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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 16 March 2019
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • "Work life balance and prioritisation needs addressing" (in 60 reviews)

  • "People say that decision making is slow compared to some other pharmas - not sure I entirely agree" (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Great Place to Work"

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    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. "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

    Amazing people, flex working and great opportunities. Love this company

    Cons

    Work life balance is tough to

  3. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - PMO Director in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - PMO Director in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    demonstrable strategy and growth, challenging and exciting new environment, lots of energy, great salaries, passionate people and changing lives

    Cons

    a lot of change has occurred in the last 5 years, some continuity of culture has been lost and executives keep changing


  4. "Fantastic opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Director in Alderley, England
    Former Employee - Director in Alderley, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Development, Global experience, great people, interesting place to work

    Cons

    Layers of governance slows down decision making


  5. "Industrial Placement Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Industrial Placement Process Engineer in Macclesfield, England
    Former Employee - Industrial Placement Process Engineer in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    friendly, motivational, challenging, inspiring and nice

    Cons

    You have to be very independent, there is a lack of guidance at times


  6. "Great company to work for but needs more about diversifying the workforce."

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    Current Employee - Senior Crystallization Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Senior Crystallization Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits when I started, however some changes have been made recently which means these benefits are slightly below market value.

    Cons

    Needs to work on employee engagement and inclusion.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership team is not as accessible or relatable as they could be.


  7. "Broad role but with limited development opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Development Associate Manager in Birmingham, England
    Former Employee - Clinical Development Associate Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair salary and good benefits
    Great helpful colleagues with true team feeling
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    Limited development opportunities
    Frequent reorganizations
    High pressure from higher management with no flexibility regarding timelines

    Advice to Management

    Should get more understanding of the operational work and the corresponding challenges by performing ”gemba walks” among the operational staff.

  8. "Things have improved"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting time for the company. Fosters innovation

    Cons

    Work life balance is difficult


  9. "Great company"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Truly care about people development, refreshing lack of hierarchy and strong science focus

    Cons

    Work life balance and prioritisation needs addressing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing but get better at prioritisation and don't forget to recognise the non-scientists who are just as important


  10. "excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    cutting edge science, lots of excellent people

    Cons

    big pharma, very slow sometimes