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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 17 April 2018
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
589 Ratings

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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 48 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

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    The amazing culture did not begin to maturate until the most recent decade which caused for the facility to became outdated over the years to the point where bringing in new products/technologies was not cost beneficial thus causing the site to close (among other business reasons).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

    "Excellent place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly people
    Comprehensive training
    Excellent salary
    Feeling as though you are making a difference in the world

    Cons

    Hot desking can be frustrating as can finding available meeting rooms. The opening of the new building in 2018 should help resolve this.

  3. "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


  4. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible working environment. Great Benefits

    Cons

    Cheshire presence is decreasing year on year


  5. "Could do better"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Being part of an organisation that is helping patients.

    Cons

    Poor development opportunities for current staff.


  6. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is above Cambridge averages. Good culture and lots of potential for career development. Excellent first experience at working for a FTSE 100 company.

    Cons

    There can be a face-time culture in some areas. Some people are permitted to under perform and no action appears to be taken, this is most clearly present with some IT contractors.

    Advice to Management

    Threats to AZ's long term sustainability may come from some unconventional places. To protect against these threats you will need to improve the quality of your recruits, and broaden the horizon of your threat analysis. Become intentional about encouraging flexible working arrangements.


  7. "Great company for local and global opportunities in Macclesfiled"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and good colleagues, in almost all departments
    Big campus with lots of exciting things going on and great services and canteens etc.
    Lots of exciting opportunities both in global functions for the company as well as for local Macclesfield site specific

    Cons

    Some HR processes are quite lengthy and non-transparent and talent programmes besides any graduate or apprentice programmes are non-existent or just not communicated. I have seen some great talent leave for other companies with more training opportunities.
    Processes are often unbearably complex and require documentation and written approval for almost everything. However, given that it is a pharmaceutical company it is perhaps called for

    Advice to Management

    Increase transparency into the organisation and increase focus on development in terms of training and certifications

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours
    Good benefits
    Enjoyable work

    Cons

    Current (temporary) facilities
    Increasing workload demands
    Lack of career prospects


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be better"

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

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

    Pros

    People, technology, salary, bonus, environment

    Cons

    Change weary, re-orgs, public transport access,

    Advice to Management

    Stop the re-orgs, please.


  10. "Good people, good CEO, need to tighten up strategy and process"

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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

    Good people, good CEO, good pipeline

    Cons

    need to tighten up strategy and process, lots of inefficiencies


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