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AstraZeneca Gaithersburg Reviews

Updated 16 May 2018
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Gaithersburg, MD (US)

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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. "Great group"

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great leadership, great opportunities for growth, focus on science and innovation and pushing the envelope

    Cons

    The group has become more nimble over the past 4-5 years, however more could be done to reduce the bureaucracy.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible work environment, cut throat and uninspiring."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job provides a steady paycheck.

    Cons

    Tedious repetitive processes that are constantly changing and re-organization. . Chronic understaffing and high turnover. Nothing done to retain employees. Benefits continually being cut.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better. Don’t cut benefits and compensation. Don’t revise your ratings system every year so that employees work harder but get worse ratings and less compensation. Stop trying to save money by outsourcing to countries with low wages, in the long run it’s more costly.

  3. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To work with scientific group is more advance

    Cons

    Short term job opportunity, need to work for long term

    Advice to Management

    good


  4. "Company Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline. Focus on Immuno-Oncology. Good management.

    Cons

    It is big pharma with early state with MedImmune and late stage with AZ. Usually there is tension as both parts are still kept separate.


  5. "Solution delivery lead"

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    Current Employee - Solution Delivery Lead in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Solution Delivery Lead in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Great place to work

    Cons

    Too many reorganization and caused uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Too much uncertainty


  6. "Watch out the work-life balance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Bio Statistician in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Bio Statistician in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401K, good career opportunity as 1 of the top pharma

    Cons

    Very bad work-life balance as I observed. Everyone is multitasking with ridiculous timelines. They DO expect you to work during weekends and even till early morning!!

    Advice to Management

    Monitor the workload - if impossible to complete the work in 8 business hours, hire more people!


  7. "IT Director"

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Former Employee - IT Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for. Great experience!

    Cons

    Some divisions are not open to develop employees for other roles.

  8. "CDS, USPI, SmPC labeling lead"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director Labeling Strategy in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director Labeling Strategy in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility with working remotely, autonomy depending on management

    Cons

    transparency lacking with upper management, new employee training is lacking


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Big pharma"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, 401k, bonus, benefits are pretty good, open work space, flexible hrs, working from home is allowed sometimes, travel occasionally

    Cons

    Constantly changing operating environment, work all hours of the day due to international footprint. Employee services are outsourced. Very high pressure

    Advice to Management

    Reduce pressure


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Stay away from BSO group."

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Administrator in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company, nice people to work for.

    Cons

    Always some rotten apples in management with too much politics. Performance reviews make no sense for non managers. Company going through some troubles with every year restructure.

    Advice to Management

    Do your job and reward people that really work, even if you don't like them.


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