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Updated September 13, 2017
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1. "AZ Empluyer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Enterprise Architect in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Enterprise Architect in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, ethical employer, excellent career progression.

    Cons

    Reduced UK Footprint, change of leadership less caring than previous, just a number sometimes.


  2. "Extremely friendly environment to work in"

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    Former Intern - Undergraduate Summer Placement in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Summer Placement in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful friendly colleagues to work with.
    Great company values.
    Experts in all fields available for consultation.
    Opportunities for advancement.
    Health and safety awareness.

    Cons

    Remote location (relative to London).
    Can have issues accessing analytical instruments.
    Dated data acquisition software.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in modern data acquisition software.

  3. "Senior Scientist"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent top Pharma company where you can develop your skills by working within various departments. Development of staff is supported and leadership at all levels in encouraged.

    Cons

    Workload in Early Devlopment can be quite high. This needs to be managed on a realistic level.

    Advice to Management

    Staff work life balance needs to be encouraged and implemented.


  4. "Good leadership, too many changes"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very science oriented company, strong corporate culture, inspiring leadership.
    A great improvement to 4-5 years ago

    Cons

    Sometimes, too many changes at the same time. Requires a lot of stamina, flexibility to adapt

    Advice to Management

    Caring and planning


  5. "Great organisation - constant pace of change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to step up and make a difference & Pace of change
    Open culture
    Great working environment - new locations and fit out of old ones
    Commitment to improving technology
    Clear mission and focus

    Cons

    Technology/systems challenges - huge and clumbersome, at times although known issues
    Super-admin heavy - lots of systems to cut through
    Can be political - although getting better

    Advice to Management

    Continue with change and simplification programmes, but also challenge the non-adopters to move forward


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Contractor in Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company makes a great effort to engage employees and invest in making it a great place to work. There is a determined focus on following the science to develop new life changing medicines and to put patients first.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change and restructuring with a drive to save money by moving jobs to lower cost parts of the world eg India, Eastern Europe, Far East. Increased job opportunities in those locations are offset by job losses in the more traditional locations where the company has operated, It's sad but inevitable.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain honest and timely communication on the vision for the future of the company to enable employees adversely affected to manage the change.


  7. "A great place to work"

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    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

  8. "Good company to work for"

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    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.


  9. "Excellent support and development"

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    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.


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

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    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.


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