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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 17 January 2018
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 45 reviews)

  • Senior management often out of office due to multiple sites making access to them difficult (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Good leadership, too many changes"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very science oriented company, strong corporate culture, inspiring leadership.
    A great improvement to 4-5 years ago

    Cons

    Sometimes, too many changes at the same time. Requires a lot of stamina, flexibility to adapt

    Advice to Management

    Caring and planning


  2. "no comments"

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    Former Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Medical Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a nice company culture and friendly environment overall, but too many and too frequent restructuring, most of which without clear purpose in long term perspective.

    Cons

    No carrier progression but rather increasing overload and deteriorating work-life balance. Becoming more dysfunctional within time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep checking and reminding yourself whyare you there and what are your main motivation drivers. Try to be honest (at least with yourselves).


  3. "Great organisation - constant pace of change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to step up and make a difference & Pace of change
    Open culture
    Great working environment - new locations and fit out of old ones
    Commitment to improving technology
    Clear mission and focus

    Cons

    Technology/systems challenges - huge and clumbersome, at times although known issues
    Super-admin heavy - lots of systems to cut through
    Can be political - although getting better

    Advice to Management

    Continue with change and simplification programmes, but also challenge the non-adopters to move forward


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  5. "Great employer"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good development opportunities

    Very competitive salary and benefits

    Leadership is passionate about science

    Cons

    Large amount of change and uncertainty


  6. "Normal corporate pharma company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting portfolio. Lots of work. Some good people and lots of energy from some. Some people still a little bit slow and want to debate every detail.

    Cons

    Interesting portfolio. Lots of work. Lots of people leaving and shifting around of responsibilities and contracts etc. So you meet more people in 12 months than I have met in 5 years in my prior company. Bit chaotic.

    Advice to Management

    Try to reduce the meetings. There is too much work to do to spend hours discussing/debating things of minor consequence.


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Macclesfield, England
    Former Employee - Contractor in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company makes a great effort to engage employees and invest in making it a great place to work. There is a determined focus on following the science to develop new life changing medicines and to put patients first.

    Cons

    There is a lot of change and restructuring with a drive to save money by moving jobs to lower cost parts of the world eg India, Eastern Europe, Far East. Increased job opportunities in those locations are offset by job losses in the more traditional locations where the company has operated, It's sad but inevitable.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain honest and timely communication on the vision for the future of the company to enable employees adversely affected to manage the change.


  8. "Great Employer"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Harrogate, England
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Harrogate, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great, exciting new job role. Taken on at the start of a really exciting new project at a customer service level rather than sales.

    Cons

    The company started us all on salaries relevant to our skills and experience whilst benchmarking the role. When ascertained the role balanced out at a reasonably low level, they brought in a manger to micro-manage the higher earners out!

    Advice to Management

    Benchmark roles before employing a diverse, highly skilled team.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Review AstraZeneca"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big multinational company: several options for career paths
    Package Structure: highly customizable

    Cons

    Politics and culture
    Training Programmes
    Internal Processes

    Advice to Management

    Spend less time playing politics, and more time understanding employee engagement


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Getting better at people development but still a way to go before it's up there with benchmark organisations."

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    Current Employee - Market Access Manager in Luton, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Market Access Manager in Luton, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great science developing all the time, really wonderful people (for the most part!). Very supportive of further education and academic learning on the job. Reasonable benefit package on par with the industry.

    Cons

    Too much overlap between roles in various layers of the organisation, too much committee based decision making so decisions don't get made fast enough. Performance not always managed we'll by some managers. Career progression is politically motivated not based on transparent criteria.

    Advice to Management

    Look a bit closer at some of the management behaviours. Need greater transparency in people development, clearer behavioural & capabilities mapping for how to move to the next job, and better and more consistent management of people's performance.


  11. "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Alderley, England
    Current Employee - Associate Principal Scientist in Alderley, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good Packages
    Varied Role
    Science focused

    Cons

    No career progression
    Illogical End of year rating system
    You can feel a cog in a machine
    Tough working with a fragmented organisation split across sites due to Cambridge Move

    Advice to Management

    Be honest
    Consider staff as a people and not just resource to keep business running


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