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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 16 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. "Good job, big challenge, well remunerated"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, interesting projects and a sense of an improving company culture. Very good base package plus benefits, flexible working.

    Cons

    Hard work, sometimes stressful. A stronger emphasis on training would be preferred. Sometimes there are disparities between different department perks (such as whether you can fly business class).


  2. "Changing AZ"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and good amenities.

    Cons

    Changes are handled very poorly

  3. "Currently with AZ"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Long term prospects much better than 5 years ago.

    Cons

    Noisy open plan office environment.


  4. "Manager - GA&I"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility in job opportunities globally

    Cons

    Its a political business environment


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities but higher level management not interested in people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Macclesfield, England
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company and incentive to have the career that you want. If you are interested in moving and trying different roles this is available, but you have to push for it. Good salary and benefits package.

    Cons

    Senior management have a lack of interest and empathy for individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your workforce, they are the key to your ongoing success.


  6. "Great benefits package and people, frustrating work environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package on top of basic salary.
    Lots of good people trying hard to do the best they can to contribute to company targets.
    Pleasant work environment (in some buildings) and efforts being made on new surroundings.

    Cons

    Very little autonomy to make changes or get things done.
    Too much faceless back office and going around in circles with queries or issues.
    Morale is very low in some areas due to restructures and excessive workload.
    Top management doesn't care about individuals and is very insensitive about impact of restructuring changes made.
    HR effort is all focused on hiring and onboarding, there is very little support as an employee or people manager once in the company, as there are not enough HR business partners.

    Advice to Management

    Difficult decisions always need to be made in business, so please approach them with sensitivity and empathy where people's lives are concerned. Hire people at the top with better people skills to help if needed!
    Outsourcing and centralising services in low cost areas is not always the answer. It may save money on the surface, but lots of people internally are running around trying to fix things and wasting time which could be much better spent.


  7. "Need to improve those managerial skills..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working environment (work from home)
    Nice benefits package (if you're a perm employee)
    Nice location in Cambridge, UK
    Work-life balance respected
    Focus on science

    Cons

    Poor communication from management to employees
    If you don't have a managerial title, in some teams, you won't feel like your work is valued, at all
    Managers actually don't know how to be managers and support their teams
    Political environment, you have to be good at "playing games" and cover your back if you want to stay in the company long-term
    Poorly dealt with transition to Cambridge

    Advice to Management

    You should lookout for internal people that are actually getting the job done and contributing to the team and promote them instead of hiring and hiring and hiring externally just because you think this brings value?! We have quite a bunch of new hires that just sit around doing nothing because there's not enough work for everyone...!

  8. "It's not that bad..."

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent compared to similar jobs.

    Cons

    Lack of progression within QC


  9. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Luton, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Luton, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Patient centric, good rates of pay

    Cons

    No structure - fragmented and no frameworks

    Advice to Management

    Poor leadership in HR


  10. "Working for Astra Zeneca"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


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