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"Exceptional company that typically takes the high road in an increasingly scrutinized industry with growing challenges."

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Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in White Plains, NY
Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in White Plains, NY
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

* Many strong employees that actually care about patient health
* Solid upper management that has guided the company through many tough times
* Lots of cash-- ready to acquire companies and compounds to build pipeline

Cons

* Patent expiration of blockbusters provides uncertain future
* Collaborative efforts with other pharma companies poses a risk
* Conservative marketing approach allows more aggressive competitors to take advantage with bolder claims

Advice to Management

* Keep communication open during times of change
* Create a culture of career advancement
* Focus on strengthening the sales force by making it leaner

Other Employee Reviews for AstraZeneca

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Initially challenging and invigorating, then all about keeping your manager happy."

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    Former Employee - Global Medical Affairs Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Global Medical Affairs Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities and benefits. There are many systems in place so coming up to speed can be like following a template. Also, marketing budgets are adequate. They have a very customer oriented approach to marketing.

    Cons

    Sometimes the systems can smother you and they are always coming up with a new way of doing a certain aspect of marketing (branding, positioning, etc) that takes on a life of it's own. The biggest con is that people are in constant fear of their jobs and can't speak freely. The company culture changed greatly (in a negative direction) in the 5 years that I was there.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly listen to those closest to the customer and be open to ideas. Welcome that one who isn't going with the flow -- he/she might be the only one brave enough to speak up.


  2. "Good People with Big Challenges"

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    Current Employee - Informatics Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Informatics Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    On the whole, AstraZeneca has great people. There are a lot of smart people, particularly in R&D, who know their jobs and actually like working *with* other people.

    If you're interested in healthcare or scientific research, want a seriously challenging career and are among the best at what you do, AZ is a good place to spend your time...

    AZ also takes work/life balance seriously. So if you have a family, whether that's children or parents or siblings, AZ management tends to be sympathetic to those needs.

    Cons

    A more complex web of matrix management you won't find outside of a government bureaucracy. This provides a huge cost in speed of decision making and in accountability.

    Giant patent cliff is coming. Heavy reliance on outsourcing (though this has good points, as well as bad).

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