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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated March 26, 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 135 reviews)

  • Overall an excellent company to work for with good benefits (in 77 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 (3)

    "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. "IS Security Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work due to atmosphere and culture

    Cons

    Business decision to move IT / IS to countries outside of US.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "AstraZeneca"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing bonus plan.

    Cons

    Some of the people can be difficult to work with.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very political environment that favors an old school way of doing things, rather than by fairness or principal"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is above average, excellent benefits, flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Highly political environment where senior management cares more about their titles and positions and promoting their own agendas rather than doing things by fairness, meritocracy, and principle. Lots of passive-aggressive game-playing taking place in a subdued, passive culture that masquerades around as being "entrepreneurial" that really translates to people (especially upper management) paying superficial lip service to heavily voiced concerns and not taking REAL accountability. Not the best place for a young woman in the IT fields - younger and older men will constantly talk over you in meetings and bully you in many different, subtle ways, make fun of you, and laugh at you to make you feel like you are less of a person. Lots of negative trash talking about people behind their backs. A very shady place indeed with a lot of smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a structured training program for young scientists just entering the industry; get rid of old men who bully young women in the company


  6. "Review"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Personal development opportunities, great people, great benefits

    Cons

    There was a lack of leadership alignment


  7. "Job review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    Moving the company location to MD


  8. "IT Culture"

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    Current Employee - Campus IT Infrastructure Lead in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Campus IT Infrastructure Lead in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits very good. Work facilities and technology are better than most. Outside of IT the company strategy and leadership is exceptional.

    Cons

    Work life balance, poor management structure, inability to effect changes, off shore support model inadequate and accounts for overall poor IT support.


  9. "Overall"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company with good products. Would definitely suggest to peers

    Cons

    On the lower end of the totem pole of paying their employees in the pharmaceutical industry


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A "sales job" with very little to do with selling anything"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Carbondale, IL
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Carbondale, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is decent and the job is inconceivably easy. A pharma rep that tells you they work hard is either extremely naive about what it means to work or is a very dishonest pharma rep.

    Cons

    Instability of the company and industry is the worst part. I can't imagine going back to an industry where layoff worries are a constant concern. Stay away from this industry.

    Advice to Management

    Find a new industry in which to manage people


  11. "Opportunity for growth, new experiences, and global working"

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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

    Smart and engaged coworkers
    Entrepreneurial for a big company
    Great benefits and time off allowance

    Cons

    New pipeline showing signs of weakness



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