AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated May 7, 2021

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
1,527 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lovely attention to work life balance(in 351 reviews)

  • "Good benefits and room for development(in 164 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Senior management team is lacking technical skills(in 43 reviews)

  • "Culture has changed since Astrazeneca bought off Medimmune(in 42 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year
      Featured Review

      Great place for career development

      Apr 25, 2021 - Associate Director FP&A in Kuala Lumpur
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      Pros

      Care about employees Committed to develop employees

      Cons

      IT systems can be better

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Recent Growth

      May 1, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Large global corporation with resources to match.

      Cons

      Upper management is unaware of how middle managers operate.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Best place I have ever worked, so glad I am here

      Mar 1, 2021 - Director in Gaithersburg, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People at AZ are the kindest of any place I have worked in my 20+ years experience. The pay is above average as is the company's annual award and LTI; they recognize the work employees put in. The location is MD is ideal as the cost of living is moderate compared to other cities on the East Coast and access to Baltimore, Washington and the shore are perfect. Management is not boxed in by process and willing to do what is needed. Career advancement is taken seriously, encouraged and can be seen.

      Cons

      While location is a plus it is almost somewhat of a small negative by some as there aren't many other "games in town". Management style is very friendly with fairly easy access to the highest levels but micromanagement trickles down from the top and can be a bit frustrating at time. The lack of sticking to process, while a positive, can also be a slight negative as roles/responsibilities/accountabilities can get quite confusing; sometimes it seems like too many cooks in the kitchen. Like all companies, AZ has its core principles that can seem cliché in the trenches but they take the heed to some key ones. People work very hard at AZ which can be draining, but it is recognized and rewarded.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great culture, strong sense of purpose

      May 1, 2021 - Director in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very collaborative, creative, mission-oriented and the least bureaucratic of any large corporation I've known.

      Cons

      No cons so far in new role

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Company, but very large

      Apr 13, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      In my role I find the culture and competence of the team to be extraordinary. There are a lot of very intelligent people who have always been willing to share their knowledge.

      Cons

      With such a large organization there are many moving parts and sometimes they are not always in sync. Can be frustrating to navigate and take a long time to get things accomplished.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great company to work for. "Follow the Science"

      Apr 4, 2021 - Associate Director in Waltham, MA
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      Pros

      Good work life balance in the R&D teams, good benefits. AZ has been doing well with its pipeline, and looks robust for the next 10 years.

      Cons

      Internal silos, lead to multiple teams doing the same things without clear direction. Lack of efficiency in scientific efforts because there is not enough focus on TA impact.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Place to Work

      Jan 14, 2021 - IT Business Analyst in Gaithersburg, MD
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Compensation, Benefits, Vacation, Work/Life Balance, Opportunity for Growth, Continued Learning. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING CAMPUS & campus amenities (Gaithersburg)

      Cons

      The pressure to come back in person amidst COVID when my job can be done from home 100%; open office floor plan is distracting; constant reorganizations; impulsive adoption of capabilities and training that must be completed with little to no notice;

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      AZ med sci

      Apr 28, 2021 - Global Development Scientist in Poland, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working atmosphere, ability to grow

      Cons

      Benefits, salary, but they are not bad just could be better

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Work

      May 6, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Patient-Centric Culture, people willing to take time to help you develop

      Cons

      Headcount & growth opportunities sometimes stagnant in HQ

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great work environment.friendly staff

      Apr 26, 2021 - Information Systems Security Officer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      good work load balance for entry level

      Cons

      can get overwhelming sometimes with work

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