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Updated November 17, 2017
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 45 reviews)

  • Senior management often out of office due to multiple sites making access to them difficult (in 29 reviews)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "High Base Salaries & Strong Benefits - Poor Executive Level Communication"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High Base Salaries on top of a very good flexible benefits package
    Company technology is of high standard and is improving all the time
    Very capable colleagues with loads of experience
    Great Work live balance

    Cons

    Poor high level communication
    Poor line management skills
    Constantly in restructuring
    Allows the same people to do all key projects despite poor performance

    Advice to Management

    Need to engage more when planning restructuring otherwise you wil not break constant restruturing cycle and need to clamp down on individuals wasting company money in "restruturing"


  5. "no comments"

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    Former Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a nice company culture and friendly environment overall, but too many and too frequent restructuring, most of which without clear purpose in long term perspective.

    Cons

    No carrier progression but rather increasing overload and deteriorating work-life balance. Becoming more dysfunctional within time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep checking and reminding yourself whyare you there and what are your main motivation drivers. Try to be honest (at least with yourselves).


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Getting better at people development but still a way to go before it's up there with benchmark organisations."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Access Manager in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Market Access Manager in Luton, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great science developing all the time, really wonderful people (for the most part!). Very supportive of further education and academic learning on the job. Reasonable benefit package on par with the industry.

    Cons

    Too much overlap between roles in various layers of the organisation, too much committee based decision making so decisions don't get made fast enough. Performance not always managed we'll by some managers. Career progression is politically motivated not based on transparent criteria.

    Advice to Management

    Look a bit closer at some of the management behaviours. Need greater transparency in people development, clearer behavioural & capabilities mapping for how to move to the next job, and better and more consistent management of people's performance.


  7. "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Alderley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Alderley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good Packages
    Varied Role
    Science focused

    Cons

    No career progression
    Illogical End of year rating system
    You can feel a cog in a machine
    Tough working with a fragmented organisation split across sites due to Cambridge Move

    Advice to Management

    Be honest
    Consider staff as a people and not just resource to keep business running

  8. "An average 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)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pipeline, mostly good people to work with, pension plan, stock options, 401K match, flexible work environment

    Cons

    communication, career growth, insufficient cross functional support

    Advice to Management

    Keep the talent, communicate better


  9. "Global Marketing Director, launching new cardiovascular drug"

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    Current Employee - Global Marketing Director in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Director in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product and opportunity to help prevent morbidity and mortality of patients with CV disease. Company infrastructure us improving but a long way to go. Need better focus.

    Cons

    Politics getting in the way of launch plans. Company hires people with expertise, and then Senior Managers who have no experience in the disease area but have longevity start to interfere and try and control the approach in the wrong way.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the experts you hire to get on with the job and prevent opportunistic egoists from interfering


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Some areas treat people better than others"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Good facilities
    Flexible working arrangements
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Some people had to work everyday of their notice period (3 months, 6 months or 1 year) and other get to have a year off on full pay. No consistency between functions which cause tensions.
    Career ladder limited if not in a Science based role

    Advice to Management

    Need to treat all individuals the same. Huge salary discrepancies


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