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AstraZeneca Associate Principal Scientist Reviews

Updated 3 Jan 2020

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    An exciting scientific atmosphere coupled with good work life balance. There is a current focus on individual development and plenty of opportunities for secondments.

    Cons

    If you're joining as a new Grad or PhD there are already a lot of talented people in the organisation looking for promotion. Hence promotion could be slower than you expect. There is a gradual trend in outsourcing jobs to Asia, with some functions now at a minimum number of UK roles

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    AstraZeneca2018-08-08
  2. "Pharmaceutical Development"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Exciting late stage pipeline should lead to a number of new approvals

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move sideways.

    AstraZeneca2018-05-28
  3. "Getting better"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Alderley, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary Good Packages Varied Role Science focused

    Cons

    No career progression Illogical End of year rating system You can feel a cog in a machine Tough working with a fragmented organisation split across sites due to Cambridge Move

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    AstraZeneca2017-03-16
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Principal Scientist"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    CEO has brought in a change in thinking with a strong focus on following the science. Employees at all levels are encouraged to be "leaders" and so feel empowered to make informed decisions without the need for constant approval. Plenty of development opportunities, good pay, bonuses and share options. Company now on upward trajectory with exciting pipeline especially in oncology so can look forward to a bright future.

    Cons

    Badly under-resourced in R&D so expect long hours and plenty of stress.

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    AstraZeneca2015-12-28
  5. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities and responsibilities Good work life balance Availability to explore areas outside of your experience

    Cons

    Promotions might be slow as it is a flat structure

    AstraZeneca2020-01-03
  6. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Gothenburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great scientific discussions, great community, carrying colleagues, great health benefits, great food, great vacations. People stay long in the company.

    Cons

    Slow development with respect to career opportunities. Freshly introduced Salary and bonus system based on 360 review, where your salary is dependent on your colleagues salary and review, with a maximum number of people getting the same grade, tend to have a negative impact on team spirit when time for end term reviews. Great opportunity for alternation of work tasks through secondments.

    AstraZeneca2019-08-22
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Principle Scientist-Medicinal Chemistry"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Gothenburg
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open work environment, chance to explore many different sides of the business, employee engagement often high

    Cons

    company uninterested in promoting people based on performance (many employees are the in same role of decades), responsibilities well outstrip remuneration, pay low on global scale. a minority of the company drives most of the work.

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    AstraZeneca2018-02-28
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    "Associate Principal Scientist"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Gothenburg
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Nice environment, not a lot of pressure, good life-work balance, managers stay out of your way as long as you do your job well

    Cons

    Too much politics. Not a clear science ladder. Promoting mainly women to reach a 50% equality (which makes it very discriminating). Too many people with fuzzy objectives like "improving culture"

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    AstraZeneca2017-12-05
  9. "Working as a scientist for a global pharmaceutical company in Sweden"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Gothenburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I work as a PhD experimental scientist in a biology department at the very start of the drug discovery and development process. The work is varied and the experimental questions are very interesting. There is reasonable access to high-end equipment, The staff is very global and the working language is english. There are currnetly, good opportunities for publishing, if you regard that as a plus.

    Cons

    The work is very intense, with little opportunity for internal promotion and very little talent management. The working environment is uninspiring. IT support is extremely ineffective for work that requires more complex computational resources.

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    AstraZeneca2016-11-25
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Company in flux"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent science Good colleagues Good work life balance The CEO Soriot is slowly turning the ship around

    Cons

    Middle management not in touch with levels above or below Slow decision making Cutting staff and research sites year on year Exiting major disease areas year on year Medimmune acquisition not paying off Horrible IT system for scientists

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    AstraZeneca2014-10-04
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