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AstraZeneca Cambridge Reviews

Updated 8 July 2018
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Cambridge, East of England, England

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • "Negatively affects work life balance" (in 50 reviews)

  • "Sometimes decision making is slow and bureaucratic, tendency to revisit decisions; Sometimes discard the old in favor of the new too soon" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is above Cambridge averages. Good culture and lots of potential for career development. Excellent first experience at working for a FTSE 100 company.

    Cons

    There can be a face-time culture in some areas. Some people are permitted to under perform and no action appears to be taken, this is most clearly present with some IT contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Threats to AZ's long term sustainability may come from some unconventional places. To protect against these threats you will need to improve the quality of your recruits, and broaden the horizon of your threat analysis. Become intentional about encouraging flexible working arrangements.


  2. "Senior Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere, work–life balance, company culture.

    Cons

    Great first job but I did not feel interlectually challenged. Company tends to hire highly educated people with PhDs and Postdoc experience to do routine lab work.

    In addition, the salary is quite low and living costs in Cambridge are high, so the whole package did not match up for me.

    Overcrowded office space and very little investment in actual research.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk.

  3. "Service Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lot of things to learn

    Cons

    Employees are not very professional


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not such a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline, number of product launches and a company turning around.
    Flexible benefits is ok.

    Cons

    Your experience in AZ will largely depend purely on the department you are in. I have heard some people very positive about the opportunities and development. For me personally, I would say the company talks the talk, but does not walk the walk.
    I have had managers say to me "You cant apply for a new role in the first 12 months"... What they dont say of course that this is true - until they need you to move earlier, then they will move you in the first few months no problem.
    The worst experience I have had around career development is when a manager said "It is unrealistic to expect a career development conversation in the first 12 months". Remember that tag line when you come in for interview... AZ want to play to win - but not for yourself.
    There are also a large number of roles where no career development can be given. There are huge blockers in the organisation for a number of people (unable to be promoted becuase their boss is more than one job grade above them), and the company is not honest with people coming in to work if they are in a role that is "isolated".
    Finally there are a number of roles - created for the organisation as "individual contributor roles", where no thought has been given to a career beyond the role.

    Advice to Management

    They need to up their game for the next generation of workforce coming into the workplace. Career development should start from day one, not after year one / 18 months.
    Rather than "talking the talk" when it comes to ambition and "playing to win", AZ should "walk the walk" and provide opportunities across the business - not just to a privileged few you have a good manager. Play to win should also be about yourself as well as the company - not the company only.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Good benefits
    Enjoyable work

    Cons

    Current (temporary) facilities
    Increasing workload demands
    Lack of career prospects


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Comprehensive training
    Excellent salary
    Feeling as though you are making a difference in the world

    Cons

    Hot desking can be frustrating as can finding available meeting rooms. The opening of the new building in 2018 should help resolve this.


  7. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking and progressive company

    Cons

    In the middle of transition

  8. "Manager - GA&I"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility in job opportunities globally

    Cons

    Its a political business environment


  9. "Great benefits package and people, frustrating work environment"

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    Current Employee - Finance Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package on top of basic salary.
    Lots of good people trying hard to do the best they can to contribute to company targets.
    Pleasant work environment (in some buildings) and efforts being made on new surroundings.

    Cons

    Very little autonomy to make changes or get things done.
    Too much faceless back office and going around in circles with queries or issues.
    Morale is very low in some areas due to restructures and excessive workload.
    Top management doesn't care about individuals and is very insensitive about impact of restructuring changes made.
    HR effort is all focused on hiring and onboarding, there is very little support as an employee or people manager once in the company, as there are not enough HR business partners.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult decisions always need to be made in business, so please approach them with sensitivity and empathy where people's lives are concerned. Hire people at the top with better people skills to help if needed!
    Outsourcing and centralising services in low cost areas is not always the answer. It may save money on the surface, but lots of people internally are running around trying to fix things and wasting time which could be much better spent.


  10. "placement student"

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    Former Intern - Industrial Placement Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Intern - Industrial Placement Student in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open and diverse environment, friendly staff, focus on providing the right medicine

    Cons

    would have like to progressed further with my project


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