AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
38 Ratings

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is good with opportunity to move within the company (in 66 reviews)

  • AZ IT can be very well paid with great benefits (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance for direct labor (in 11 reviews)

  • Poor senior management ans compensation hike (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Great benefits

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, former London head office was a great location to work at.

    Cons

    Too many middle managers too busy with politics and quite a few incompetent people promoted in senior roles.


  2. Industry Student

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    Former Employee - Industry Placement Student In CIRA in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Industry Placement Student In CIRA in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The company has great resources and study materials. -There are many courses and seminar to extend your knowledge. - The general impression I got from my peers is quite positive.

    Cons

    - I was placed in a reasonably competitive department and my supervisor was not helpful at all. -When there is bully behaviour from their permanent staff, my boss took their side without listening to my side of the story. - There is no support system for the industry students to review our department and supervisions. - The temp agency was dealing with our payment weekly and they frequently make mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    I hope there will be an anonymous reviewing systems so that the students are able to rate our supervisions. I think this system can also help the management team to improve their weakness.


  3. Placement year @ AstraZeneca

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues, really good site to work at. Lots of training opportunities. Flexible working. Good benefits

    Cons

    To much red-tape and time wasted on meetings. Lack of direction. Promotion/career progression limited


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  5. AZ

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    Former Employee - Research Physician in Manchester, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Research Physician in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good career prospects, good benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucratic culture. Persistent company reorgs


  6. great place to work

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AstraZeneca as an intern

    Pros

    good work-life balance, very friendly working environment

    Cons

    Probably like any other big company, AstraZeneca is very hierarchical.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of layers in the management structure.


  7. Mixed bag

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lovely people, some good managers, good work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted internally, too many organisational changes

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganising departments every 2 years, you don't see the benefits then. Have a long term plan and stick to it...


  8. Chief of Staff

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    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaboration with industrial and academic partners Driven by science Respectful Large multinational diverse company

    Cons

    Large company so not always nimble as small biotech

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide a science-based environment


  9. Disappointing attitude

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Big company resource, reach and respect from others. Good product pipeline. Development opportunities

    Cons

    Not people orientated. Very into process and systems so little flexibility. Lots of money spent on systems that are clumsy and not user friendly. Old fashioned attitude to business. Not for innovators or ridk takers

    Advice to Management

    People deliver your business treat them as individuals and with respect and the business will look after itself


  10. Exemplary

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    Former Employee - Global Pricing Market Access Director in Paddington, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Global Pricing Market Access Director in Paddington, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work you only realise this one you move on

    Cons

    Line manager can be the difference between success and failure

    Advice to Management

    Be careful not to throw away what you do well, great culture is critical


  11. better out than in

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    reasonably high salary for the industry

    Cons

    a foul culture devoid of integrity that promotes stealing work and abusing colleagues to promote yourself at any cost.

    Advice to Management

    promote a culture of team working over individualism and stop communicating entirely in meaningless business jargon. "If you expect a vipers nest of politicalness then that's what you will get." - Astro Teller, Google.



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