AstraZeneca Diversity And Inclusion FAQ

Read what AstraZeneca employees think about diversity and inclusion at the company, and if their workforce is comprised and supportive of individuals of varying gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion and other attributes.

AstraZeneca has a diversity rating of 4.1.

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3 English questions out of 3

12 January 2021

Does there seem to be diversity at AstraZeneca?

Pros

Good strategy, lots of great and competent people, many brilliant scientists, high level of dedication and commitment amongst staff, best performing Biopharmaceutical company in the world

Cons

Too much politics and power gaming, highly demanding work environment with very little respect for work life balance, not open to flexible working arrangements, diversity and inclusion is widely promoted in the company yet not followed by those leading the efforts

Advice to Management

Embrace the widespread society trend of providing flexible working arrangements. Take a broader perspective on diversity and inclusion, there is much more to it than gender balance, embrace different personality styles, approaches and ways of working. Avoid the inherited danger of only hiring people who can conform and adapt to a specific desired company style and behaviour - be open to true diversity.

Too much politics and power gaming, highly demanding work environment with very little respect for work life balance, not open to flexible working arrangements, diversity and inclusion is widely promoted in the company yet not followed by those leading the efforts

12 January 2021

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15 July 2020

Does AstraZeneca provide assistance to those with physical or mental disabilitiies?

Pros

Working at this company made me realize exactly the kind of company culture I would never want to work in.

Cons

Although the compensation and on-campus perks are amazing, they do not make up for the stress, anxiety and disrespect I endured while working here as a Black woman. Just weeks after I was hired, my bosses and team started criticizing me for not meeting expectations which were never communicated to me, although I was not properly onboarded and was not provided the proper training on team processes or expectations. I would get reprimanded for little things, like not replying right away to acknowledge that I had received emails, or not telepathically knowing that "get this done whenever you can" actually means "get this done yesterday." Somehow, my peers could get away with spontaneously taking the afternoon off, but when I announced any planned time-off two days in advance, I was told that I was taking "too much time-off." Slowly, the narrative was changing--I was no longer a competent communications professional, but an "inept, consistently absent" employee, even though I hadn't taken any more time-off than my white peers. I constantly felt as if I had to prove myself, prove that I belonged. When I was away from my workstation, my team would sometimes bad-mouth me within earshot of other workers. If I had to leave the office a little early, the comments included, "Where is she going this time?" My manager was once overheard saying that I "always have doctor's appointments." I should clarify here that at the time that I was hired for this role, I had well over 15 years of experience and a proven track record of meeting deadlines and delivering excellent work, and was simply trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance. When I tried reaching out to former managers and mentors for support, I was told that they didn't want to get involved. Eventually, I quit due to increasing anxiety, stress and burnout. And when I did, several other Black colleagues came out of the woodwork to confide in me how poorly treated they had been for many years. To this day, I have a few friends of color who still work there and who are still experiencing the worst forms of microaggressions and sometimes outright racism. AstraZeneca is a great place to work--but not for people of color.

campus perks are amazing, they do not make up for the stress, anxiety and disrespect I endured while working here as a Black woman.

15 July 2020

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15 January 2021

How is race or ethnicity talked about at AstraZeneca?

Pros

A lot of career development opportunities, culture is awesome with peers

Cons

Ceiling cap for women of color, not much diversity in the SET, lack of transparency in some instances, need more inclusive speak up culture with the leadership team

Advice to Management

More diversity in the SET team, need a more inclusive speak up culture with the management teams

Ceiling cap for women of color, not much diversity in the SET, lack of transparency in some instances, need more inclusive speak up culture with the leadership team

15 January 2021

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