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AstraZeneca Director Reviews

Updated 29 November 2017
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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. "Great employer where I've had the opportunity to perform several different roles."

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    Former Employee - Alliance Director in Alderley Park, England
    Former Employee - Alliance Director in Alderley Park, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent employer with well-enforced code of conduct, strong collaborative culture, a focus on entrepreneurial leadership, and clear vision and strategy.

    Cons

    Recent changes to geographic footprint has resulted in a lot of disruption and the loss of a lot of talented individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on work done connecting and integrating different parts of the business.


  2. "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.


  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Luton, East of England, England
    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 (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


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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).


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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,


  7. "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


  8. "HR Director"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pipeline. Strong Leadership. Global reach in both primary and secondary care.

    Cons

    Complexity requires strong cross functional collaboration which is an ongoing challenge.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for but going through a lot of turbulence."

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Macclesfield, England
    Former Employee - IT Director in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    strong focus on science and getting drugs to market. New exciting projects

    Cons

    Too much change. Everyone thinking of their future. No clarity on jobs and sites.

    Advice to Management

    Move fast but take ur employees with you.


  10. "Programme Director"

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    Former Contractor - Programmer Director in Manchester, England
    Former Contractor - Programmer Director in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good environment and treatment of people
    Ethical approach
    Valuable contribution to society - medicines

    Cons

    Can be slow to get things done - more supertanker than speedboat
    Bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Be more agile in decision making process and believe in empowerment principles


  11. "Exemplary"

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    Former Employee - Global Pricing Market Access Director in Paddington, England
    Former Employee - Global Pricing Market Access Director in Paddington, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work you only realise this one you move on

    Cons

    Line manager can be the difference between success and failure

    Advice to Management

    Be careful not to throw away what you do well, great culture is critical