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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. "AZ Cheshire"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Remuneration, compensation and
    Benefits package competitive. All working environments were good for delivery and the quality of technical staff was good.

    Cons

    Constant strategy changes made operational activities difficult and the hierarchical structure in parts of the organization made decision making slow.

    Advice to Management

    Change in culture to speed up decision making and change. Allow the high quality staff the space and autonomy to deliver change.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Insane workload"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Macclesfield, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very delivery oriented which is good.

    Cons

    Double IT delivery for half cost, the strain and pressure is unbelievable. Unforgiving leaders. Makes life miserable, impacts sleep, impacts family. Unrelenting. 60-80 hour works are punishing.

    Advice to Management

    The current pace of delivery is unsustainable, what will break is the people trying to deliver.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Alderley Park, England
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Alderley Park, England
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lovely people, some good managers, good work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted internally, too many organisational changes

    Advice to Management

    Stop reorganising departments every 2 years, you don't see the benefits then. Have a long term plan and stick to it...


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  5. "Best job I've had"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture. Supportive but laid back management. Interesting challenging projects to work on. Flexible working hours. I was a contractor and the pay was very good.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind. No issues.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Contractor - Associate Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Contractor - Associate Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great environment and culture at the philadelphia AZ/Media site. Management are nice and you interact with the site leadership team. It is cozy and people tend to want to help you if you show you want to be there.

    Cons

    Since you are a contractor with entry level experience there isn't a lot of opportunities to be a fulltime.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for the entry level guys. Head count should not be reduced at the entry level but rather at the management level.


  7. "Business Partner"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Zoetermeer (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Zoetermeer (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good spirit
    - Good secondary work conditions
    - Freedom
    - Good environment for an generalist
    - Professional environment

    Cons

    - Vision / Strategy
    - Pipeline
    - Work/Life balance to much focused on work


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Serious Questions About Direction"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Waltham, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people at the grass roots level. The pay is still very good. There will be growth opportunities at the core sites as other sites shut down.

    Cons

    Questionable direction from senior leaders; a high risk strategy with changes to sites. Morale is generally low even for people who have survived site closures because they know they could be next.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "An unpleasant experience amidst a culture of fear"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, onsite hair salon, store & gym--that's about it.

    Cons

    Pretty much all else; a once great workplace brought to its knees by the ill-fated merger with Astra; continuous reorganization, Byzantine layers of bureaucracy, nonsensical cost-cutting (to the point of workers' having to scrounge for basic office supplies, no $ for professional development of any kind, virtually all business travel cut for anyone outside of upper, upper management), leaders who are blatant in their disregard for employees, promotions doled out to the undeserving, constant shuffling of employees from building to building (8 different offices/cubes in 10 years), the worst IT department in the business, outsourcing of major functions, an essentially worthless HR department, no pipeline to speak of (and horrible mishandling of existing products by ineffective marketing staff), no opportunity for advancement, a pervasively toxic culture with fearful, unhappy employees, a horrible cafeteria with surly staff, bad food, and cheesy cutlery and napkins

    Advice to Management

    At least try to pretend you care about those who work for you


  10. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Wok environment ,good pay and compensation

    Cons

    outsourcing the job to vendors

    Advice to Management

    Good job


  11. "Great learning around best management practices and systems"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better work life balance and healthy work environment

    Cons

    Company is more RISK averse.

    Advice to Management

    RISK appetite to be improved