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AstraZeneca Alderley Edge Reviews

Updated 7 August 2017
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Alderley Edge, England

3.4
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 40 reviews)

  • pipeline, senior management, constant change (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, and holidays (usually 22 days minimum + christmas, and opportunity to "buy" an additional 10 days. Flexible working is great for those with families.

    Cons

    Highly corporate mentality, high pressure workload but flexible working and good holidays help relieve this.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "High Base Salaries & Strong Benefits - Poor Executive Level Communication"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Alderley Edge, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Alderley Edge, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High Base Salaries on top of a very good flexible benefits package
    Company technology is of high standard and is improving all the time
    Very capable colleagues with loads of experience
    Great Work live balance

    Cons

    Poor high level communication
    Poor line management skills
    Constantly in restructuring
    Allows the same people to do all key projects despite poor performance

    Advice to Management

    Need to engage more when planning restructuring otherwise you wil not break constant restruturing cycle and need to clamp down on individuals wasting company money in "restruturing"


  3. "Great company with a passion for science"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Edge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to attract brilliant and change in leadership in 2013 reminded people what made the company great - great science.

    Cons

    Seemingly constant change and resource allocation doesn't always match demand

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - but do more than talk about prioritisation - make it happen at the ground level


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "better out than in"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    reasonably high salary for the industry

    Cons

    a foul culture devoid of integrity that promotes stealing work and abusing colleagues to promote yourself at any cost.

    Advice to Management

    promote a culture of team working over individualism and stop communicating entirely in meaningless business jargon. "If you expect a vipers nest of politicalness then that's what you will get." - Astro Teller, Google.


  6. "A company built on success in the 80s, with most of the same people still around....until now"

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    Former Employee - Information Sciences Associate Director in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Employee - Information Sciences Associate Director in Alderley Edge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really cares for their people and will bend over backwards to be fair.

    Cons

    Perhaps keeps people in jobs they are not truly suited to for too long

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest in reasons for change


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bad to worse"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alderley Edge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved most of the people i worked with

    Cons

    No Development opportunities
    No training
    No performance management - no recognition
    People not valued (any more)

    Advice to Management

    Value and develop your people. Get rid of Poor performers.


  8. "Very good experience"

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    Former Contractor - Communications Manager in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Contractor - Communications Manager in Alderley Edge, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional and collaborative working environment. Aligned goals and objectives and genuine team working.
    Real opportunity to shape your own role and take on projects that stretch you professionally.

    Cons

    The usual challenges with a global matrix organisation. Getting on board, understanding who your stakeholders are and so on takes a while.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Listen to staff more, get 'seen' at all levels and walk the talk."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Alderley Edge, England
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A company doing good for humanity, doing great things to help healthcare and patients in need

    Cons

    Slow, lots of red tape, too established in old ways and outdated methods of doing things

    Advice to Management

    Cultural change needed and don't fall into trap of being too american!! AZ thrives on its Anglo Swedish heritage please don't let it become another US Corporate 'clone


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