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AstraZeneca Manchester Reviews

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Manchester, England

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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 42 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive and stimulating work environment, working with intelligent people to make a massive difference

    Cons

    massive, complex, global organisation can be a challenge to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Keep on communicating


  2. "Medical Science Liaison"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline, focused in cv/met, oncology and respiratory

    Cons

    Too big, role can get lost

    Advice to Management

    Keep Msl teams smaller


  3. "Supply Cahin Planning Partner"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Supply Cahin Planning Partner in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Supply Cahin Planning Partner in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Place to Work; great opportunities and career paths.

    Cons

    Different functions are often working disjointly.


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  5. "Programme Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Industry Student"

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    Former Employee - Industry Placement Student In CIRA in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Industry Placement Student In CIRA in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The company has great resources and study materials.
    -There are many courses and seminar to extend your knowledge.
    - The general impression I got from my peers is quite positive.

    Cons

    - I was placed in a reasonably competitive department and my supervisor was not helpful at all.
    -When there is bully behaviour from their permanent staff, my boss took their side without listening to my side of the story.
    - There is no support system for the industry students to review our department and supervisions.
    - The temp agency was dealing with our payment weekly and they frequently make mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    I hope there will be an anonymous reviewing systems so that the students are able to rate our supervisions. I think this system can also help the management team to improve their weakness.


  7. "AZ"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Physician in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Research Physician in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good career prospects, good benefits

    Cons

    Bureaucratic culture. Persistent company reorgs


  8. "Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Support to Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

    Cons

    Changes in supply base new products


  9. Helpful (1)

    "blue chip company fails to deliver - no longer a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Production Manager in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    relative employment security , money is being invested in new production buildings,
    Potentially very good career prospects if you are of graduate caliber.
    very good gym and social section.
    the company has a very good reputation especially within the Macclesfield area as it is a major employer for the area.

    Cons

    High pressure in the manufacturing departments to hit targets, the company let far to many people leave on voluntary redundancy and have been paying the price for it.
    No real career prospects are available for the shop floor operators to progress - no succession planning is in place.
    poor reward system currently being used where any bonus or salary increase is approved by your manager who if you have a poor relationship with them have the final say in your reward so you will never receive a fare reward package.

    Advice to Management

    start acting like managers and treat people as individuals that you have actually taken some time to get to know, stop following the company print literally on everything - THEY ARE GUIDELINES - try doing what your title says and MANAGE.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "In flux"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Researcher in Manchester, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good science is being done. Some departments do well.

    Cons

    Future direction is shareholder-driven. Wasting money on a prestigious move to Cambridge, UK that will presumably save the future of AZ. Some departments have been subject to change year on year - no wonder they do badly.

    Advice to Management

    The money spent on moving to Cambridge would be better spent on progressing what is good than wanton disruption of what is supposedly bad.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Tough times ahead for AZ"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the whole some nice, friednly people

    Cons

    Seemed like job cuts every week


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