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AstraZeneca Senior Director Reviews

Updated 3 August 2018
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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Pros
  • "An exciting scientific atmosphere coupled with good work life balance" (in 184 reviews)

  • "great culture, good benefits, and reasonable territory size" (in 96 reviews)

Cons
  • "Negatively affects work life balance" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Rigorous governance but leads to slow decision making" (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Bad to worse"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alderley Edge, England
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Alderley Edge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved most of the people i worked with

    Cons

    No Development opportunities
    No training
    No performance management - no recognition
    People not valued (any more)

    Advice to Management

    Value and develop your people. Get rid of Poor performers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "An exciting place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC (US)

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    AstraZeneca ticks every one of the boxes I value as a great place to work: true focus on the patient, an exciting innovative pipeline, staff that works together as a team (family), focus on success of the drug pipeline but also the individual AZ associate, multiple career paths that evolve with time to meet the needs of the day. Management asks the associates for their vision of the future and take their suggestions seriously. Yes, we are busy, but when you work as a team with a focus it does not seem like work.

    Cons

    We are victims of our own success, we have had an incredible success rate with data read-outs and submissions. We need more like minded people to help up on our quest to help patients!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Be Careful"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Gaithersburg, MD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great medicines, many great people, good comp and benefits program

    Cons

    Do not value people - too many people let go. The financial situation should not be a surprise so they should not have been hiring and then turning around and letting people go. It demonstrates a lack of sensitivity to people and their families.

    Advice to Management

    Demonstrate more of a commitment to employees by not hiring just to reduce months later, better staff planning


  4. "AstraZeneca is a good place to advance as manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good core values, generally good opportunities for career development, decent compensation, generally OK benefits, good colleagues, potential for growth, recently improved project portfolio

    Cons

    Currently the only real chance for career advancement is in managerial positions, scientific ladder is very much unappreciated and can only lead to limited advancement. This is a problem for the company as best and most ambitious scientists are incentivized to leave the bench and move into management

    Advice to Management

    I would pay more attention to career possibilities within scientific ladder, a brilliant but also ambitious scientist should not feel that becoming a line manager is the only safe option for career and pay-grade advancement.


  5. "Good humane values"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Civil working environment, good pipeline. Value science, patients and employees. Honest environment

    Cons

    Going through some tough time. But will come out of it

    Advice to Management

    Value by employees is what motivated gates people. Keep that going


  6. Helpful (1)

    "General"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Global Marketing - Diabetes in Quakertown, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director Global Marketing - Diabetes in Quakertown, PA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well, but it comes at a very high personal cost since you have to give up your family life.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. They will own your personal life; Old-boys club mentality.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful to lead people via a more sympathetic management style and outlook.


  7. "AstraZeneca"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Global Village Park (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Global Village Park (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, great bonus structure

    Cons

    Tolerates underperformance, soft culture; lacks integrity, lots of politics

    Advice to Management

    Management is expedient, lacks integrity/backbone

  8. "satisfied"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Washington, DC (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, robust science

    Cons

    very large - uncertainty about pipeline


  9. "Sr Director of Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Director in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Director in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and benefits are good as well

    Cons

    Horrid culture, continually cutting jobs , poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    Need more accountability at the brand and better leadership


  10. "Despite too many changes, reductions, this is a good company to work for."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really nice work/life balance culture.

    Cons

    way too many changes; poor leadership communication

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent, share more.