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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 21 September 2017
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 38 reviews)

  • pipeline, senior management, constant change (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "AZ Empluyer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Enterprise Architect in Wilmslow, England
    Former Employee - Principal Enterprise Architect in Wilmslow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working, ethical employer, excellent career progression.

    Cons

    Reduced UK Footprint, change of leadership less caring than previous, just a number sometimes.


  2. "Senior director marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Luton, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture with improved decision making

    Cons

    Pipeline and study success delivery

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing sites


  3. "Former Compliance Manager"

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    Former Employee - Compliance Manager in Alderley Park, England
    Former Employee - Compliance Manager in Alderley Park, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly co workers and flexible working. Travel and global exposure

    Cons

    No strategic leadership provided. Compliance functions are broken down into process silos so there is no overall ownership within the groups and a lack of responsibility to remain compliant across the company

    Advice to Management

    Reorganise your Compliance functions so that responsibility and ownership can be re-introduced and avoid bureaucracy.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good things don't last forever...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, amazing location, up to date IT solutions to make working from home, and with colleagues globally, easy. Competitive salary, have had some great opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    Work in a site that is closing, my role is being transferred but due to family commitments I can't make the move. Feeling of detachment in the site as we prepare to move (minority) or leave and start job hunting.

    Advice to Management

    Make AP staff feel valued for the contribution they have made to AZ's success.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work, talented people but constant changes in structure and strategy mean morale is low."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Alderley Park, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Alderley Park, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits package, reliable performance bonus, flexible working, investment in technology means cutting edge tools are increasingly available.

    Cons

    Recent cost cutting and outsourcing efforts mean morale is very low, with expectations of further consolidation in the near future. Very few formal development opportunities outside the most senior roles, and a lack of importance placed on Line Manager capability mean you really have to be pushy if you want career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Do much more to make line managers accountable for nurturing talent and inject much greater pace when implementing change, particularly where jobs will be lost.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "High Base Salaries & Strong Benefits - Poor Executive Level Communication"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Alderley Edge, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Alderley Edge, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High Base Salaries on top of a very good flexible benefits package
    Company technology is of high standard and is improving all the time
    Very capable colleagues with loads of experience
    Great Work live balance

    Cons

    Poor high level communication
    Poor line management skills
    Constantly in restructuring
    Allows the same people to do all key projects despite poor performance

    Advice to Management

    Need to engage more when planning restructuring otherwise you wil not break constant restruturing cycle and need to clamp down on individuals wasting company money in "restruturing"


  8. "Good research but lack of smooth running"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really going up, superb leadership, original research

    Cons

    Need to better align needs and efforts across functions


  9. "Clinical Research Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    culture is amazing and i enjoy working there

    Cons

    salary not great and no bonus


  10. "CSA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Good management
    Car
    Great training
    Work and life balance
    Career progression

    Cons

    In my opinion there are no cons.


  11. "Global Operations"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    This is a good company with stong values and a focus on patients and science. The people and friendly, highly competent and you have autonomy in your work and decisions.

    Cons

    There is always much to do and a lot of variety in it, which is good, but the down side is that the workload can be high.

    Advice to Management

    In these cost conscious times you have to be careful to have enough people to do the work without having a poor work life balance.


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