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AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative Reviews

Updated 27 June 2018
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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. Helpful (1)

    "So disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Brisbane (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wage
    Car allowance
    Company has loads of money
    Lots of conferences-if u like that kind of thing

    Cons

    Bulling. Lack of transparency, despite claiming to be transparent, wage gap very evident. Management bias. Misogynistic managers, male and female. Very alcohol focused. Lack of support.

    Advice to Management

    Close the wage gap. Believe your whistle blowers.


  2. "Pharmaceutical Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Harrisburg, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Harrisburg, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Great company to work for. They care about their employees and their development.
    Company care provided
    Salary is fair

    Cons

    High turnover of management
    Difficult to get promoted

  3. "Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, decent pay, benefits. Managers are mostly easy going and goals are realistic. Culture is professional and productive, training processes are very thorough.

    Cons

    Promotional process is difficult and was changed to avoid promoting too many employees. Company also promotes the wrong people. Politics and numbers take over and good talent gets overlooked often.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Culture continues to decline"

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    Current Employee - Senior Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Savannah, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Savannah, GA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good manager, good teammates, good benefits, decent pay, decent PTO, territory size is manageable, company car, cell phone paid, gas, insurance, maintenance all paid for.

    Cons

    Nearly impossible for salespeople to promote to higher levels within the company (career ladder, oncology, biologics). Company does not value internal promotion whatsoever and they would rather hire externally. Sales goals are nearly impossible to achieve, and sales leadership does not seem to care at all about motivating the sales force. There is next to NO recognition or reward for salespeople. They won’t promote salespeople internally, but the same sales leadership people keep getting promoted, despite them making extremely poor decisions that negatively affect sales. They always blame the salespeople for bad sales but never take any accountability themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house with sales leadership - the sales culture is terrible! Start valuing the employees you have, and make them feel like you care about their loyalty and the contributions they make. You can’t expect salespeople to be motivated when no motivation is given!


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good if you don't get laid off"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Birmingham, AL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team. Good benefits. Good training.

    Cons

    Industry not secure. Had consistently high sales numbers and awards that is not considered at lay off time. Some of the highest sales contributors of the company got laid off across the country and other low producers were kept in their territory. Seems like a lack of common sense when choosing who to keep and who to lay off.

    Advice to Management

    If I were running a company, it would be obvious to me to keep those with consistently good sales numbers and let go the ones who struggled with sales in their territories. Instead of laying off by computer or metrics put the common sense human factor back in - it would save your business and your reputation.


  6. "Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Kansas City, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Kansas City, KS (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits good. Ride days are a check the box event. If you are willing to network hard and step on others to climb the ladder to a new title you will go far.

    Cons

    Management is hands off until upper management creates a panic. Intelligent managers are far and few between. Management turn over is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Polish your resumes. The real world is coming for you soon.


  7. "Great company for entry level sales reps"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Representative in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good training structure for industry newbies. Some great products to sell especially to the GP customer pool. Internal promotions are commonplace if you fit the AZ mould.

    Cons

    Currently in a revenue dip, with growth set to return in next 3-5 years. Poor bonus structure, with ever moving goal posts. High staff turnover often due to poor employee management.

    Advice to Management

    High staff turnover is an expensive issue. Consider why employees who are good at their job want to leave so early in their AZ career.

  8. "Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Las Vegas, NV (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Promising pipeline, corporate culture, advancement opportunities, good training programs, great place to work.

    Cons

    Restructures in past years and currently

    Advice to Management

    Open communication.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pharmaceutical Sales"

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    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, small territories, non pod environment, fair, no quarterly or annual meetings, manager is great

    Cons

    Gong through a few rough years, blockbusters going generic, car choices are terrible, below avg pay for talent

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, career advancement is non existent, poor company car choices


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be better"

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Patient focuses company with some good upper management but falling victims to weak pipeline
    Good salary and has good benefits

    Cons

    Some micromanagement and unrealistic execution expectations. They are not in good synchronization with field based job

    Advice to Management

    Keep a better touch what is appending on the field and their struggles with an ever changing culture of formulary restrictions and access issues