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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 22 October 2017
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  • pipeline, senior management, constant change (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "An average 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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pipeline, mostly good people to work with, pension plan, stock options, 401K match, flexible work environment

    Cons

    communication, career growth, insufficient cross functional support

    Advice to Management

    Keep the talent, communicate better


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, shame R&D is moving to Cambridge."

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

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

    Pros

    Alderley Park = best pharmaceutical R&D site in the UK period.
    Use the most amazing technology in a science focused organisation.
    Working environment = no dress code + mostly great people who are really friendly.
    Much less bureaucratic and corporate since the 2013 shake up.
    The higher ups are genuinely passionate about science, collaboration and R&D +++++

    Cons

    Moving to Cambridge and all that goes along with that.
    ....A nice looking building if you don't mind waiting a decade to move in,
    Money's good, but check their redundancy stats = not the best.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Full time employee"

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    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great R&D history. Promising pipeline.
    Seems the people are competent but they are not always placed on environments where they can perform

    Cons

    Highly political and fragmented, leading to the status of non-performing or dysfunctional teams.
    Talent management and promotion are not always co ducted in a fair way.

    Advice to Management

    May need some structural changes in some areas. Need to improve leadership of many middle-senior management,


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  5. "Great employer, but hard to move up"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative working environment, good energy in the company to succeed, lots of interesting science happening with the goal to provide innovative new medicines. Prior to joining the company I viewed such large pharma companies and faceless and impersonal, however this has not been my experience of AstraZeneca. There is good communication of clinical studies and success stories with patients back to those that are developing the medicines, which is really nice to see as a chemist working on API manufacture. There is a rather flat management structure and this works well to be connected to managers a couple of levels above your grade

    Cons

    Due to the flat management structure there is a downside that it can feel like your career is not progressing, I'm a senior scientist and have worked for the company for 2 years, I have a further 4 years industrial experience prior to my work here and a PhD under my belt, I think it will be another 4-6 years before I can see myself being promoted, with small pay rises this does mean I do keep an eye on the job market to see if I could get better pay elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Give a stepping stone between senior scientist and APS/Team leader, etc so that it feels more achievable to move up


  6. "Process Leader"

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    Current Employee - Process Leader in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - Process Leader in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great development opportunities for individuals and opportunities for career progression. There is also a lot of investment ongoing in Macclesfield site that shows there is a great future ahead.

    Cons

    It is a challenging environment in the manufacturing area that can be stressful or quite demanding at times.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the good communication with the employees and good work with assuring investment for the Site.


  7. "Global Brand Head"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy to make decisions
    Improving pipeline
    Great people and culture

    Cons

    Limited career growth outside of oncology
    Difficult to move outside of global

    Advice to Management

    Improve talent management


  8. "Great employer where I've had the opportunity to perform several different roles."

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    Former Employee - Alliance Director in Alderley Park, England
    Former Employee - Alliance Director in Alderley Park, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent employer with well-enforced code of conduct, strong collaborative culture, a focus on entrepreneurial leadership, and clear vision and strategy.

    Cons

    Recent changes to geographic footprint has resulted in a lot of disruption and the loss of a lot of talented individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on work done connecting and integrating different parts of the business.


  9. "AZ"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Overall an excellent company to work for with good benefits

    Cons

    Role moved overseas and has left me on the streets. Thank you


  10. "Employer"

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

    Pros

    Good employer. Overall with good history

    Cons

    Looking to recruit from external not promote from within

    Advice to Management

    More people development


  11. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Professional with excellent organisational structure and working practices.

    Cons

    Accountability not always clear within some areas.


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