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London, 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 often out of office due to multiple sites making access to them difficult (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Start living in the real world. Become competitive, not cosy."

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    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good, and some of the people are good.

    Cons

    Massively over-manned and over-managed. When anyone else would have one person doing a job, AZ has at least 3, and four extra layers of managers and directors. Instead of merging Astra and Zeneca - both of which were fat and overmanned - they just added them together and put in a couple of extra layers of directors and managers. Having grown fat and lazy with great stock programmes, folk just turn up for work and don't seek the improvements in how the business works that will shortly be needed for survival. The whole culture is just waiting for the next "blockbuster" drug that will make them all real comfortable again. They don't realise that their old model of blockbusters and stupid healthcare plans and governments paying them too much just will not work in the future. The folk from N. America intensely dislike the Brits, the Brits hate the folk from N America, and the Swedes get pushed around by the Americans and Brits.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the organisation by 40% and reduce the number of managers and directors and VPs by 60%. Change the top of the HR team so that you have some really capable people there. Stop the nonsense about "Globalisation". It is costing you so much money.


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

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    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

  3. "promotion prospects"

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    Current Employee - Director, Finance in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director, Finance in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of people with a real passion for the work AZ does - this surprised me.
    Good pay and benefits
    Good development opportunities

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement as the company is contracting
    A little bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    help people plan their careers better and provide more structure - good seasoned professionals will work there and move on if there is no opportunity, the "lifers" and those with less ambition will stay and that doesn't help a company respond to changing business needs flexibily


  4. "Chaos - leave well alone"

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    Former Contractor - Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Administrator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Their products are great, nice offices shame it's not nice working there.

    Cons

    PAs are arrogant - don't temp there! IT is appalling for such a big company - 3 people trying to sort out every IT issue at Kingdom Street - overstretched is an understatement. Hot desking hated by all. It's a matrix company in a mess that has lost its grip on what it's trying to achieve. Too many sections are outsourced and many staff are unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out your IT and your hot desking situation. Also sort out or get rid of some of your arrogant PAs.


  5. "Best job I've had"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture. Supportive but laid back management. Interesting challenging projects to work on. Flexible working hours. I was a contractor and the pay was very good.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind. No issues.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Lots of pressure"

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    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Uneasy times"

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    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

  8. "AstraZeneca Finance"

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    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Work/life balance and generally friendly, helpful employees attitude

    Cons

    Disappointing in regards to motivation, job & training opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Lead on example


  9. "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


  10. "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


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