT improving all the time. Great salary and overall benefits package with good work life balance.

    Cons

    Internal processes and compliance levels can slow down projects and impact on customer facing time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the momentum but really think about process, compliance and IT..... It's slowing us down.

  11. Good company policy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Heading A Team in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Heading A Team in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

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

    Pros

    Excellent, company values, perks,work-life balance, benefits

    Cons

    personal growth and office culture

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