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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 19 Jun 2019

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A fantastic place to work for driven people"

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    Current Employee - Business Strategy & Portfolio Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good reward system, strong opportunities to develop, change to work with some top-in-field colleagues. Mobile working is great for work/life balance. Excellent mentorship opportunities.

    Cons

    Not a good place to coast as you will be challenged. Lack of investment into project management and IT systems can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Management of assignment and capacity can be short sighted at times - could we invest more in our technologies to forecast/plan better.

    AstraZeneca2018-12-05
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing - lost potential"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working hours Opportunity to work cross-functionally on projects Opportunity to work globally

    Cons

    Incompetent middle management Appalling support for employees (HR, OT, benefits system instead of higher pay and pension contributions) Lots of unnecessary governance and committees leading to slow development Slow progress in non-scientific respects Presentee-ism culture leads to poor work/life balance Disparate team across sites, no sense of centre or belonging

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - develop and promote from within Create a truly transparent work place - end the bullying culture Get rid of hot-desking and co-locate your employees properly

    AstraZeneca2018-12-18
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management but good work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Information Specialist 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, flexible working hours

    Cons

    Appalling and incompetent management. Leaders lack strategic visions which makes the department and the job itself pointless, unnecessary and its existence almost can't be justified.

    AstraZeneca2018-12-10
  4. "Starting to turn the corner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Scope for a variety of careers in a dynamic and fast changing environment where science drives innovation and better medicines for patients. Sustainability is now higher on the agenda which is a real positive.

    Cons

    Investment in the UKMC has been reduced in last 6 mths so workload and stress has gone up impacting productivity, staff motivation, however as the company returns to growth this should ease

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, create a transparent, open and innovative culture as it will reap rewards, bring dividends and help patients/NHS.

    AstraZeneca2018-11-09
  5. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in North Mimms, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Good training.

    Cons

    As others have said - unclear progression structure.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and promote from within

    AstraZeneca2018-11-22
  6. "Project and Change Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, career opportunities

    Cons

    may face complex and lengthy processes

    AstraZeneca2018-11-01
  7. Helpful (2)

    "R&D facing data scientist"

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    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have been working here for over 10 years and have seen many of the usual changes that large organisations go through. AZ is now experiencing a significant up-turn in its prospects in spite of some high-profile drugs coming to the end of their patent protection. There has been a significant shift in focus to a far more science-led approach to investment and prioritisation. At this time, the value of good data and the...

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    Cons

    Could be more willingness for home working. There is some home working permitted but the preference is still on being in an office, even if your teams are distributed across multiple sites and countries.

    Advice to Management

    Allow some more flexibility in working arrangements. Invest more in innovative technologies with specific business questions in mind to stay current.

    AstraZeneca2018-10-24
  8. "Good for work life balance"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits like free cab, free food, workload is less

    Cons

    Work is not too challenging. Applications are simple. Growth is not easy.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders are brought in from outside every time there is an opportunity. Existing people are already under utilized. They should be considered for leadership positions

    AstraZeneca2018-11-08
  9. Helpful (1)

    "On a roll - great culture - great science starting to deliver"

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    Current Employee - Digital Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Culture is great, informal, inclusive and passionate. A clear consistent vision and strategy. Furthermore, amazing science is starting to deliver truly groundbreaking medicines.

    Cons

    Because the company is just returning to growth, resourcing is tight so we need to put in the hours!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, recognise that people are working hard for the company.

    AstraZeneca2018-10-19
  10. "Good time to be joining AZ"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    After a number of difficult years AstraZeneca is returning to growth and there are good times ahead. Single site in Cambridge bringing AZ and MedImmune scientists under one roof will be beneficial to both. Many opportunities for scientific collaboration in the Cambridge area.

    Cons

    Delays to Cambridge HQ construction and occupation. Very flat management structure in IMED makes line management positions and progression few and far between (if that's what interests you)

    AstraZeneca2018-10-22
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