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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 36 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good corporate culture"

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    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, mostly awesome managers, realistic goals to meet your bonuses, no micromanging, no carrying samples which saves you hours of headache

    Cons

    Don't work in Diabetes division, all their products are 2 and or 3rd to market and have flaws their competitors don't, which makes it hard in a very competitive Diabetes market. They lost huge drugs like Crestor, Nexium and Symbicort can't be far off. How do you make up for that...

    Advice to Management

    Start acquiring companies for a richer pipeline in more than just respiatory.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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

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

    Pros

    promising new medicines in oncology and biologics

    Cons

    many employees stretched to cover gaps as employees leave

  3. "Doing more with less"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits, reasonable hours. The people are great.

    Cons

    Constant change and frequent reorganizations. Constant sense of pressure to meet targets in order to stay employed.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good.

    Cons

    This company is sinking fast. They employ and promote the incompetent and ignore anyone who wants to make improvements or even suggests that something could be done more efficiently or more streamlined. Everything takes 10 times longer than it needs to due to restrictive, antiquated policies and constant turn-over and re-creating the wheel. They have no concept of what it really is like to care for patients and do not utilize the expertise of either external or internal collaborators. The culture is not at all nurturing and is down right adversarial and punitive to those who are new and not part of the dead wood that continues to implement non-sensical restrictions through repeated useless meetings that go nowhere except backwards. Stay away from this company.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and look at what is happening.


  5. 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,


  6. "AZ"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and good culture

    Cons

    Patent cliffs and pipeline risks

    Advice to Management

    Focus on growth and pipeline


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. "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.


  9. "AstraZeneca Review"

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    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Bronx, NY
    Former Employee - Diabetes Sales Specialist in Bronx, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Best severance package I ever received with plenty of advanced warning about the possible lay off. I enjoyed my time, team, and superior. Would not hesitate to return

    Cons

    Cant think of a thing. They communicated change at ever turn. The products where the best in the market with data to prove it. My boss was sent from heaven. She was the right balance of nurture and driver.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "AZ review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great 401k and pension plan

    Cons

    Check the box reps and managers- outdated sales model


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