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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated October 16, 2017
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 40 reviews)

  • pipeline, senior management, constant change (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Adventurous company"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Management open to input from all levels. Very forward thinking in embracing new ideas, from science to finance. Relatively flat, nonhierarchical organization

    Cons

    Sometimes decision making is slow and bureaucratic, tendency to revisit decisions; Sometimes discard the old in favor of the new too soon

    Advice to Management

    Rapid pace of change has set many employees' heads spinning. Need to slow down a bit


  2. "Aseptic fill operator"

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    Current Employee - Aseptic Fill Technician in West Chester, OH
    Current Employee - Aseptic Fill Technician in West Chester, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. 12 hour shifts. 2days work,off 2 days the work 3 days. Reverse the next week.

    Cons

    Training and communication on off shifts

  3. "IT Director"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - IT Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Great experience!

    Cons

    Some divisions are not open to develop employees for other roles.


  4. "Senior Quality Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Patient first, follow the science, and speak up to make a difference.

    Cons

    Too much time wasted on following unnecessary procedures and on training.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more career growth opportunities.


  5. "Lead Microbiologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, cooperation, collaborative efforts, focused goals, great transparency and communication, ability to develop and work cross-functionally for personal and peer development.

    Cons

    The amazing culture did not begin to maturate until the most recent decade which caused for the facility to became outdated over the years to the point where bringing in new products/technologies was not cost beneficial thus causing the site to close (among other business reasons).

    Advice to Management

    Keep fostering that incredible culture of employee empowerment and focused customer service and cross-functional collaboration with a common goal in any future endeavors so that the industry continues to grow and exponentially efficient rates as witnessed in over a decade at AZ.


  6. "Excellent company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Profesional development. High quality standards.

    Cons

    Excessive Overtime for exempt employees.


  7. "Dishonest HR - Beware Bait and Switch Job Offers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and liberal time off, if you're into that sort of thing.

    Cons

    Will send you through the interview process for one job and offer another - Don't trust anything you aren't holding in writing!

    Outdated hierarchical / silo organization structure

    Awful Bureaucracy & ancient IT

    Advice to Management

    Start prioritizing talent and contribution over time served.

  8. "Few Decent Leaders Left"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very good place to work until 2008 and has been downhill since! A good starting place for new graduates before moving on to other companies where advancement opportunities would be available.

    Cons

    In February after 26 years, I along with many others, were more than ready to leave such a negative atmosphere. Self-centered leaders are unfortunately the majority, bonuses & awards are kept among themselves because those who were “normal” kind and caring leaders had their positions eliminated. Sad, very sad that such a local, once excellent employer has sunk so low. No work/life balance for the few good colleagues left trying to hold on until the inevitable happens — complete collapse or sold off piece-by-piece.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around comes around!


  9. "Sales"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    I learned a lot about nueroscience

    Cons

    divested a whole sales team

    Advice to Management

    did a great job and not complaints


  10. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Mount Vernon, IN
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Mount Vernon, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had a great time at AstraZeneca. Phenomenal people and culture

    Cons

    Location. Clear path of career progression was not apparent


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