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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated August 22, 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. "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.


  2. 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    Check the box reps and managers- outdated sales model

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director Pharmacovigilance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    collaborative culture, good benefits, nice people

    Cons

    extreme long hours, limited staff, a lot of work outsourced to numerous vendors

    Advice to Management

    conisder value added and not only the $$$ when deciding where to build teams


  4. "Great company overall"

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

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

    Pros

    Very patient focused and flexible work environment

    Cons

    Extremely bureaucratic and siloed environment


  5. "A bleeding house"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Decent products. If you can get into the Oncology space, that is the place to be.

    Cons

    Many instances of "sales" leaders that never sold.
    Brand teams look at sales with disdain.
    Still very metric driven (calls per day)
    Internal advancement to specialty sales is non-existent. Orders are to hire outside people w/ experience in given area. Negative effect on morale.
    Major products lost to generics or soon to be generic competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Whatever advice that would be provided would be ignored. They really don't care about what people outside of the inner circle think.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with, excellent benefits! Managers can be good and bad, but that is the same in any industry.

    Cons

    Too many good people let go as downsizing continues to run rampant. Company is really struggling with nothing but me too products. Also, there is NO chance for advancement as they have decided to hire externally for the more specialized roles.


  7. 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Representative"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are okay. I really like most of thier managers.

    Cons

    They have third party vendors handling Human Resources

    Advice to Management

    Don't let outside companies handle your Human Resources. It make it hard to find answer on company benefits and possible problems you are facing in the field.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "AstraZeneca"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing bonus plan.

    Cons

    Some of the people can be difficult to work with.


  10. "IS Security Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work due to atmosphere and culture

    Cons

    Business decision to move IT / IS to countries outside of US.


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