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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 17 December 2017
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 45 reviews)

  • Senior management have a lack of interest and empathy for individuals (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Working for Astra Zeneca"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Facility was great to work in

    Cons

    to many different ways of working across not only site but departments

    Advice to Management

    focus on the people and reduce your meeting and/or time of meetings


  2. "Science Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large breadth of activities and opportunities

    Cons

    In the middle of relocalisation of R&D

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop employees


  3. "Senior director marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Former Compliance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Alderley Edge ruled by the SK9 mafia"

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

    Pros

    Decent food
    Free parking
    Nice offices
    Free water
    Lots of vending machines
    Lots of areas to hot-desk from
    Nice surroundings

    Cons

    Where do I start. The place at Alderley Edge is run by the SK9 postcode mafia; people working there simply because they get paid a lot for doing very little waiting to be made redundant in the bi-annual restructure. The place is ruled by social class and if you live local you are laughing. If you live fair away forget it. Everyday working there was hell.

    Advice to Management

    No point as they are in it too. Looking after each other.


  8. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. 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"


  10. Helpful (1)

    "AZ study 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

    Good focus on staff development, global reach, multiple career options, great package

    Cons

    Resource challenges, complexity of systems and departments make onboarding lengthy


  11. "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


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