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AstraZeneca Boston Reviews

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Boston, MA (US)

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 45 reviews)

  • Senior management have a lack of interest and empathy for individuals (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "AstraZeneca"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great placed to work (US based) pay is good and benefits are equal to most..
    The culture and the people make all the difference. Work life balance is fair.
    Sr. management has a distinct plan.

    Cons

    No serious cons. they expect a good days work for a good days pay. be committed to doing your job well, and the patient.

    Advice to Management

    Sr. management has a definite plan for the organization, however this is not always easy to embrace as a single employee. employee development could be handled better.


  2. "AstraZeneca is a good place to advance as manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good core values, generally good opportunities for career development, decent compensation, generally OK benefits, good colleagues, potential for growth, recently improved project portfolio

    Cons

    Currently the only real chance for career advancement is in managerial positions, scientific ladder is very much unappreciated and can only lead to limited advancement. This is a problem for the company as best and most ambitious scientists are incentivized to leave the bench and move into management

    Advice to Management

    I would pay more attention to career possibilities within scientific ladder, a brilliant but also ambitious scientist should not feel that becoming a line manager is the only safe option for career and pay-grade advancement.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "AstraZeneca"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good science, well-equipped, good co-workers

    Cons

    micro-managed, knee-jerk, silo, unclear objectives


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, good wages, friendly people

    Cons

    restructuring, no accountability for people, lazy work force

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Brief"

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    Former Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional, stimulating, collegial, ethical, dynamic, developmental. Top shelf pharmaceutical company that although owned overseas still has the autonomy to make local decisions.

    Cons

    Very competitive atmosphere that encourages regular culling of bottom tier performers regardless of whether the yard meeting minimal performance standards or not.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employee oriented work environment, great benefits, positive culture focused on continuous improvement, real belief in helping patients, excellent business communication

    Cons

    Complexity arising from being a large organization, needs improvement in strategic planning, sometimes a disconnect between corporate and site groups

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep the focus on the science, the patients, and the employees. Focus surveys and opportunities to provide feedback are helpful. Look at employee development throughout the organization.


  8. "So far so good-ish"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of collaborations available with academia as well as other labs around the world.

    Cons

    It's a new effort so its like building a lab from the ground up


  9. Helpful (1)

    "a company looking to redefine its direction"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    this was an interesting work environment but the goals were always changing. The people were great, very dedicated, and committed to making things work.

    Cons

    The direction of the company was never clear. There was a lot of change at the senior management level resulting in shifting policies and seemingly constant downsizing. Everything has a process or it doesn't exist.

    Advice to Management

    There is a need to refocus and communicate the direction of the company.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be great, now poor"

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA (US)
    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Anything for a shiny new penny"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, but that about it.

    Cons

    Weak management, definitely on the decline and looking hard to save money wherever they can. No pride in the work, just a paycheck mentality.

    Advice to Management

    No one believes you anymore.


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