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AstraZeneca Gaithersburg Reviews

Updated 3 October 2017
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Gaithersburg, MD (US)

3.3
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 40 reviews)

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

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  1. "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.


  2. "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


  3. 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


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  5. 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.


  6. "Business Insights"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Leader in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Leader in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, passionate, trying to do the right things to move the business. Many show an urgency to improve the business.

    Cons

    Management can often flip flop and have a hard time making strategic direction decisions. Training and development while better, people still often do their own thing so a lack of consistency in approach and output, which sometimes ignored or missed best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear in directions and priorities, you can do it all and hedge all the bets you do have to make decisions and clearly communicate the reasons to employees. Continue to increase training and development, different ways of doing things is great when people all understand a standard operating procedure, but more need to understand best practices in marketing.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good learning experience but currently feels unstable"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Development Manager in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Development Manager in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary; large company with many opportunities for changing career path, department, or location; nice campus with great facilities (fitness center, cafe).

    Cons

    Numerous reorganizations resulting in layoffs over the last 10 years; lack of consistent long-term strategy; political/bureaucratic environment; lack of work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Constant reorganizations are resulting in top talent leaving the organization and demotivation of the remaining employees


  8. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Offers very affordable Medical benefits

    Cons

    Understaffed, with no clarity on direction, constant changes in directions depending on who is at the reign


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Very political environment that favors an old school way of doing things, rather than by fairness or principal"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is above average, excellent benefits, flexible work schedules

    Cons

    Highly political environment where senior management cares more about their titles and positions and promoting their own agendas rather than doing things by fairness, meritocracy, and principle. Lots of passive-aggressive game-playing taking place in a subdued, passive culture that masquerades around as being "entrepreneurial" that really translates to people (especially upper management) paying superficial lip service to heavily voiced concerns and not taking REAL accountability. Not the best place for a young woman in the IT fields - younger and older men will constantly talk over you in meetings and bully you in many different, subtle ways, make fun of you, and laugh at you to make you feel like you are less of a person. Lots of negative trash talking about people behind their backs. A very shady place indeed with a lot of smoke and mirrors.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a structured training program for young scientists just entering the industry; get rid of old men who bully young women in the company


  10. Helpful (1)

    "IT Culture"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits very good. Work facilities and technology are better than most. Outside of IT the company strategy and leadership is exceptional.

    Cons

    Work life balance, poor management structure, inability to effect changes, off shore support model inadequate and accounts for overall poor IT support.


  11. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's all about the people. They are all willing to work together and are genuinely exited about new perspectives and new ideas.

    Cons

    There are bad apples everywhere, and it's no different here, but the bad apples in AZ would likely seem like the good apples in other companies in the industry.


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