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AstraZeneca Cambridge Reviews

Updated 10 July 2017
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Cambridge, East of England, England

3.3
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 42 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good leadership, too many changes"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very science oriented company, strong corporate culture, inspiring leadership.
    A great improvement to 4-5 years ago

    Cons

    Sometimes, too many changes at the same time. Requires a lot of stamina, flexibility to adapt

    Advice to Management

    Caring and planning


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    "Worth the money?"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, surroundings, colleagues, interesting

    Cons

    Bullying, blame culture, too IT reliant,


  3. "no comments"

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    Former Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a nice company culture and friendly environment overall, but too many and too frequent restructuring, most of which without clear purpose in long term perspective.

    Cons

    No carrier progression but rather increasing overload and deteriorating work-life balance. Becoming more dysfunctional within time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep checking and reminding yourself whyare you there and what are your main motivation drivers. Try to be honest (at least with yourselves).


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  5. "Great organisation - constant pace of change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to step up and make a difference & Pace of change
    Open culture
    Great working environment - new locations and fit out of old ones
    Commitment to improving technology
    Clear mission and focus

    Cons

    Technology/systems challenges - huge and clumbersome, at times although known issues
    Super-admin heavy - lots of systems to cut through
    Can be political - although getting better

    Advice to Management

    Continue with change and simplification programmes, but also challenge the non-adopters to move forward


  6. "An average 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pipeline, mostly good people to work with, pension plan, stock options, 401K match, flexible work environment

    Cons

    communication, career growth, insufficient cross functional support

    Advice to Management

    Keep the talent, communicate better


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    "Full time employee"

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    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Director 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

    Great R&D history. Promising pipeline.
    Seems the people are competent but they are not always placed on environments where they can perform

    Cons

    Highly political and fragmented, leading to the status of non-performing or dysfunctional teams.
    Talent management and promotion are not always co ducted in a fair way.

    Advice to Management

    May need some structural changes in some areas. Need to improve leadership of many middle-senior management,


  8. "Excellent support and development"

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    Former Intern - Science Communications in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Intern - Science Communications in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very competitive salary with fantastic amenities (shuttle buses, bicycle scheme, onsite services like dry cleaning). Lovely buildings with transport links between all.

    Extensive training and milestones to ensure on track development and exposure to variety of disciplines.

    Cons

    Everyone is very busy and meetings do get changed at last minute frequently. Senior management often out of office due to multiple sites making access to them difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Once the new building is occupied it might not be so much of an issue, but I rarely ever saw senior management in the building.


  9. "Global Marketing Director, launching new cardiovascular drug"

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    Current Employee - Global Marketing Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Director 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

    Great product and opportunity to help prevent morbidity and mortality of patients with CV disease. Company infrastructure us improving but a long way to go. Need better focus.

    Cons

    Politics getting in the way of launch plans. Company hires people with expertise, and then Senior Managers who have no experience in the disease area but have longevity start to interfere and try and control the approach in the wrong way.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the experts you hire to get on with the job and prevent opportunistic egoists from interfering


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Chief of Staff in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Chief of Staff 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

    One of the best pipelines in the industry, vision to move to Cambridge with world-class sites around the globe
    Very collaborative and open to innovation

    Cons

    Many locations in Cambridge, traffic makes travelling between them a challenge but the new site will open soon


  11. "Astrazeneca in Cambridge"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice vibrant culture and cool science

    Cons

    Temporary buildings lack space and facilities


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