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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 19 February 2018
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  • strict - work/life balance - stress (in 46 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Review AstraZeneca"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Getting better"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. "Good company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Edge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, and holidays (usually 22 days minimum + christmas, and opportunity to "buy" an additional 10 days. Flexible working is great for those with families.

    Cons

    Highly corporate mentality, high pressure workload but flexible working and good holidays help relieve this.


  6. "An average company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Full time employee"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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,


  9. "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


  10. "Process Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "Global Brand Head"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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