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Updated 16 July 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "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    The amazing culture did not begin to maturate until the most recent decade which caused for the facility to became outdated over the years to the point where bringing in new products/technologies was not cost beneficial thus causing the site to close (among other business reasons).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 (1)

    "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Very cutting-edge research has a far-reaching impact.

    Cons

    No obvious cons at the moment. I really enjoy the research.

  3. "Senior Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere, work–life balance, company culture.

    Cons

    Great first job but I did not feel interlectually challenged. Company tends to hire highly educated people with PhDs and Postdoc experience to do routine lab work.

    In addition, the salary is quite low and living costs in Cambridge are high, so the whole package did not match up for me.

    Overcrowded office space and very little investment in actual research.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk.


  4. "Service Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Lot of things to learn

    Cons

    Employees are not very professional


  5. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca part-time

    Pros

    Room for progression, take development seriously, managers approachable

    Cons

    lots of outsourcing when I was there, lots of uncertainty which was not communicated well


  6. "Executive Assistant"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance and team

    Cons

    Inter- company politics can be vicious


  7. "Great"

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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

    Work life balance and atmosphere

    Cons

    Development and promotion issues maybe

  8. "Pharmaceutical Development"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Macclesfield, England

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

    Pros

    Exciting late stage pipeline should lead to a number of new approvals

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move sideways.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not such a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline, number of product launches and a company turning around.
    Flexible benefits is ok.

    Cons

    Your experience in AZ will largely depend purely on the department you are in. I have heard some people very positive about the opportunities and development. For me personally, I would say the company talks the talk, but does not walk the walk.
    I have had managers say to me "You cant apply for a new role in the first 12 months"... What they dont say of course that this is true - until they need you to move earlier, then they will move you in the first few months no problem.
    The worst experience I have had around career development is when a manager said "It is unrealistic to expect a career development conversation in the first 12 months". Remember that tag line when you come in for interview... AZ want to play to win - but not for yourself.
    There are also a large number of roles where no career development can be given. There are huge blockers in the organisation for a number of people (unable to be promoted becuase their boss is more than one job grade above them), and the company is not honest with people coming in to work if they are in a role that is "isolated".
    Finally there are a number of roles - created for the organisation as "individual contributor roles", where no thought has been given to a career beyond the role.

    Advice to Management

    They need to up their game for the next generation of workforce coming into the workplace. Career development should start from day one, not after year one / 18 months.
    Rather than "talking the talk" when it comes to ambition and "playing to win", AZ should "walk the walk" and provide opportunities across the business - not just to a privileged few you have a good manager. Play to win should also be about yourself as well as the company - not the company only.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Finance manager - good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and work life balance

    Cons

    Too much restructuring and poor management decision making


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