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Pros
  • they offer great benefits and a good work/life balance (in 137 reviews)

  • Good benefits and overall culture (in 83 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 31 reviews)

  • pipeline, senior management, constant change (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Going through tough times"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - I T in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - I T in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, ethics and senior leaders, competitive salary & benefits package

    Cons

    Big company, bureaucracy, slow decision making and in recent years, too many disruptive restructuring exercises. Not convinced by insourcing model that operates as a separate cost centre - not working!

    Advice to Management

    Why wait so long to cut people costs when we all saw it coming last year?


  2. Helpful (4)

    "AZN"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Optimistic culture leading people to believe in a bright future. Several recent drug approvals and more to come. Compensation on par with competition in most areas.

    Cons

    CEO is too dominating and not accepting people with opinions against his own. Because CEO has hired extensively from his former company Roche a big chunk of 'old' talent in the organisation has left or is on the verge of leaving.

    Advice to Management

    There is a world outside Genentech/Roche. Please consider why a significant number of your most talented people have voluntarily left AZN during the last year.


  3. "Working at AZ"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Learning & Development Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Learning & Development Business Partner in London, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package and flexible working policy.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management. Slow at making decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Quicker decision making required.


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  5. "Mixed view"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has a scientific approach to drug development. An ethical company. Big company so opportunities to move into different jobs or therapy areas.

    Cons

    Struggles to actually implement a vision (new processes are not embedded - poor at ensuring the theoretical process is actually adhered to). Organisational changes are frequent.

    Advice to Management

    Need to put more effort into implementing new visions. More resource needed to make this happen and ensure that it is being followed and benefits being seen,


  6. "Good company policy"

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    Current Employee - Heading A Team in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Heading A Team in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent, company values, perks,work-life balance, benefits

    Cons

    personal growth and office culture


  7. "OK at first but quickly became frustrated."

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good acceess to senior management.flexible working was encouraged.

    Cons

    Poor oportunities for development and promotion. Quite an old office. Very bureaucratic and slow


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Uneasy times"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working, salaries are good, if working in the right areas there's an excellent team dynamic. People are amazingly friendly despite all that's going on.

    Cons

    A company amongst the midst of massive changes worldwide. Feathers are ruffled, people are unhappy. The company needs to look at employees who do a fair bulk of the hard work and learn how to value them.

    Little to no value on PA's, despite the hours and work they have done, and continue to do despite being told there is no future for them at the company as they won't relocate them.

    Could benefit with a clear out of the dead wood now and not wait for natural waste to occur.

    They also need to make up their minds about the relocation, which is now accelerated to next summer, not summer 2015/2016, and have a little respect towards those they know they don't want to take.

    Advice to Management

    Respect those who are working hard for you... And show it


  9. "Lots of pressure"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Business Relationship Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Business Relationship Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture
    Interesting industry
    Global footprint

    Cons

    In constant restructuring
    Lack of continuity in strategy due to changing leadership

    Advice to Management

    Be careful to look after the employees you want to keep


  10. "Capable people, hugely political. Full of European and American managers"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, friendly work place, work life balance

    Cons

    Low on diversity , unfair and political promotions , poor product pipeline

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunity to non Europeans and non Americans, be honest in communication


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