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AstraZeneca Alderley Park Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Alderley Park, England (UK)

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 45 reviews)

  • Senior management have a lack of interest and empathy for individuals (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good things don't last forever...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, amazing location, up to date IT solutions to make working from home, and with colleagues globally, easy. Competitive salary, have had some great opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    Work in a site that is closing, my role is being transferred but due to family commitments I can't make the move. Feeling of detachment in the site as we prepare to move (minority) or leave and start job hunting.

    Advice to Management

    Make AP staff feel valued for the contribution they have made to AZ's success.


  2. "Former Compliance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Compliance Manager in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Compliance Manager in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly co workers and flexible working. Travel and global exposure

    Cons

    No strategic leadership provided. Compliance functions are broken down into process silos so there is no overall ownership within the groups and a lack of responsibility to remain compliant across the company

    Advice to Management

    Reorganise your Compliance functions so that responsibility and ownership can be re-introduced and avoid bureaucracy.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, talented people but constant changes in structure and strategy mean morale is low."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits package, reliable performance bonus, flexible working, investment in technology means cutting edge tools are increasingly available.

    Cons

    Recent cost cutting and outsourcing efforts mean morale is very low, with expectations of further consolidation in the near future. Very few formal development opportunities outside the most senior roles, and a lack of importance placed on Line Manager capability mean you really have to be pushy if you want career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Do much more to make line managers accountable for nurturing talent and inject much greater pace when implementing change, particularly where jobs will be lost.


  4. "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good development opportunities

    Very competitive salary and benefits

    Leadership is passionate about science

    Cons

    Large amount of change and uncertainty


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, shame R&D is moving to Cambridge."

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Alderley Park = best pharmaceutical R&D site in the UK period.
    Use the most amazing technology in a science focused organisation.
    Working environment = no dress code + mostly great people who are really friendly.
    Much less bureaucratic and corporate since the 2013 shake up.
    The higher ups are genuinely passionate about science, collaboration and R&D +++++

    Cons

    Moving to Cambridge and all that goes along with that.
    ....A nice looking building if you don't mind waiting a decade to move in,
    Money's good, but check their redundancy stats = not the best.


  6. "Great employer where I've had the opportunity to perform several different roles."

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    Former Employee - Alliance Director in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Alliance Director in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent employer with well-enforced code of conduct, strong collaborative culture, a focus on entrepreneurial leadership, and clear vision and strategy.

    Cons

    Recent changes to geographic footprint has resulted in a lot of disruption and the loss of a lot of talented individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on work done connecting and integrating different parts of the business.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Some areas treat people better than others"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Good facilities
    Flexible working arrangements
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Some people had to work everyday of their notice period (3 months, 6 months or 1 year) and other get to have a year off on full pay. No consistency between functions which cause tensions.
    Career ladder limited if not in a Science based role

    Advice to Management

    Need to treat all individuals the same. Huge salary discrepancies

  8. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid given straight from practice. Excellent location in Alderley Park

    Cons

    Work life balance and deadline expectations

    Advice to Management

    More realistic deadline management


  9. "Worked here for >20 years, but the last 3 years were not enjoyable due to prolonged redundancy period."

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    Former Employee - Principal Statistician in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Statistician in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provided great experiences and opportunities
    Great teams and wonderful people to work with made the job worthwhile.
    Gained skills that provided excellent opportunities to find new positions post redundancy

    Cons

    Excessive workload resulted in poor work life balance.
    Redundancy period was too prolonged and management, particularly in the US did not recognise the stress this brought

    Advice to Management

    Recognise capabilities of employees. Need better performance management system


  10. "SciCom Intern"

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    Former Intern - Science Communication in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Science Communication in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Company benefits, large organisation. Many oppurtunities for career rise, both in technical and management roles.

    Cons

    Large company structure and company working atmosphere means slow cumbersome descicion making and lack of communication and coordination between departments. In the middle of a massive reorganisation and relcoation of core research to Cabridge Site

    Advice to Management

    Streamline meeting culture and allow greater expression of speech from all levels.


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