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Updated December 15, 2017
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 45 reviews)

  • Senior management have a lack of interest and empathy for individuals (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking and progressive company

    Cons

    In the middle of transition


  2. "Manager - GA&I"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility in job opportunities globally

    Cons

    Its a political business environment

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities but higher level management not interested in people"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company and incentive to have the career that you want. If you are interested in moving and trying different roles this is available, but you have to push for it. Good salary and benefits package.

    Cons

    Senior management have a lack of interest and empathy for individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your workforce, they are the key to your ongoing success.


  4. "Great benefits package and people, frustrating work environment"

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    Current Employee - Finance Director in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package on top of basic salary.
    Lots of good people trying hard to do the best they can to contribute to company targets.
    Pleasant work environment (in some buildings) and efforts being made on new surroundings.

    Cons

    Very little autonomy to make changes or get things done.
    Too much faceless back office and going around in circles with queries or issues.
    Morale is very low in some areas due to restructures and excessive workload.
    Top management doesn't care about individuals and is very insensitive about impact of restructuring changes made.
    HR effort is all focused on hiring and onboarding, there is very little support as an employee or people manager once in the company, as there are not enough HR business partners.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult decisions always need to be made in business, so please approach them with sensitivity and empathy where people's lives are concerned. Hire people at the top with better people skills to help if needed!
    Outsourcing and centralising services in low cost areas is not always the answer. It may save money on the surface, but lots of people internally are running around trying to fix things and wasting time which could be much better spent.


  5. "It's not that bad..."

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent compared to similar jobs.

    Cons

    Lack of progression within QC


  6. "placement student"

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    Former Intern - Industrial Placement Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Industrial Placement Student in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open and diverse environment, friendly staff, focus on providing the right medicine

    Cons

    would have like to progressed further with my project


  7. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Patient centric, good rates of pay

    Cons

    No structure - fragmented and no frameworks

    Advice to Management

    Poor leadership in HR

  8. "Science Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large breadth of activities and opportunities

    Cons

    In the middle of relocalisation of R&D

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop employees


  9. "Great while it lasted"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, well paid, excellent benefits and working facilities. There were opportunities for development and the interest in working for a global company. They keep you up to date on the company's developments. Contractors treated as well as employed staff (minus benefits).

    Cons

    The constant restructuring and moving/off shoring most of the Cheshire business. Never feel secure in your role and decisions are never justified. The pursuit of cost savings over quality and wisdom of current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and address employees' concerns - don't avoid the questions like politicians. It's really too late to offer advice as you've lost most of your best employees through pointless restructuring.


  10. "Extremely friendly environment to work in"

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    Former Intern - Undergraduate Summer Placement in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Summer Placement in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful friendly colleagues to work with.
    Great company values.
    Experts in all fields available for consultation.
    Opportunities for advancement.
    Health and safety awareness.

    Cons

    Remote location (relative to London).
    Can have issues accessing analytical instruments.
    Dated data acquisition software.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in modern data acquisition software.


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