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AstraZeneca Sales Specialist

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Former Employee - Sales Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Chicago, IL

Pros

This job offered a great introduction to the pharmaceutical industry and has provided a great resume building experience from which to launch a career.

Cons

Toward the end of my tenure with AstraZeneca there was constant speculation about layoffs or restructuring to come. Management did a poor job of communicating the thought process involved.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

On the sales side of the business, AstraZeneca needs to provide a more transparent incentive-compensation program. Currently, though reps are updated montly/quarterly on performance relative to goals, the tracking methods are not well defined.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Drug Discovery Veteran with Great Benefits

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Waltham, MA

    Pros

    AstraZeneca is a good place to work, and they have a long history in drug discovery, so it's also a great place to learn. There are several employees with 20+ years of experience and they're valuable resources. The compensation is inline with industry standards and the benefits are some of the best available. 6% match, dollar for dollar, on 401k, a retirement plan too, all the usual health care benefits, signing bonus, cost of living adjustments and relocation $$, and a very strong annual bonus system -- 20-30% in cash, and the same percentage in LTI stock.

    Cons

    The downside is that the company loyalty is strong and very few people leave the company, resulting in limited promotion opportunities. Since pharma is contracting right now, many of the divisions are not growing, so that also limits opportunities. The annual salary adjustments are usually 3-4%, which is sometimes out of line with inflation, but the bonus can make up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the research sites separate, as it is good to have individualism as long as we share best pactices between sites for everyone's improvement.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Worst Company I Have Ever Worked For

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Franklin, TN
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Franklin, TN

    Pros

    AstraZeneca offers a very competitive salary and great benefits. It was hard for me to leave the company because of this but the old saying is true "money doesn't buy happiness". Neither does good benefits.

    Cons

    I was so excited to be working for a major pharmaceutical firm. My excited quickly turned to dispair. I was miserable working at AstraZeneca. It is a highly competitive environment. Most of the people that I worked with there were backstabbing snobs. I did a great job but it never seemed to be enough. If you are not aligned with the right people you have no future and cannot advance or even get a raise. I wanted a job, not to get back into high school cliques.

    Communication from management was almost non-existent. There are too many levels of management.

    If you cannot play the office politics game you will not make it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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