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"Used to be a great company to work for, its now ok, but not great"

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Current Employee - Principal Scientist
Current Employee - Principal Scientist
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Company is in flux and reorg, so some opportunities will arise for those that are mobil

Cons

company in flux and reorg, and not clear if new strategy will deliver.

Advice to Management

Company used to be a great place to work, a shame what's happening to the morale of the group.

Other Employee Reviews for AstraZeneca

  1. "Good company just lost focus on Oncology"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist
    Former Employee - Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Various therapeutic areas to work in

    Cons

    Decrease of focus in Oncology


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be great, now poor"

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High salary, great benefits. The scientists are highly qualified and most are great people to work with. The facilities are well designed and a wonderful space to work in.

    Cons

    - Constant stream of layoffs has created an atmosphere of fear. Scapegoating which was unheard of a few years ago is now common, with managers throwing their reports under the bus to save their own skins.

    - There is a constant blame shifting atmosphere as individuals struggle to avoid responsibility for fear of being targeted in the next series of layoffs. This leads to both to scapegoating and to endless series of meetings to attempt to reach a consensus decision on almost everything. Unfortunately unless everyone agrees no one will agree and while clear cut yes/no decisions are made, decisions in the grey area are trapped in an endless series of meetings with no one willing to say yes or no.

    - New senior management has encouraged an extremely political atmosphere in which office politics and backstabbing are paramount. As a result the primary focus of middle management has shifted from discovering new drugs to surviving office politics.

    - There has been an extremely rapid series of reorganizations/business plan shifts. This is extremely disruptive. Drug development is a long process with drugs taking years to progress from discovery to the marketplace. Changing business plans every year or two doesn't work with a development process that long and just makes the pipeline problem worse.

    - There is a significant pipeline problem that everyone new was coming but senior management made inadequate preparations and now lower level employees are suffering while the senior level people who made the bad decisions are leaving with very golden parachutes.

    Advice to Management

    It didn't use to be this way. For many years AstraZeneca was fantastic and it can be fantastic again.

    Refocus on the employees, you still have good people but not for long if you don't fix things. Stop the stream of layoff so people can quit focusing on office politics and start paying attention to developing drugs. Pick a business plan and stick to it. Empower people to make decisions.

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