AstraZeneca
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www.astrazeneca.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

AstraZeneca Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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3.2 38 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot

Pascal Soriot

(14 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company to work for

IT Service Manager (Current Employee)
Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

ProsGreat and flexible working conditions
Good flexible benefits package
Reasonable salaries compared to market data
Caring towards employee well-being

ConsBig company politics can be a real pain
Promotions are difficult to come by
No real investment any more in people development/training
Slow decision making process / poor leadership

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to take decisions
Move more quickly - things take too long to happen in AZ and not keeping pace with business in the outside world

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great People work here

Scientist (Current Employee)
Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

ProsMet some of the best and brightest people here. The company has a great loyal work force despite the constant change

ConsA growing feeling that commitment to the Company is 'old fashioned. Petty cost cutting has made it difficult to attend conferences, seminars etc to keep on top of the latest developments. Allowing Scientists to innovate and try ideas would work in any location

Advice to Senior ManagementStop a blanket approach to re-organising the Company and being prepared to let the best go. Sort the IT out!

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In many ways a great place to work with some great people, levels of change currently are however disruptive

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

ProsVaried experience and opportunities, flexible benefits, great people

ConsStrategic change and impact on people has been significant over the last few years

Advice to Senior ManagementRestructuring and rewards are too broad - focus on where it matters most

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great People, bad management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at AstraZeneca for more than 3 years

ProsPeople on the whole are friendly and approachable.
Work / Life balance is good with opportunity to move within the company.
Salary and benefits are good.

Cons'Re-org' has become a byword for the company that has re-structured far too often in recent years.
Senior management do not treat everyone equally treating support staff - especially PAs as expendable and therefore not worth bothering to keep happy.
IT systems and services both internal and external 'helpdesk' are slow, incompetent and unwilling to help if they can avoid it. Helpdesk in India has lead to many misunderstandings and time wasted.
HR non-existent with new starters and slow verging on impossible to work with to sort anything. A collective groan goes up whenever HR has to be consulted as finding an answer or sorting a problem quickly or even within a week is virtually impossible.
Recent re structure of moving London office to Luton and Cambridge in three months has left many dejected at the lack of consultation or understanding for staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring back IT in house.
Respect PAs - they go all the things you need so you can do your jobs. Treat them as equals, not just pay lip service, they aren't stupid and know the difference.
Enlarge HR department to encompass New Starter inductions, an organised entry and exit system and easy to contact help for all staff issues.
Stop re-organizing the company every six months. It has a negative impression on staff, investors, stock market and public.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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18 years of ideal followed by 3 years of failure

Senior Scientist (Former Employee)
Nether Alderley, England (UK)

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

ProsPerfect work setting. Great work life balance and the opportunity to work with truly inspiring people. A great place to continually learn at the cutting edge of science.

ConsHigh level miss managent of the company following the merger. Wrong behaviours adopted and encouraged. The tail wags the dog far too often.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease learn to reward and demonstrate value to the few remaining staff. Outsource out of opportunity rather than desperation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A sandwich year placement in AZ.

Placement Student (Former Employee)
Alderley Park, England (UK)

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

ProsExcellent support from everyone. Amazing facilities.

ConsConcerns regarding to site relocation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Uneasy times

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsFlexible working, salaries are good, if working in the right areas there's an excellent team dynamic. People are amazingly friendly despite all that's going on.

ConsA company amongst the midst of massive changes worldwide. Feathers are ruffled, people are unhappy. The company needs to look at employees who do a fair bulk of the hard work and learn how to value them.

Little to no value on PA's, despite the hours and work they have done, and continue to do despite being told there is no future for them at the company as they won't relocate them.

Could benefit with a clear out of the dead wood now and not wait for natural waste to occur.

They also need to make up their minds about the relocation, which is now accelerated to next summer, not summer 2015/2016, and have a little respect towards those they know they don't want to take.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect those who are working hard for you... And show it

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company to work for!

Team Leader (Current Employee)
Macclesfield, England (UK)

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

ProsGood values, great career prospectives and good environment to work in.

ConsCompensations and benefits are not as good.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of pressure

Principal Business Relationship Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsCulture
Interesting industry
Global footprint

ConsIn constant restructuring
Lack of continuity in strategy due to changing leadership

Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful to look after the employees you want to keep

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best job I've had

Project Manager (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsGreat culture. Supportive but laid back management. Interesting challenging projects to work on. Flexible working hours. I was a contractor and the pay was very good.

ConsNothing comes to mind. No issues.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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