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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Hostile enviornment. Checkbox culture."

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits right out of college.

    Cons

    The PSS role at AZ quickly becomes mundane and boring. If you are okay with a checkbox culture with few opportunities for creativity or critical thinking then the PSS role at AZ is for you.

  3. "Pharmaceutical sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    No room for professional growth and pay increase.


  4. "Great Organization if you can adapt"

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    Former Employee - Utilities Technician in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Utilities Technician in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for: benefits, compensation, atmosphere, respect for everyone. Strong culture focused on safety and the patient.

    Cons

    The organization is constantly changing, which is both bad and good: Mostly good! You just need to adapt and follow the path to the future.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Excellent Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Working for AZ was a great experience. Benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    They were beginning to downsize. So unfortauntley I got laid off.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "information scientist"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    work with teams was encouraged

    Cons

    job could be high stress at times


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away from BSO group."

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, nice people to work for.

    Cons

    Always some rotten apples in management with too much politics. Performance reviews make no sense for non managers. Company going through some troubles with every year restructure.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job and reward people that really work, even if you don't like them.

  8. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Specialty Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Specialty Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, development opportunities, values its employees.

    Cons

    The company scaled down infrastructure. This has resulted in difficulty for field sales at times to perform at its best.


  9. "Business Insights"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Leader in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Marketing Leader in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, passionate, trying to do the right things to move the business. Many show an urgency to improve the business.

    Cons

    Management can often flip flop and have a hard time making strategic direction decisions. Training and development while better, people still often do their own thing so a lack of consistency in approach and output, which sometimes ignored or missed best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear in directions and priorities, you can do it all and hedge all the bets you do have to make decisions and clearly communicate the reasons to employees. Continue to increase training and development, different ways of doing things is great when people all understand a standard operating procedure, but more need to understand best practices in marketing.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good learning experience but currently feels unstable"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Development Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Clinical Development Manager in Gaithersburg, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary; large company with many opportunities for changing career path, department, or location; nice campus with great facilities (fitness center, cafe).

    Cons

    Numerous reorganizations resulting in layoffs over the last 10 years; lack of consistent long-term strategy; political/bureaucratic environment; lack of work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Constant reorganizations are resulting in top talent leaving the organization and demotivation of the remaining employees


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