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AstraZeneca Director Reviews

Updated 11 Mar 2019

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AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
53 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "On a roll - great culture - great science starting to deliver"

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    Current Employee - Digital Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great, informal, inclusive and passionate. A clear consistent vision and strategy. Furthermore, amazing science is starting to deliver truly groundbreaking medicines.

    Cons

    Because the company is just returning to growth, resourcing is tight so we need to put in the hours!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, recognise that people are working hard for the company.

    AstraZeneca2018-10-19
  2. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - PMO Director in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    demonstrable strategy and growth, challenging and exciting new environment, lots of energy, great salaries, passionate people and changing lives

    Cons

    a lot of change has occurred in the last 5 years, some continuity of culture has been lost and executives keep changing

    AstraZeneca2019-03-11
  3. "Fantastic opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Director in Alderley, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Development, Global experience, great people, interesting place to work

    Cons

    Layers of governance slows down decision making

    AstraZeneca2019-02-25
  4. "Big pharma with all its pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Global Medical Affairs Associate Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big Company that allows to develop professionalism if one learns how to navigate through its intricate political environment

    Cons

    Too many layers of management dilute accountability and slow down the decision making process. Corporate politics disrupt and efficient and evidence-based decision making

    AstraZeneca2019-01-19
  5. "Great collaborative culture"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Director 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

    Flexible working, challenging work, great work environment

    Cons

    Lack of structure and organisation. Immature in many core processes

    AstraZeneca2018-09-26
  6. "Excellent place to make your mark and make a mark on society"

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

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

    Pros

    - Lots of smart people. Plenty of opportunity - Company is going place - Executive leadership and strategy is confident and compelling. Execution is delivering results - huge turnaround from 5 years ago - Suits entrepreneurial, pro-active people. I've never seen anyone told to stop progressing what seems like a decent idea...

    Cons

    - People say that decision making is slow compared to some other pharmas - not sure I entirely agree. - There are still levels of complexity associated with the legacy of not integrating acquisitions from 5+ years ago, and allowing business areas too much indepdence

    AstraZeneca2018-08-06
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits package and people, frustrating work environment"

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    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 for 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...

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    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...

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    AstraZeneca2017-11-17
  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Luton, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Patient centric, good rates of pay

    Cons

    No structure - fragmented and no frameworks

    Advice to Management

    Poor leadership in HR

    AstraZeneca2017-11-06
  9. Helpful (1)

    "no comments"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for 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).

    AstraZeneca2017-06-08
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Full time employee"

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    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 for 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,

    AstraZeneca2017-03-21
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