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Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • they offer great benefits and a good work/life balance (in 134 reviews)

  • Overall an excellent company to work for with good benefits (in 75 reviews)

Cons
  • Although they talk about work life balance it can be challenging when you are trying g to meet metrics (in 29 reviews)

  • I consider this a capital mistake in vision at the senior management level (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great employer, but hard to move up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative working environment, good energy in the company to succeed, lots of interesting science happening with the goal to provide innovative new medicines. Prior to joining the company I viewed such large pharma companies and faceless and impersonal, however this has not been my experience of AstraZeneca. There is good communication of clinical studies and success stories with patients back to those that are developing the medicines, which is really nice to see as a chemist working on API manufacture. There is a rather flat management structure and this works well to be connected to managers a couple of levels above your grade

    Cons

    Due to the flat management structure there is a downside that it can feel like your career is not progressing, I'm a senior scientist and have worked for the company for 2 years, I have a further 4 years industrial experience prior to my work here and a PhD under my belt, I think it will be another 4-6 years before I can see myself being promoted, with small pay rises this does mean I do keep an eye on the job market to see if I could get better pay elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Give a stepping stone between senior scientist and APS/Team leader, etc so that it feels more achievable to move up


  2. "Great company, shame R&D is moving to Cambridge."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Scientist in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alderley Park = best pharmaceutical R&D site in the UK period.
    Use the most amazing technology in a science focused organisation.
    Working environment = no dress code + mostly great people who are really friendly.
    Much less bureaucratic and corporate since the 2013 shake up.
    The higher ups are genuinely passionate about science, collaboration and R&D +++++

    Cons

    Moving to Cambridge and all that goes along with that.
    ....A nice looking building if you don't mind waiting a decade to move in,
    Money's good, but check their redundancy stats = not the best.


  3. "Process Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Leader in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Process Leader in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great development opportunities for individuals and opportunities for career progression. There is also a lot of investment ongoing in Macclesfield site that shows there is a great future ahead.

    Cons

    It is a challenging environment in the manufacturing area that can be stressful or quite demanding at times.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the good communication with the employees and good work with assuring investment for the Site.


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  5. "AZ"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Overall an excellent company to work for with good benefits

    Cons

    Role moved overseas and has left me on the streets. Thank you


  6. "Brilliant company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of scope for progress up career ladder. Opportunities to handle projects and business as usual. Great, committed people and good culture.

    Cons

    Working in an environment of constant transformation & change, year in / year out, you have to adapt to this or fail!
    Going through even more change now, involving geographic moves of people.
    Lots & lots of change, all happening at same time - difficulty in seeing th bigger picture

    Advice to Management

    Need to prioritise what needs to be done today and what can wait until tomorrow.


  7. "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid given straight from practice. Excellent location in Alderley Park

    Cons

    Work life balance and deadline expectations

    Advice to Management

    More realistic deadline management


  8. "Kam"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package, good support

    Cons

    Lack of promotion opportunities if field based


  9. "Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great products showing innovation into new areas

    Cons

    Complicated processes slows down progress.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify processes


  10. "A vibrant engaging Work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities țo engage in cross functional projects, good work benefits and flexibility

    Cons

    Less time to allocate to individual personal development, travel restrictions

    Advice to Management

    Doing a good job with present strategy.


  11. "N/A"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great company, feel part of the journey and the organisation.

    Cons

    Cannot think of any cons.



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