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AstraZeneca Waltham Reviews

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Waltham, MA (US)

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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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. Helpful (1)

    "Solid place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Associate in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Intern - Research Associate in Waltham, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good teams mean your days flow nicely, nice cafeteria, great campus

    Cons

    Big pharma always has a lot of bureaucracy, way too many meetings, hard to being experiments quickly

    Advice to Management

    Try to improve cross-departmental collaboration/communication and allow for more rotational work through the different groups.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of change"

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    Former Employee - Director in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Waltham, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    extensive resources and expertise to get the job done

    Cons

    resistant to change - lengthy consensus building that can be broken down by hidden political agendas that run counter to corporate strategy

    Advice to Management

    seek to streamline duplicate operations and decision-making apparatus


  3. "Senior Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked my time at AZ. The projects are all moving forward and everyone is helpful. If you work hard there is also a good chance of promotion.

    Cons

    None really, I liked my time there.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. "Great people and cutting-edge research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great! Extremely helpful if you need to learn anything or want to learn more about different departments or areas. Benefits are very good and industry salaries are competitive. AstraZeneca is still developing many drugs and compounds and the R&D pipeline is very robust, as you can see if you've been following pharma news.

    Cons

    As with probably all large pharmaceutical companies, there can be a lot of bureaucracy and red tape to wade through. At the Waltham site, Oncology is king so other departments can sometimes feel sidelined.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "So-So Leadership"

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    Former Employee - Sourcing Manager in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Sourcing Manager in Waltham, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture. Good global environment. Enjoyed working with a global team driving challenging problems

    Cons

    Poor product pipeline. Getting out of too many iMeds - should rather focus on deeper research into those few core competency research areas identified.

    Advice to Management

    Beef up the product pipeline! Growth is the mother's milk of the business and acquire some additional partners to bring more compounds into the pipeline.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "a good place to gain entry into industry science"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Waltham, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    access to funds and tools for research that are hard to match in academia
    tremendous opportunity to learn drug discovery and development
    great place to increase your professional network for future job hunting

    Cons

    postdocs are deprioritized when it comes to pretty much everything. Travel opportunities, internal scientific resources, etc will always go to the drug projects first and to postdocs second. The program is also too short to realistically publish as much as they would like us to.

    Advice to Management

    extend the duration of the postdoc to 4-5 years and give postdocs priority/dedicated resources to do the good science that they say they want us to do. properly vet projects before allowing postdocs to begin work on them to avoid having to change projects/waste time.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Intern AstraZeneca"

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Waltham, MA (US)
    Recommends

    I have been working at AstraZeneca as an intern

    Pros

    great environment and very good benefits

    Cons

    work load is relatively high


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great science going on with a large group of co-workers in the Boston area."

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Even in the midst of all the troubles with the change in organization, AZ has treated all of us well. There are lots of talented people working well together to do good science to help develop medicines.

    Cons

    As with any large company, the bureaucracy can be a bit unnerving. There is also more of a line between science and management than I feel should be in a Pharmaceutical company.

    Advice to Management

    Faster, clearer communications. Don't bother telling us what you are going to do regarding a unit, then wait fourteen months to do something about it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Waltham, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building. Good work environment. Good benefits. OK salary.

    Cons

    Notoriously slow and difficult to get promoted. The Waltham site is on the edge of an active volcano. Although it has been gone through a series of reduction, the worst has not come, yet. Brilliant scientists are leaving the company.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Lonely and stagnant"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Specialist in Waltham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Data Entry Specialist in Waltham, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a beautiful location where I could go outside and relax and see great views

    Cons

    I worked by myself 90% of the time in the basement. Very lonely and not engaging

    Advice to Management

    No one let me do anything, and I had no co-workers except for my boss who was often away at other sites.


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