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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 18 January 2019
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • "Negatively affects work life balance" (in 57 reviews)

  • "Rigorous governance but leads to slow decision making" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits and perks, we have a very nice facility with awesome services, the company spends so much on employees in training and development.

    Probably the most important to me is Diversity and Inclusion, making AZ a safe place out of discrimination in any sense and you can bring yourself to work everyday.

    Cons

    Work is very fast paced and some seasons it's hard to have a work-life balance. It's normal anywhere I guess...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A fantastic place to work for driven people"

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    Current Employee - Business Strategy & Portfolio Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Business Strategy & Portfolio Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good reward system, strong opportunities to develop, change to work with some top-in-field colleagues. Mobile working is great for work/life balance. Excellent mentorship opportunities.

    Cons

    Not a good place to coast as you will be challenged. Lack of investment into project management and IT systems can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Management of assignment and capacity can be short sighted at times - could we invest more in our technologies to forecast/plan better.

  3. "Big pharma with all its pros and cons"

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    Current Employee - Global Medical Affairs Associate Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Global Medical Affairs Associate Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big Company that allows to develop professionalism if one learns how to navigate through its intricate political environment

    Cons

    Too many layers of management dilute accountability and slow down the decision making process. Corporate politics disrupt and efficient and evidence-based decision making


  4. "HR Apprentice"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Apprentice in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Apprentice in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast pace
    Supportive Environment
    Investment in you and your personal development
    Good benefits
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Have to be resilient


  5. "Great culture, great purpose and great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Science and Technology focused forward thinking company. Leading edge people and very collaborative.

    Cons

    Still in middle of a major location transformation in UK to Cambridge


  6. "AstraZeneca"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Good Company, as there are Pros only

    Cons

    There are no cons as of now

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Operations Graduate
    Current Employee - Operations Graduate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for progression, nice staff...

    Cons

    Working hours are a bit too long

  8. "Innovative, science-led pharmaceutical organisation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality science drives all activities, which, coupled with the collaborative and friendly working environment makes AstraZeneca a great place to work

    Cons

    Some inefficiencies are apparent due the size of the company and location of different functions across different locations


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing - lost potential"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Opportunity to work cross-functionally on projects
    Opportunity to work globally

    Cons

    Incompetent middle management
    Appalling support for employees (HR, OT, benefits system instead of higher pay and pension contributions)
    Lots of unnecessary governance and committees leading to slow development
    Slow progress in non-scientific respects
    Presentee-ism culture leads to poor work/life balance
    Disparate team across sites, no sense of centre or belonging

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - develop and promote from within
    Create a truly transparent work place - end the bullying culture
    Get rid of hot-desking and co-locate your employees properly


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management but good work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Information Specialist
    Current Employee - Information Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Appalling and incompetent management. Leaders lack strategic visions which makes the department and the job itself pointless, unnecessary and its existence almost can't be justified.