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Updated February 25, 2017
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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Pros
  • they offer great benefits and a good work/life balance (in 135 reviews)

  • Overall an excellent company to work for with good benefits (in 77 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. "A great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Engineering Assistant in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Engineering Assistant in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The staff are friendly and helpful. Work is challenging at times but very rewarding. Every project you work on is a way of helping people who otherwise would live with terrible disease/illness. Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Sometimes projects demand more of your time than the usual 8 hour day and youbmay he expected to work late, however you can then take off a few hours im the following days to ensure no more than 40 hours are worked per week (on average).

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring university students as this is a positive way to increase employability of people who will have an understanding of how the company operates


  2. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package, and holidays (usually 22 days minimum + christmas, and opportunity to "buy" an additional 10 days. Flexible working is great for those with families.

    Cons

    Highly corporate mentality, high pressure workload but flexible working and good holidays help relieve this.


  3. "Excellent support and development"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Science Communications in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Science Communications in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very competitive salary with fantastic amenities (shuttle buses, bicycle scheme, onsite services like dry cleaning). Lovely buildings with transport links between all.

    Extensive training and milestones to ensure on track development and exposure to variety of disciplines.

    Cons

    Everyone is very busy and meetings do get changed at last minute frequently. Senior management often out of office due to multiple sites making access to them difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Once the new building is occupied it might not be so much of an issue, but I rarely ever saw senior management in the building.


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  5. "Great employer where I've had the opportunity to perform several different roles."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Alliance Director in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Alliance Director in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent employer with well-enforced code of conduct, strong collaborative culture, a focus on entrepreneurial leadership, and clear vision and strategy.

    Cons

    Recent changes to geographic footprint has resulted in a lot of disruption and the loss of a lot of talented individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on work done connecting and integrating different parts of the business.


  6. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Professional with excellent organisational structure and working practices.

    Cons

    Accountability not always clear within some areas.


  7. "Astrazeneca"

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work flexibly, good rewards package, plenty of opportunities to develop and progress

    Cons

    Constant change, lots of 'near-shoring' and 'off-shoring'
    It's not the astrazeneca way to admit when projects don't work - lack of ability to recognise and acknowledge mistakes

    Advice to Management

    When implementing projects that will affect people, make sure you consult with the right people.


  8. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive and stimulating work environment, working with intelligent people to make a massive difference

    Cons

    massive, complex, global organisation can be a challenge to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Keep on communicating


  9. "Placement student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collaborative and friendly working environment

    Cons

    Lack of facilities across site


  10. "Medical Science Liaison"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Manchester, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline, focused in cv/met, oncology and respiratory

    Cons

    Too big, role can get lost

    Advice to Management

    Keep Msl teams smaller


  11. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best pipelines in the industry, vision to move to Cambridge with world-class sites around the globe
    Very collaborative and open to innovation

    Cons

    Many locations in Cambridge, traffic makes travelling between them a challenge but the new site will open soon



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