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AstraZeneca Macclesfield Reviews

Updated 8 August 2018
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Macclesfield, England

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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Pros
  • "An exciting scientific atmosphere coupled with good work life balance" (in 180 reviews)

  • "great culture, good benefits, and reasonable territory size" (in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • "Negatively affects work life balance" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Sometimes decision making is slow and bureaucratic, tendency to revisit decisions; Sometimes discard the old in favor of the new too soon" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An exciting scientific atmosphere coupled with good work life balance. There is a current focus on individual development and plenty of opportunities for secondments.

    Cons

    If you're joining as a new Grad or PhD there are already a lot of talented people in the organisation looking for promotion. Hence promotion could be slower than you expect. There is a gradual trend in outsourcing jobs to Asia, with some functions now at a minimum number of UK roles

    Advice to Management

    Employ more scientists in Europe/USA!


  2. "Pharmaceutical Development"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England

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

    Pros

    Exciting late stage pipeline should lead to a number of new approvals

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move sideways.

  3. "Not for me"

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    Former Contractor - Production Planner in Macclesfield, England
    Former Contractor - Production Planner in Macclesfield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are decent as you would expect for the Pharma industry

    Cons

    Poor management style, shocking work ethic where colleagues are overwhelmed with increasingly burdening workloads and expected to work at night from home to catch up. People are very resistant to change, would suggest that anyone contemplating working here reconsiders their options!

    Advice to Management

    Employ more resource to assist teams with insane workloads, this will guarantee job satisfaction and reduce sickness and absence levels across the board


  4. "Great company for local and global opportunities in Macclesfiled"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and good colleagues, in almost all departments
    Big campus with lots of exciting things going on and great services and canteens etc.
    Lots of exciting opportunities both in global functions for the company as well as for local Macclesfield site specific

    Cons

    Some HR processes are quite lengthy and non-transparent and talent programmes besides any graduate or apprentice programmes are non-existent or just not communicated. I have seen some great talent leave for other companies with more training opportunities.
    Processes are often unbearably complex and require documentation and written approval for almost everything. However, given that it is a pharmaceutical company it is perhaps called for

    Advice to Management

    Increase transparency into the organisation and increase focus on development in terms of training and certifications


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities but higher level management not interested in people"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company and incentive to have the career that you want. If you are interested in moving and trying different roles this is available, but you have to push for it. Good salary and benefits package.

    Cons

    Senior management have a lack of interest and empathy for individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your workforce, they are the key to your ongoing success.


  6. "It's not that bad..."

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent compared to similar jobs.

    Cons

    Lack of progression within QC


  7. "Great while it lasted"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Macclesfield, England
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues, well paid, excellent benefits and working facilities. There were opportunities for development and the interest in working for a global company. They keep you up to date on the company's developments. Contractors treated as well as employed staff (minus benefits).

    Cons

    The constant restructuring and moving/off shoring most of the Cheshire business. Never feel secure in your role and decisions are never justified. The pursuit of cost savings over quality and wisdom of current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and address employees' concerns - don't avoid the questions like politicians. It's really too late to offer advice as you've lost most of your best employees through pointless restructuring.

  8. "Extremely friendly environment to work in"

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    Former Intern - Undergraduate Summer Placement in Macclesfield, England
    Former Intern - Undergraduate Summer Placement in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful friendly colleagues to work with.
    Great company values.
    Experts in all fields available for consultation.
    Opportunities for advancement.
    Health and safety awareness.

    Cons

    Remote location (relative to London).
    Can have issues accessing analytical instruments.
    Dated data acquisition software.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in modern data acquisition software.


  9. "Great Place to Work"

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

    Pros

    The company makes a great effort to engage employees and invest in making it a great place to work. There is a determined focus on following the science to develop new life changing medicines and to put patients first.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change and restructuring with a drive to save money by moving jobs to lower cost parts of the world eg India, Eastern Europe, Far East. Increased job opportunities in those locations are offset by job losses in the more traditional locations where the company has operated, It's sad but inevitable.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain honest and timely communication on the vision for the future of the company to enable employees adversely affected to manage the change.


  10. "A great place to work"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Assistant in Macclesfield, England
    Former Intern - Engineering Assistant in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff are friendly and helpful. Work is challenging at times but very rewarding. Every project you work on is a way of helping people who otherwise would live with terrible disease/illness. Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Sometimes projects demand more of your time than the usual 8 hour day and youbmay he expected to work late, however you can then take off a few hours im the following days to ensure no more than 40 hours are worked per week (on average).

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring university students as this is a positive way to increase employability of people who will have an understanding of how the company operates


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