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AstraZeneca Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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  1. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist 

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, work/life balance, good benefits

    Cons

    communication, promotion process, vacation carry-over

    AstraZeneca2019-10-23
  2. "Great Experience for an intern"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca for more than a year

    Pros

    Great Work-Life Balance, Great Culture

    Cons

    Need more networking events with other interns and senior-level management

    AstraZeneca2019-07-18
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay at what cost..."

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    Former Employee - Alarm Management in Frederick, MD

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The pay could be better for getting your foot in the door.

    Cons

    You work rotating 12 hr shifts which makes it hard to have a good work life balance, they mostly hire from recruiting agencies and you have no holiday pay, no accumulated vacation, sick time or health insurance etc. for up to and over a year in some instances and a lot of management politics.

    Advice to Management

    To make their process of hiring good employees quicker, there are not a lot of people that can afford to go 6 mos to 1 year without company sponsored health insurance.

    AstraZeneca2019-07-12
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work, goes through upheavals every 3-4 years"

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay for the area, good benefits, work-life balance is good

    Cons

    Less pay than competing companies in other areas (Boston, SanFran), regularly goes through re-organizations (not abnormal for biotech, but something to be aware of), speaks a lot about diversity but leadership doesn't reflect it.

    AstraZeneca2019-06-20
  5. "Great Benefits, Poorly Managed"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance, Excellent Benefits, Great training, amazingly effective products

    Cons

    Management & Human Resources do not effectively respond to legitimate employee relation complaints. Culture is created on an environment of distrust and dishonesty. This starts at the Executive leadership and rolls down. Sexist, Good Ole Boys club Executive management

    Advice to Management

    AZ could be a great place to work if less emphasis is put on clocking hours and calls and more on results. An employee that is leading in their district and ranked high nationally shouldn’t have to worry if they have a call logged at 4:45 every day especially when provider access is extremely limited and continuing to diminish. This forces your employees to often stretch the truth or risk being terminated like so... many have this year in efforts to involuntarily downsize for the sake of stockholder fear. Integrity and inclusion are discussed as a point of pride but rarely implemented across the DSMs and EBDs nationally. Change your style or risk being a farm league for a low skilled, ineffective work force.

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    AstraZeneca2019-06-28
  6. Helpful (1)

    "CV Specialty Sales"

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    Former Employee - CV Specialty Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Top Notch Benefits Package -compensation, 401k, Insurance, company car, average amount of paid time off compared to other Pharma. Company shuts down between Christmas and New Years Day

    Cons

    There is No work life balance in the CV Sales division- very aggressive unrealistic sales quotas. District sales manager makes job enjoyable or miserable depending on who you work for. When PTO is figured they use 7.5 hours for each day. We work well over 7.5 hour days. My District Manager routinely emailed and texted reps many times each week before 8 am and after 6 pm “sorry for late notice but...”. You needed to... check emails and texts at all hours. He had a lot of conference calls & lots of reports taking time away from seeing customers. Consistently worked 10 plus hour days. Average work week 55 hours. Many managers obsessed with posting on workplace (corporate facebook). We were Required by our district manager to constantly post and respond to his posts. It gives upper management the illusion that district sales managers “engage” with sales people. Posting is not engaging your people, it’s often distracting and takes time away from customers. It’s also a potentially legal liability. Every 1 1/2 to 2 years there is Complete shift in top management changing roles or leaving the company. As a result the sales division has a complete shift in changing priorities and performance measurements.

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    Advice to Management

    Understand the industry has changed since 1990s but you operate like it hasn’t. Access to physicians & hospitals has changed dramatically making it extremely difficult to get time with customers. Be more realistic about sales quota and calls per day execution. Brow beating your sales people with more and more expectations doesn’t produce more sales, it produces burnout of good sales people.

    AstraZeneca2019-05-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Salary but hard to move up"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great compensation package and work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Lost of turnover because its very difficult to get promoted at many levels

    Advice to Management

    Turn over would decrease if promotions were not so difficult to get.

    AstraZeneca2019-04-28
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Money- Bad work environment"

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    Current Employee - National Account Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay/some nice people/ 401k/great pipeline

    Cons

    No work life balance Use old bell curve for evaluation Ruthless management

    Advice to Management

    They won’t listen or care to hear anything against themselves.

    AstraZeneca2019-05-04
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Good place with a good environment-Many facets of learning"

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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn and grow in terms of projects. Lots of Autonomy to make decision If you are with a good Manager, you can have a great career at MedImmune Small company feel in a BIG pharma tier 1 Global company environment GREAT fantastic fitness facility TGIF on Fridays have good food LOTS of vendors and supplier fairs that allow you to grow your circle and expand your horizons...making... connections Lots of huddle rooms to help with team cross functional work Fantastic work life balance!

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    Cons

    EVERYTHING is contracted out-YOU are responsible for purchase requisitions, quotations and processing it through. EVERY minor & major decision goes up to the product develompent teams and then to the GLOBAL project teams (GPT) When you sit in a GPT meeting, its all numbers, figures and values being dictated by Sweden & UK headquarters. The jargon is so convoluted, complex, abstract and hard to... understand. Your decisions mean nothing really. Its all being influenced by another higher up GOOD LUCK getting a promotion! Nepotism is rampant. Cliques are common. If you are not a specific "demographic" good luck going above senior manager level The directors are mostly a specific "demographic" Low salaries compared to industry standard You will see many candidates with 0 years experience with a PHD become a Scientist II or Senior Manager, where as people with a Masters and 20 years experience be a Scientist I The science track is so hard to escape. Very difficult to get into managerial track Everybody is a scientist, Get used to a Science project environment. You get recognition and fame by doing posters....more posters, and EVEN more Science posters that result in no commercial launches. Just follow the science and do your poster! GET ready to work on a project for 2 months...put ALL YOUR HEART and SOUL in it and then have it RIPPED from you. then you start another project and work on it for 3 months....then have it transitioned to a new hire who is two levels above you who has NO knowledge whatsoever. Great way to ensure project continuity Get ready to put all your effort into a project...write all the plans and protocols, only to have your manager and the senior management go on that rosy business trip your place. Management have a DOG EAT DOG, Ghost KILL Ghost approach. They never align and constantly bicker Many colleagues come and join the company and leave the company in less than a year. They can barely hire replacements faster than personnel leaving Its always the favorites that go to the GPT meetings and GET ALL the CREDIT for the work you do Every project revolves around a HIGH LEVEL POWER POINT. Get ready to go to powerpoint school. Everything is about a HI level powerpoint presentation Learn to work with "snakes in suits", corporate psychopaths, bullies and narcissists Lots of Megalomaniacs around -Watch out! Good luck getting paper work approved Good luck getting people to show up to CRITICAL meetings It will be the project managers and senior scientists/Principal scientists that take all the glory and credit, They do nothing actually except do powerpoints and delgate work.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop working from home in California and move to Gaithersburg. Its hard to take direction and leadership from GHOSTS Trust your internal teams. When you put more faith and trust in you CONSULTANTS, it demoralizes your team. Perhaps show up for work in person maybe ? How about stop travelling and going to scientific symposiums and conventions and maybe have a one on one with your subordinates ? Don't... just talk the talk, walk the walk! Many of you have no idea of technical skills and knowledge, so don't go on power trips during one on ones

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    AstraZeneca2019-02-15
  10. "Not as competitive as before"

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    Current Employee - Pilot Production Tech II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pay, decent work life balance

    Cons

    Way too hard to get promotions

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking all the credit

    AstraZeneca2019-03-04
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