AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated February 5, 2016
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
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  • Work-life balance was hard to keep in balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Their is lake of solid vision and a lot of hesitation in the decision making (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Leadership vs Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    AZ is a great place to work if you have supervisors who are more leaders than managers. I had both and I can tell you it all depends on the chain of command in your division as to how satisfied you will be working there.

    Cons

    Sometimes people are placed in supervisory positions who have no business there and do more to destroy motivation than to lead their team.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the unique talents and ethics of your employees before making judgments that destroy motivation. Stop micro-managing self-starting reps who really know their business. If more supervisors were true leaders the entire company would be much more successful.


  2. "Pharmaceutical Representative"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Specialty Overlay Sales Representative in Winchester, VA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Specialty Overlay Sales Representative in Winchester, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pipeline but not for a while.

    Cons

    Too often overlooked for promotions

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on performance


  3. "Pharmacuetical Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible hours, training program is good

    Cons

    Management does not address issues appropriatley


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pipeline amazing.... the rest needs work... Has potential."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pipeline is amazing. CEO Pascal has done an amazing turn around of the company. It is based on following the science. Love the vibe on Gaithersburg campus. Trying to change the culture.... but LONG Way to go !!

    Cons

    2016-2017 will be tough. You'll see parts of the business growing and others impacted by patent cliff expiration. More cuts will come!!!! Culture- very mixed. Polarizing b/c it is different across the sites, division, and teams. Culture seems to support ok to randomly change mind about decisions previously made.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders need to set tone for the culture change. Transparency should be added to values. Company also needs to learn how to use technology to communicate between offices.


  6. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Leadership team is engaged and engaging. - They always look for candidates internally, first, before seeking elsewhere. - Lots of opportunities for growth. - Great pipeline. - Driven to improve patients lives.

    Cons

    - Job security, like any other pharma sales career. - The more people you know, the more successful you can expect to be. Not a bad thing until you lose an opportunity because you are not as close to the hiring manager.

    Advice to Management

    Do not expect people to sacrifice their personal time to move up in the company. Dedication is not measured by how much work you do after you get home. How can a working parent compete with a 23 year old out of college that doesn't have any other responsibilities?


  7. "Senior Contract Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits Package

    Cons

    Regular Downsizing to worry about


  8. "Marketing Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people, nice company to work for historically, great comp and bonus, large product portfolio

    Cons

    culture is changing, new leadership in US is more focused on the 'story' then the true business impact, has become more political in recent years

    Advice to Management

    perform 360 reviews on your leadership team, understand who are strong leaders vs. those who leave trash beyond them


  9. "Great medicines, but leadership and company culture inconsistent..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    High quality, #1 leading products in many therapeutic areas. Highly ethical company. Many long-standing, highly dedicated employees focused on the company's overall long-term business outcomes. Strong CEO scientific leadership builds confidence in future of company.

    Cons

    Some Sales Directors had little insight and poor leadership skills. Little focus/opportunity for individual skill development for advancement of field based employees. Too much focus applied to "Challenger Selling" theoretical methodology and not enough on "common sense" selling strategies. Feedback was encouraged, then used against you if you didn't agree with everything from the top. Political company culture. Sales management culture had unwritten rule of always having a weak individual next that "had to managed out", rather than positive, motivating focus on people's strength development.


  10. "Packaging Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Packaging Supervisor in Sewell, NJ
    Current Employee - Packaging Supervisor in Sewell, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Great place to work

    Cons

    Minimum room for the growth


  11. "Pharmaceutical Sales"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    I can not think of a good reason to work at AstraZeneca.

    Cons

    Managers push for off-label promotion of medication. Send pharmaceutical reps daily into the same offices to push physicians to prescribe the product.

    Advice to Management

    Over detailing physicians does not result in additional business. AZ creates a culture where physicians do not feel valued and their office time is not respected.



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