AstraZeneca Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
439 Reviews
3.3
439 Reviews
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO 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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  1.  

    Over all ver good experience

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    Current Employee - Manufactoring Operator  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manufactoring Operator in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It is very good pay and only 7.40hr per day

    Cons

    sum bad managers, working early late shifts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience, hopefully not my last

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    Former Employee - Biochemical Screening Scientist  in  Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Biochemical Screening Scientist in Alderley Park, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good management, good culture, value their employees and their development

    Cons

    Uncertain times, with potential take over talk, too many meetings to setup meetings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Manager  in  Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Alderley Edge, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very professional and collaborative working environment. Aligned goals and objectives and genuine team working.
    Real opportunity to shape your own role and take on projects that stretch you professionally.

    Cons

    The usual challenges with a global matrix organisation. Getting on board, understanding who your stakeholders are and so on takes a while.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, great people, ruthless commerce.

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    Former Employee - Scientist  in  Loughborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Scientist in Loughborough, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    AZ employ the top people. They offer a generous package and benefits. Facilities are top notch. Working conditions generally good.

    Cons

    They then don't really develop people to any great extent except maybe a chosen few. So many diverse and talented people all going to waste! Also to cut costs, sites and staff will be let go. This is great for shareholders, which most sensible employees will be!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help staff develop to their full potential and be rewarded with a company that is THE best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK at first but quickly became frustrated.

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good acceess to senior management.flexible working was encouraged.

    Cons

    Poor oportunities for development and promotion. Quite an old office. Very bureaucratic and slow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic sales team, management needs improving.

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER  in  Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible package.

    Cons

    Politics, culture of bullying from some old school style managers. Difficult to get ahead if you don't fit the mould.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Upheaval due to move to Cambridge

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good remuneration. Interesting work. Flexible working environment. Some really skilled and motivated colleagues, genuine enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Upheaval due to move to Cambridge location. Downside of flexible working culture is the rise of the 9-to-5-ers now the site will close in 3 years time. Workforce tends to be cliquey which affects career development. There will be substantial new recruitment for the move, so it remains unclear what the future culture will be like.
    Shareholder influence may force the Pfizer issue if (when?) it comes up again this would be the end of AZ.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more about career prospectives. Do something about nepotism and cliques.
    Resolve the move asap per department, don't let it drag on for three years like planned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It was the most amazing work experience i have ever had in my total career

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Luton, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They are very supportive caring and fun company to work for, always make public holidays fun and the product launches are well informed .

    Cons

    I was in a department that got oursourced to a third party

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    a nice pharma company. could easy become better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    excellent products, a big pharma positive spin, known brand name, key player in pharma business, nice people environment

    Cons

    work-life balance is several times suboptimal, lack of innovation and vision sometimes even in senior management roles luckily there are some exceptions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Warm, good humoured place to work.

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    Current Employee - Process Leader  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Process Leader in Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The People: Friendly welcoming warm. Very knowlegeable in their field. Good wages. Good working conditions, generous holidays.

    Cons

    Slightly out of date processes. Averse to change and risk. Reluctance to investigate new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be brave. Explore new options.Shake things up a bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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