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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated February 18, 2017
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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Pros
  • they offer great benefits and a good work/life balance (in 134 reviews)

  • Overall an excellent company to work for with good benefits (in 75 reviews)

Cons
  • Although they talk about work life balance it can be challenging when you are trying g to meet metrics (in 29 reviews)

  • I consider this a capital mistake in vision at the senior management level (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "A company that cares about its employees!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits
    Patient focused
    Great culture
    Continuous improvement driven

    Cons

    IT systems need improvement
    Tendency to move the same core people around into different roles vs. providing opportunities for others

    Advice to Management

    Focus on implementing systems that are simple, efficient, and work for the users


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company that is beginning to flounder."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are great. The greatest loss for me will be not working with my colleagues anymore.

    Cons

    Pipeline falling short of expectation. Since losing the three largest contribution product patents, there has been little to make up for the loss. Diabetes portfolio is a performing poorly, Advair will soon be generic which means respiratory market will erode for Symbicort and the Oncology products -though innovative- can't make up the $$.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on motivating your people and demonstrating leadership in the face of uncertainty.


  3. "Great place to work. Love the people!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Love the people!

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


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  5. "Med Affairs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    I get to make a Valued contribution to science

    Cons

    Resources for comp and benefits come from sales

    Advice to Management

    get rid of forced rankings and calibration


  6. "Sales Spacialists"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Best in class for every drug in every class. Really have the patient's best interest in heart when researching ad developing pharmaceutical treatment solutions. Also, patient assistance programs truly meet the needs of the under served.

    Cons

    It is BIG pharma! Limited leadership opportunities for field sales. Very little diversity at leadership positions at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide the best in class drugs and patient assistance programs in the industry. Find a way to diversify leadership to mirror the society and patient population you serve.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's all about the people. They are all willing to work together and are genuinely exited about new perspectives and new ideas.

    Cons

    There are bad apples everywhere, and it's no different here, but the bad apples in AZ would likely seem like the good apples in other companies in the industry.


  8. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial Environment, Top talent, smart work

    Cons

    Coming is getting smaller and putting pressure on those who are left.

    Advice to Management

    remember the talent in place


  9. "Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very innovative products for patient care

    Cons

    Management did not appreciate consistent years of service


  10. "Very good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Research oriented company, great benefits and very good people to work with. Global culture, lots of opportunities if you are mobile and willing to take them.

    Cons

    Most of the action is happening on the major sites, tough luck if you are out of the hub. The planning process is hectic and leads to the annual budget imbalances and desperate attempts to fix them in November-December timeframe.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the spirit of innovation but probably add a little bit more structure to your financial planning to avoid over tightening/loosing when it's not necessary.


  11. "rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Rep in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Rep in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    culture is very positive and they want to make you better

    Cons

    Too much regulatory issues and micro managing

    Advice to Management

    less micro



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