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It was a great ride with great drugs until the the pipeline ran dry.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Sebring, FL
Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Sebring, FL

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

Pros

It is an excellent career, calling on physicians is challanging but rewarding. Benifits are great like most large companies can offer. Medical, Matching 401K, Company car etc. I was a person who loved the freedom to set my own schedule and the ability to drive from office to office.

Cons

Over the past decade senior management diminidshed the value of its sales personal. It has become more about delivering marketing messages than sales. Reps are told who to see, how many times they had to see them, what to say, and how it had to be said. They have relied heavily on contract sales forces often duplicating efforts putting a strain on physicians time and relationships.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

One thing I learned is that management will do what they want and pay little attention to its sales force. They look at the sales force as a necessay evil and has tried many ways to deminish its role. I would say go back to trusting your people and eliminate the huge middle management. One DM can oversee twelve to twenty reps. Go back to the hard fast rule of no more that two reps per physician.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Good place to work for me

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production and Materials Planner in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Production and Materials Planner in Newark, DE

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, development opportunities,

    Cons

    Lost leadership, slow decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go for it! Stop being fat and happy and make something happen. We're living off expiriing patents and sputtering pipeline. Get to work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    AstraZeneca in a Death Spiral

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Generous compensation and benefits, nice facilities, business-casual attire.

    Cons

    Successive rounds of layoffs offset only by new positions in China; recent product failures and weak pipeline including at MedImmune biotech arm; current near-ban on travel, relocations, hiring from the outside and use of outside consultants; timid, risk-averse management; in-bred, protect-each-other culture at the C-suite level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in fresh blood from other pharmas and, ideally, other industries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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