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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated September 20, 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 38 reviews)

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

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  1. "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


  2. "Lack of leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is strong in the area of oncology. Diabetes is another area of focus for the company which does relatively well.

    Cons

    The diabetes and cardiovascular franchises don't have a clear direction. Mass layoffs hurt morale. There has been a talent drain at the top of the organization recently.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Could do better...."

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    Current Employee - Executive Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Executive Director in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medimmune, Great pipeline, Great CEO,

    Cons

    Lots of ego-driven decisions
    Micro-management


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Awesome health benefits. Salaries are fair and comparable to other companies. Beautiful campus. Mostly friendly colleagues

    Cons

    A lot of back stabbing and sabotage by colleagues. Now learning there is a great amount of turnover in my former department. Didn't feel the culture was diverse nor capable of incorporating diversity, particularly in leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    Needs an internal audit. HR should work for all employees nor just for executives and the bottom line.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    -Interesting pipeline and science of new compunds

    Cons

    The merger with MedImmune was mismanaged, based on the behavior of several legacy employees that still work there and have created a hostile work environment and are also very invested in disrupting workflow and team engagement


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "pharmaceutical sales specialist"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    decent pay and company car

    Cons

    large, don't care about the employees, just an number,

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Stratagy stiffles culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pipeline; re-vested in development

    Cons

    The culture pendulum has swung (again) to treat people as a number regardless of corporate decision making impact in the local marketplace. Multiple RIFS in the last year (suspect more to come)

    Advice to Management

    Every one wants to succeed! Leading by "perform or be removed" is not effective.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Typical pharmaceutical job."

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, vacation time, good insurance coverage.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, check-the-box mentality, incredibly unfulfilling job.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new, creative ideas from employees.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "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


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