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Updated November 10, 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 28 reviews)

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  1. "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


  2. 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.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "Senior director marketing"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture with improved decision making

    Cons

    Pipeline and study success delivery

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing sites


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good things don't last forever...."

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, amazing location, up to date IT solutions to make working from home, and with colleagues globally, easy. Competitive salary, have had some great opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    Work in a site that is closing, my role is being transferred but due to family commitments I can't make the move. Feeling of detachment in the site as we prepare to move (minority) or leave and start job hunting.

    Advice to Management

    Make AP staff feel valued for the contribution they have made to AZ's success.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, talented people but constant changes in structure and strategy mean morale is low."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits package, reliable performance bonus, flexible working, investment in technology means cutting edge tools are increasingly available.

    Cons

    Recent cost cutting and outsourcing efforts mean morale is very low, with expectations of further consolidation in the near future. Very few formal development opportunities outside the most senior roles, and a lack of importance placed on Line Manager capability mean you really have to be pushy if you want career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Do much more to make line managers accountable for nurturing talent and inject much greater pace when implementing change, particularly where jobs will be lost.

  8. "AstraZeneca as a contracted worker"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible timetable for work
    I was paid by the hour
    Good facilities at Alderley Park (sadly AZ left the site)

    Cons

    Moving up beyond a Senior Scientist role is very difficult, as there are a lot of Senior Scientists and there is competition from outside.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workers and help them to develop their skills by offering more courses that could run in parallel with routine work.


  9. "Great employer"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good development opportunities

    Very competitive salary and benefits

    Leadership is passionate about science

    Cons

    Large amount of change and uncertainty


  10. "Great Employer"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Harrogate, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, exciting new job role. Taken on at the start of a really exciting new project at a customer service level rather than sales.

    Cons

    The company started us all on salaries relevant to our skills and experience whilst benchmarking the role. When ascertained the role balanced out at a reasonably low level, they brought in a manger to micro-manage the higher earners out!

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark roles before employing a diverse, highly skilled team.


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