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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 35 reviews)

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

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  1. "Astrazeneca in Cambridge"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice vibrant culture and cool science

    Cons

    Temporary buildings lack space and facilities


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoc at AstraZeneca"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Post Doc in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Post Doc in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    international, interdisciplinary, access to numerous technologies

    Cons

    poor management, restricted freedom, micro management starting from supervisor all the way to higher management, postdocs under more scrutiny than full time employees

    Advice to Management

    relax postdoc program, less scrutiny, too much pressure for postdocs to publish from management, third year extension should be a given and not an ordeal.

  3. "Supply Cahin Planning Partner"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Supply Cahin Planning Partner in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supply Cahin Planning Partner in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Place to Work; great opportunities and career paths.

    Cons

    Different functions are often working disjointly.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing attitude"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Big company resource, reach and respect from others. Good product pipeline. Development opportunities

    Cons

    Not people orientated. Very into process and systems so little flexibility. Lots of money spent on systems that are clumsy and not user friendly. Old fashioned attitude to business. Not for innovators or ridk takers

    Advice to Management

    People deliver your business treat them as individuals and with respect and the business will look after itself


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Bad to worse"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved most of the people i worked with

    Cons

    No Development opportunities
    No training
    No performance management - no recognition
    People not valued (any more)

    Advice to Management

    Value and develop your people. Get rid of Poor performers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic sales team, management needs improving."

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible package.

    Cons

    Politics, culture of bullying from some old school style managers. Difficult to get ahead if you don't fit the mould.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Upheaval due to move to Cambridge"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good remuneration. Interesting work. Flexible working environment. Some really skilled and motivated colleagues, genuine enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Upheaval due to move to Cambridge location. Downside of flexible working culture is the rise of the 9-to-5-ers now the site will close in 3 years time. Workforce tends to be cliquey which affects career development. There will be substantial new recruitment for the move, so it remains unclear what the future culture will be like.
    Shareholder influence may force the Pfizer issue if (when?) it comes up again this would be the end of AZ.

    Advice to Management

    Think more about career prospectives. Do something about nepotism and cliques.
    Resolve the move asap per department, don't let it drag on for three years like planned.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "AZ IT - not always a happy place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Architect in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AZ IT can be very well paid with great benefits.

    Cons

    Constant reorganisations, almost one every year, likely to have to apply for your own job at least every 2 years. Low engagement from management.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "middling"

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits and salary are average for this sector.

    Cons

    food in canteens is more expensive than most restaurants, too many voices involved in decision making which seems to take forever. very arrogant senior management. training is non existant.

    Advice to Management

    stop treating az as your own personal gravy train. stop the constant turnover of staff and concentrate on simplifying things, not just talking about it.


  10. "AstraZeneca Finance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work/life balance and generally friendly, helpful employees attitude

    Cons

    Disappointing in regards to motivation, job & training opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Lead on example


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