AstraZeneca Reviews in London, England

Updated 6 August 2014
Updated 6 August 2014
430 Reviews

3.3
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work / Life balance is good with opportunity to move within the company (in 57 reviews)

  • Great Pay and benefits are good as well (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is suffering as additional work is piled on the few that remain (in 11 reviews)

  • No rep advocates amongst senior management and very few capable FLSM's (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best job I've had

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture. Supportive but laid back management. Interesting challenging projects to work on. Flexible working hours. I was a contractor and the pay was very good.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind. No issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK at first but quickly became frustrated.

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good acceess to senior management.flexible working was encouraged.

    Cons

    Poor oportunities for development and promotion. Quite an old office. Very bureaucratic and slow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    AstraZeneca Finance

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    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good Work/life balance and generally friendly, helpful employees attitude

    Cons

    Disappointing in regards to motivation, job & training opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead on example

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Uneasy times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working, salaries are good, if working in the right areas there's an excellent team dynamic. People are amazingly friendly despite all that's going on.

    Cons

    A company amongst the midst of massive changes worldwide. Feathers are ruffled, people are unhappy. The company needs to look at employees who do a fair bulk of the hard work and learn how to value them.

    Little to no value on PA's, despite the hours and work they have done, and continue to do despite being told there is no future for them at the company as they won't relocate them.

    Could benefit with a clear out of the dead wood now and not wait for natural waste to occur.

    They also need to make up their minds about the relocation, which is now accelerated to next summer, not summer 2015/2016, and have a little respect towards those they know they don't want to take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect those who are working hard for you... And show it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of pressure

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    Current Employee - Principal Business Relationship Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Principal Business Relationship Manager in London, England

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture
    Interesting industry
    Global footprint

    Cons

    In constant restructuring
    Lack of continuity in strategy due to changing leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful to look after the employees you want to keep

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Chaos - leave well alone

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    Former Employee - Administrator  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Administrator in London, England

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Their products are great, nice offices shame it's not nice working there.

    Cons

    PAs are arrogant - don't temp there! IT is appalling for such a big company - 3 people trying to sort out every IT issue at Kingdom Street - overstretched is an understatement. Hot desking hated by all. It's a matrix company in a mess that has lost its grip on what it's trying to achieve. Too many sections are outsourced and many staff are unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out your IT and your hot desking situation. Also sort out or get rid of some of your arrogant PAs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    promotion prospects

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    Current Employee - Director, Finance  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Director, Finance in London, England

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

    Pros

    Lots of people with a real passion for the work AZ does - this surprised me.
    Good pay and benefits
    Good development opportunities

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for advancement as the company is contracting
    A little bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help people plan their careers better and provide more structure - good seasoned professionals will work there and move on if there is no opportunity, the "lifers" and those with less ambition will stay and that doesn't help a company respond to changing business needs flexibily

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Capable people, hugely political. Full of European and American managers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    Great products, friendly work place, work life balance

    Cons

    Low on diversity , unfair and political promotions , poor product pipeline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give opportunity to non Europeans and non Americans, be honest in communication

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Start living in the real world. Become competitive, not cosy.

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    Former Employee - Director  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Director in London, England

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    The pay is good, and some of the people are good.

    Cons

    Massively over-manned and over-managed. When anyone else would have one person doing a job, AZ has at least 3, and four extra layers of managers and directors. Instead of merging Astra and Zeneca - both of which were fat and overmanned - they just added them together and put in a couple of extra layers of directors and managers. Having grown fat and lazy with great stock programmes, folk just turn up for work and don't seek the improvements in how the business works that will shortly be needed for survival. The whole culture is just waiting for the next "blockbuster" drug that will make them all real comfortable again. They don't realise that their old model of blockbusters and stupid healthcare plans and governments paying them too much just will not work in the future. The folk from N. America intensely dislike the Brits, the Brits hate the folk from N America, and the Swedes get pushed around by the Americans and Brits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the organisation by 40% and reduce the number of managers and directors and VPs by 60%. Change the top of the HR team so that you have some really capable people there. Stop the nonsense about "Globalisation". It is costing you so much money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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