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Updated 21 September 2018
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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 184 reviews)

  • "great culture, good benefits, and reasonable territory size" (in 96 reviews)

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

  • "Rigorous governance but leads to slow decision making" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "Lead Microbiologist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, cooperation, collaborative efforts, focused goals, great transparency and communication, ability to develop and work cross-functionally for personal and peer development.

    Cons

    The amazing culture did not begin to maturate until the most recent decade which caused for the facility to became outdated over the years to the point where bringing in new products/technologies was not cost beneficial thus causing the site to close (among other business reasons).

    Advice to Management

    Keep fostering that incredible culture of employee empowerment and focused customer service and cross-functional collaboration with a common goal in any future endeavors so that the industry continues to grow and exponentially efficient rates as witnessed in over a decade at AZ.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Very impressed with this Company"

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    Current Employee - Director Group Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Director Group Manager 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

    AstraZeneca is the one company I have worked for over the last 20+ years where the Core Values are actually adhered to. New promising drugs are being discovered very frequently. There are hundreds of development projects. AZ really does follow the Science. There are so many opportunities to shine here!!

    Cons

    No Cons that I can see.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going! Continue to inspire!

  3. "Secrets"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Probably a good company to work for

    Cons

    The place where their scientists tell all. I know all the projects that they are working on and i dont even work there. Great for their competitor's :)

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your scientists


  4. "Great Location"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance was good. Could work from home frequently (due to team I worked in). Nice Restaurant and peaceful location on a lake.

    Cons

    So difficult to get any formal training approved. Lots of difficult personalities to work with.


  5. "Recruitment Lead"

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    Current Employee - Head of Recruiting in Warrington, North West England, England
    Current Employee - Head of Recruiting in Warrington, North West England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic offices, facilities, flexible working and so many like minded people who are passionate about what they do. Truly global business with vast opportunities to grow and develop

    Cons

    a lot of change doesn't suit everyone- the environment is fast paced so you have to be ready make a change and have an impact


  6. "Senior tech lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    Pros

    free transport and meals for all employee

    Cons

    no concern, very employee friendly complany


  7. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work life balance, really great team (I work in IT), best employer in Cambridge, lots of opportunities for training and development, feel valued, would not want to work for another employer in Cambridge.

    Cons

    None really except commuting for some as in Cambridge (one of the offices is central) and Cambridge can be expensive but lots of transport options so not really a con. No other cons.

  8. "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!


  9. "Excellent place to make your mark and make a mark on society"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - IT Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of smart people. Plenty of opportunity
    - Company is going place - Executive leadership and strategy is confident and compelling. Execution is delivering results - huge turnaround from 5 years ago
    - Suits entrepreneurial, pro-active people. I've never seen anyone told to stop progressing what seems like a decent idea...

    Cons

    - People say that decision making is slow compared to some other pharmas - not sure I entirely agree.
    - There are still levels of complexity associated with the legacy of not integrating acquisitions from 5+ years ago, and allowing business areas too much indepdence


  10. "So many global career opportunities within one Company"

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

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

    Pros

    AstraZeneca has a global footprint and many different functional groups. Once you are part of the Company you can, if you choose to, develop your career in so many diverse ways, or seek opportunities in a different part of the world - it is just up to you to make it happen.

    Cons

    We are in a rapidly changing environment - it can be unsettling at times as there are quite frequent internal re-organisations - all for good reasons but you need to be adaptable.

    Advice to Management

    Staying close to the core Company values is a true benefit for the AZ culture - let's keep up the momentum.


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