AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 14 Aug 2020

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  1. "."

    5.0
    Current Employee - National Field Sales Manager in London, England

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    I enjoy working here very much

    Cons

    be prepared to work very hard

  2. "Very Corporate Hierarchical Pyramid"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Human Resources Team Member in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -very easy job - being such a big company everyone does a small piece of work so you have a great work-life balance, especially at more mid-level roles - benefit package was ok, salaries aligned with industry and ok for Cambridge area - big corporate, some cool perks in terms of offices - doing some important work to save lives

    Cons

    - very hierarchical environment, if you were too young you were not considered unless someone vouched really hard for you, doesn`t matter how good you were at the job - toxic-culture, no one wants to leave the company as it`s such a "cushty" place to be in, you get lost in the numbers and can get away with doing pretty much nothing all day - you could tell there was a lot of favoritism going on among the leadership team - they say they care about people but they take away benefits (like pension contribution) and make it part of your benefits package, so in the end, you are worse-off on your overall package - always treading on toes and not being able to be yourself

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  3. "Good pension and benefits, pay as you would expect from rest of industry"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - patient safety scientist in Alderley Park, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pension and benefits compared with other big pharma's.

    Cons

    Some senior colleagues are unpleasant.

  4. "Great company on the up, lots of opportunities"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Best oncology portfolio on the market, great career development opportunities, very competent people, exciting times ahead, extremely strong outlook

    Cons

    Big corporate culture, bureaucracy and lots of flux/restructuring can be frustrating at times

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  5. "Great company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work in

    Cons

    Low opportunities due to large no of people

  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not a great place to work"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Laboratory Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. There we’re some standout colleagues who were extremely talented.

    Cons

    1. Lack of development and progression. Little invested in employees to attend training. 2. Toxic work culture- bullying and harassment rife by senior management and a strong blame culture. Inappropriate comments made about religion and race by senior management. If complaints are raised the person complaining is branded a trouble maker and gaslighted by management. 3. Benefits were changed frequently resulting in people being worse off in the long term. 4. Poor financial management. 5. Lack of flexible working. 6. The above meant that the workforce was demotivated and there was a high turnover of staff.

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  7. "Great so far"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Positive environment Culture of teamwork Opportunities to progress Encouragement on candidates to consider their personal development

    Cons

    Cramped lab spaces Be prepared to work hard (but see results)

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  8. "enjoyed my time there"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Microbiology Lab Technician in Macclesfield, England

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good opportunities to progress good benefits Manageable workload

    Cons

    Opportunity can depends on your manager

  9. "No career progression"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work towards new medicines for patients Interesting jobs Variety of projects Multicultural teams

    Cons

    No clarity for career progression No career progression Politics Loads of repetitive paperwork

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  10. "Large pharma company that want their staff to be happy."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Speke, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Large company with benefits too offer, still growing,

    Cons

    The same as any big company; No personal management. Employee attributes and progress are recorded by people who you will never see.

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