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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated September 21, 2018
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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Pros
  • "An exciting scientific atmosphere coupled with good work life balance" (in 184 reviews)

  • "great culture, good benefits, and reasonable territory size" (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • "Negatively affects work life balance" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Rigorous governance but leads to slow decision making" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "Lead Microbiologist"

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    The amazing culture did not begin to maturate until the most recent decade which caused for the facility to became outdated over the years to the point where bringing in new products/technologies was not cost beneficial thus causing the site to close (among other business reasons).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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits and perks, we have a very nice facility with awesome services, the company spends so much on employees in training and development.

    Probably the most important to me is Diversity and Inclusion, making AZ a safe place out of discrimination in any sense and you can bring yourself to work everyday.

    Cons

    Work is very fast paced and some seasons it's hard to have a work-life balance. It's normal anywhere I guess...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  3. "Clinical Science Liaison"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Science Liaison in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Clinical Science Liaison in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company truly cares about the science and values it’s employees and patients that they serve. It is evident by their trial designs. Specifically with Metabolics, AZ could have chosen a route in study design that favors the study drug. Instead, AZ designs their randomized trials to mimic real world practice which clinicians and myself are appreciative of.

    Cons

    Clinical Science Liaison role defined, but still in progress.

    Advice to Management

    No advice. Great to see a company value NPs and PAs with clinical experience for the liaison role.


  4. "Talent Retention"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Decent Benefits and decent pay but not the greatest compared to other similar companies

    Cons

    Growth limited to who you know

    Advice to Management

    Don't just recruit great talent enhance the talent you recruit


  5. "Great place to work"

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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

    Teamwork alot of smart people trying to bring lifesaving products to market.

    Cons

    Communication not enough information gets to the lower level.


  6. "local study lead"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    a great company to work for! everyone is helpful and teamwork is well executed

    Cons

    I cant think of any cons


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Production Technician I"

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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

    Pros

    Great people
    Compensation is good compared to other manufacturing work

    Cons

    No opportunity for growth
    Training opportunities could be better

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation and fair benefits

    Cons

    - Constantly shifting priorities while everything is a priority
    - Global nature of the organization results in constantly receiving and responding emails while some regions seem to have more holidays than others
    - Support organizations may not be in the same time zone so getting answers to urgent questions have to wait until others are back from holidays or back in the office the next day.
    - Not easy to transition from one organization to another or one manager to another. You have to have a really good manager or be in a really good organization for this to happen.


  9. "Sales Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than a year)

    Pros

    great flexibility with structuring your day.

    Cons

    Constant turnover, very team dependent


  10. "Senior diabetes sales specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good products at the least

    Cons

    Poor management with horrible visions


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