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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated June 21, 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 137 reviews)

  • Good benefits and overall culture (in 83 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 32 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "A company that cares about its employees!"

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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

    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. "Good option if you want to gain skills and move on"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    AZ has flexible work arrangements in R&D, as well as other parts of the company. There are many opportunities to work on a variety of initiatives. The pay and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    They are continually undergoing a great deal of change. Also, this is a large pharma company which can make it sometimes difficult to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Be better at choosing who you place in positions of management. Provide better "people" management and leadership support and guidance to them. Be sure they have a yearly objective that ensures they are held accountable for how they manage their people.

  3. "Poor Senior Management, no direction from leadership"

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    Former Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Diabetes Care Specialist in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great team mates and solid product line

    Cons

    Difficult competition; poor leadership from top down; reactive versus proactive company that you never know when the shoe was going to drop.


  4. "Pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - QC in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - QC in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and decent benefits. Good opportunity to lean and develop. Lots to do.

    Cons

    Work life balance is tough. Not always possible to advance at smaller sites unless you are willing to relocate. Constant change can be difficult to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Better implementation strategies for major changes.


  5. "Senior Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pipeline, dedicated staff, competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    Pace of change, lack of clarity around roles and responsibilities


  6. "Good place to work for technical people"

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    Current Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    We follow the science, so this is improving the life of engineers and scientists in the company

    Cons

    Large company managed in Europe, so can be many early morning phone calls to collaborate


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and benefits offered

    Cons

    constant restructuring leading to lack of job security for everyone

  8. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Offers very affordable Medical benefits

    Cons

    Understaffed, with no clarity on direction, constant changes in directions depending on who is at the reign


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, mostly awesome managers, realistic goals to meet your bonuses, no micromanging, no carrying samples which saves you hours of headache

    Cons

    Don't work in Diabetes division, all their products are 2 and or 3rd to market and have flaws their competitors don't, which makes it hard in a very competitive Diabetes market. They lost huge drugs like Crestor, Nexium and Symbicort can't be far off. How do you make up for that...

    Advice to Management

    Start acquiring companies for a richer pipeline in more than just respiatory.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture is good, good benefits, very diverse.

    Cons

    Middle management is too afraid to speak out. Some executives act like they are God. Too many people take advantage of the work from home policy.

    Advice to Management

    Drain the bad workers. Some AZ women executives are bad. HR is awful, same as iBuy.


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