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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 16 October 2017
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  • Work / Life balance is loaded specially if you intend to develop fast in your career (in 40 reviews)

  • pipeline, senior management, constant change (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Global Marketing Director, launching new cardiovascular drug"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Director in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Global Marketing Director 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

    Great product and opportunity to help prevent morbidity and mortality of patients with CV disease. Company infrastructure us improving but a long way to go. Need better focus.

    Cons

    Politics getting in the way of launch plans. Company hires people with expertise, and then Senior Managers who have no experience in the disease area but have longevity start to interfere and try and control the approach in the wrong way.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the experts you hire to get on with the job and prevent opportunistic egoists from interfering


  2. "Brilliant company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Macclesfield, England
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of scope for progress up career ladder. Opportunities to handle projects and business as usual. Great, committed people and good culture.

    Cons

    Working in an environment of constant transformation & change, year in / year out, you have to adapt to this or fail!
    Going through even more change now, involving geographic moves of people.
    Lots & lots of change, all happening at same time - difficulty in seeing th bigger picture

    Advice to Management

    Need to prioritise what needs to be done today and what can wait until tomorrow.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed review"

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

    Pros

    If you fit you will do really well, lots of chances to move around, promotion and support

    Cons

    If you don't fit then expect to be forgotten about


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  5. "Astrazeneca"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - International Distribution Coordinator in Macclesfield, England
    Current Employee - International Distribution Coordinator in Macclesfield, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work flexibly, good rewards package, plenty of opportunities to develop and progress

    Cons

    Constant change, lots of 'near-shoring' and 'off-shoring'
    It's not the astrazeneca way to admit when projects don't work - lack of ability to recognise and acknowledge mistakes

    Advice to Management

    When implementing projects that will affect people, make sure you consult with the right people.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly, supportive and stimulating work environment, working with intelligent people to make a massive difference

    Cons

    massive, complex, global organisation can be a challenge to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Keep on communicating


  7. "Placement student"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Collaborative and friendly working environment

    Cons

    Lack of facilities across site


  8. "Medical Science Liaison"

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    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Medical Science Liaison in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pipeline, focused in cv/met, oncology and respiratory

    Cons

    Too big, role can get lost

    Advice to Management

    Keep Msl teams smaller


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Some areas treat people better than others"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Alderley Park, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Good facilities
    Flexible working arrangements
    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Some people had to work everyday of their notice period (3 months, 6 months or 1 year) and other get to have a year off on full pay. No consistency between functions which cause tensions.
    Career ladder limited if not in a Science based role

    Advice to Management

    Need to treat all individuals the same. Huge salary discrepancies


  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid given straight from practice. Excellent location in Alderley Park

    Cons

    Work life balance and deadline expectations

    Advice to Management

    More realistic deadline management


  11. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Positive environment to work.Positive environment to work

    Cons

    Process alignment, Process alignment,Process alignment

    Advice to Management

    None


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