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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 37 reviews)

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

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  1. "Sales Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The R&D invests in quality products. They are marketing experts. Most generous patient assistance program.

    Cons

    Bad communications between company and field. Disconnected company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Refresh and motivate the entire field sales force. Do this by investing in training and development in the people you have already invested in that currently work for you.


  2. "CDS, USPI, SmPC labeling lead"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director Labeling Strategy in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Director Labeling Strategy in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility with working remotely, autonomy depending on management

    Cons

    transparency lacking with upper management, new employee training is lacking

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Big pharma"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, 401k, bonus, benefits are pretty good, open work space, flexible hrs, working from home is allowed sometimes, travel occasionally

    Cons

    Constantly changing operating environment, work all hours of the day due to international footprint. Employee services are outsourced. Very high pressure

    Advice to Management

    Reduce pressure


  4. "Marketing"

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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

    Pros

    Good pay and bonus structure

    Cons

    challenging environment to work in


  5. "Regional Sales Director"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great clinical development of brands

    Cons

    Outsiders welcomed only short term - Good old boys nepotism
    Bipolar Executive Management moves from one strategy or initiative to another without seeing it through
    Management terminates promoted individuals If they don't work out in the new role.
    Poor marketing
    HR cannot be trusted

    Advice to Management

    See a strategy through, develop and support managers, embrace new ideas


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Representative"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looking to promote from within

    Cons

    High pressure environment results in too much pressure on sales reps, which results in sales reps leaving, whether they are force to leave or told to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Work with reps more and don't put so much pressure on them


  7. "ESS Role"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Well educated ESS team members from Amylin, Sanofi, Novo
    Good pay

    Cons

    Structure was better at BMS and Amylin where everyone was expected to be clinically competent.

    Advice to Management

    More education for entire team, better vacation plan.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "PSS"

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    Former Employee - PSS in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - PSS in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many avenues for advancement

    Cons

    Too volatile of an industry. I achieved 54% market share, and was let go without warning or reason, due to territory restructuring. Also, training was ill structured for people who are new to pharmaceutical sales.


  9. "Great Work Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Work Life Balance and benefits. I also liked the management

    Cons

    I heard salaries at other pharma companies were more competitive, but I don't know for sure.


  10. "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Former Employee in West Chester, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Former Employee in West Chester, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Company seems to be growing well. Excellent team members, they were like a big family. AZ is a awesome company overall.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement if you are not in the click. Promoting people that do not have people skills, which is part of AZ values. Do not work with their employees to progress. Management is the most horrible ever seen in Packaging department. They have 2 men that are only out for themselves and management only listens to them, these guys are finger pointers and have no social values , they really need to review the management decisions. Never seen so much rework at a manufacturing facility. It horrible.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone with better management skills in that packaging department. Not talking about the supervision, talking about their Manager. They lost so much talent,and from my understanding they are losing more and more.


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