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Updated August 7, 2017
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 36 reviews)

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

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  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"


  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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worth the money?"

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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)
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, surroundings, colleagues, interesting

    Cons

    Bullying, blame culture, too IT reliant,


  4. "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.


  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. "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  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 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.


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