AstraZeneca

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A good job, but times are changing for pharmaceutical sales including AstraZeneca

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Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist
Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist

I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Good, well paid position for sales representatives that have an interest in medicine and health issues. Training can be intensive - as it is important to have a thorough knowledge of your medicine, disease state and the competition. You will feel confident - once trained to face your customers (physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists etc..). Astrazeneca has produced many good, competitive products over the years.

Cons

Many changes in the pharmaceutical industry are changing the way companies do business, including the way they market their products.

Your direct manager dictates the atmosphere you will work under - most are good people. Your product(s) might be of excellant quality, but it can be difficult to sell your product(s) if they are not picked up and included under insurance formulary plans. Upper management can be frustrating: a bit out of touch with reality in the field. Sales goals for representatives can be unrealistic and might thus be unattainable. Perhaps this is part of the downsizing plan. Most of the pharmaceutical industry (including AstraZeneca) is moving toward reducing their ranks. AstraZeneca is currently going through planned phases of downsizing that will take several years. One cannot feel confident in having a lasting career with AstarZeneca due to the lack of job security. Having past success does not insure your job during downsize campaigns.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

AstraZeneca should pay more attention to obtaining major formulary coverage for their products to ensure realistic co-pays for the patient. Physicians are unlikely to prescibe costly medications if they have another option - as many patients have limited incomes, or economic issues.

Perhaps if AstraZeneca had a more robust product pipeline - there would be a brighter future for employees.

Recommends
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No opinion of CEO

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    Excellent experience

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Very supportive, employee friendly environment excellent work culture, good pay package, good benefits

    Cons

    No cons, No negative aspects

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Toxic corporate culture

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Alderley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Alderley, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities, well-funded labs, nice working environment, flexible benefits.

    Cons

    Forced-ranking produces toxic culture that focusses on picking on the negatives and finding easy victims. Works on a system of favourites and old-boys networks - it's more important who you're friends with than what you do. Culture is one of fear and paranoia.

    Constant reorganisations, cuts and closures.

    Rapidly declining revenues due to patent expiries make for a very uncertain future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forced ranking didn't work at Enron, it killed innovation at Microsoft and it's doing the same to AZ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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