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AstraZeneca Cambridge Reviews

Updated 4 January 2018
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Cambridge, East of England, England

3.8
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 45 reviews)

  • Senior management often out of office due to multiple sites making access to them difficult (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent place to work"

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    • 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.


  2. "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


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. "Science Director"

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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

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

    Pros

    Large breadth of activities and opportunities

    Cons

    In the middle of relocalisation of R&D

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop employees


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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,


  9. "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


  10. "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).


  11. "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


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