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Updated February 14, 2018
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 46 reviews)

  • Senior management often out of office due to multiple sites making access to them difficult (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "EPSS"

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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

    Autonomy, Entreprenurial, innovative, results focused

    Cons

    No office time, high sales quotas

    Advice to Management

    Personally develop your people


  2. "R&D employee"

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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

    Employees are encouraged to 'follow the science,' allowing the scientists to come up with innovative ideas to progress the pipeline.

    Cons

    The R&D part of the organization is run like a biotech. People are encouraged to work smarter with fewer resources, causing high amounts of stress. It is common to see employees carrying the workload of more than 1 employee.

    While there is a push to prioritize work to better manage the workload, scientists get blamed if attention is called out for not delivering a low priority task, even if they are focusing on the higher impact activities. Turnover has increased over the last 1-2 years due to high-stress levels and better opportunities elsewhere for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach - if you state that employees should commit time to higher priority tasks, do not blame them if lower priority tasks do not get addressed in an efficient manner.

  3. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    excellent training program for new hires

    Cons

    the company was facing patent cliff for many key branded products


  4. "Working at AstraZeneca"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Development opportunities and advancement in the organization.

    Cons

    Downsizing and elimination of jobs for longtime employees.


  5. "good company"

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

    Pros

    leaders are all energetic and ambious

    Cons

    not so that work-life balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It’s a really great company that cares about their people"

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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

    It’s a really good company that cares about their people and well in many cases put their people before the job instead of the job before the people like most companies

    Cons

    Their promotion process needs a little bit of work and Technological challenges

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of very talented people working for you but you haven’t gotten even close to utilizing their skill set or even knowing all the skills they have available to help the company.


  7. "Professional Sales Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Professional Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Professional Sales Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great logistically: salary, bonus, benefits, car, work/life balance

    Cons

    Not really sales. Managed care was driving all prescribing.

  8. "Solution delivery lead"

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    Current Employee - Solution Delivery Lead in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Solution Delivery Lead in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Great place to work

    Cons

    Too many reorganization and caused uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Too much uncertainty


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not a great experience after AZ bought ZS Pharma"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Not much on that front. I guess their severance package is half way decent.

    Cons

    Absolutely no regard for employees of ZS Pharma after they bought the company at the end of 2015. People had many options to leave but a lot were committed to staying and seeing the product for Hyperkalemia launch, despite two CRL's. This loyalty was rewarded by deciding to close the San Mateo site and move the business to Wilmington with no sound rationale. Since the announcement, AZ has had no regard for the employees in San Mateo and have been treating them as disposable assets to be discarded after knowledge is transferred to AZ folks.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't let personal politics in the management ranks affect business decisions. Treat employees that have shown loyalty and commitment with some measure of respect.


  10. "Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, decent pay, benefits. Managers are mostly easy going and goals are realistic. Culture is professional and productive, training processes are very thorough.

    Cons

    Promotional process is difficult and was changed to avoid promoting too many employees. Company also promotes the wrong people. Politics and numbers take over and good talent gets overlooked often.


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