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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 17 July 2018
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  • "Negatively affects work life balance" (in 50 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. "OK"

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

    Pros

    Good training in drug discovery

    Cons

    can be a slow career path

    Advice to Management

    lots of competition from biotechs in cambridge


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    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

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. Helpful (2)

    "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


  7. 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.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work"

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    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.


  10. "Good company"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Forward thinking and progressive company

    Cons

    In the middle of transition


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