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AstraZeneca Wilmington Reviews

Updated 12 October 2017
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Wilmington, DE (US)

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
47 Ratings

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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. "LIFT Internship"

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    Current Intern - LIFT in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Intern - LIFT in Wilmington, DE (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of experience to put on my resume and helpful career development workshops.

    Cons

    Performed a lot of ad hoc tasks that didn't come together.


  2. "Few Decent Leaders Left"

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

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

    Pros

    A very good place to work until 2008 and has been downhill since! A good starting place for new graduates before moving on to other companies where advancement opportunities would be available.

    Cons

    In February after 26 years, I along with many others, were more than ready to leave such a negative atmosphere. Self-centered leaders are unfortunately the majority, bonuses & awards are kept among themselves because those who were “normal” kind and caring leaders had their positions eliminated. Sad, very sad that such a local, once excellent employer has sunk so low. No work/life balance for the few good colleagues left trying to hold on until the inevitable happens — complete collapse or sold off piece-by-piece.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around comes around!


  3. "Environment"

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    Former Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues who are passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Short-term financial considerations driving out valued employees.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on talent


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Hostile enviornment. Checkbox culture."

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits right out of college.

    Cons

    The PSS role at AZ quickly becomes mundane and boring. If you are okay with a checkbox culture with few opportunities for creativity or critical thinking then the PSS role at AZ is for you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good option if you want to gain skills and move on"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    AZ has flexible work arrangements in R&D, as well as other parts of the company. There are many opportunities to work on a variety of initiatives. The pay and benefits are very good.

    Cons

    They are continually undergoing a great deal of change. Also, this is a large pharma company which can make it sometimes difficult to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Be better at choosing who you place in positions of management. Provide better "people" management and leadership support and guidance to them. Be sure they have a yearly objective that ensures they are held accountable for how they manage their people.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary and benefits offered

    Cons

    constant restructuring leading to lack of job security for everyone


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    promising new medicines in oncology and biologics

    Cons

    many employees stretched to cover gaps as employees leave


  9. Helpful (3)

    "They need to care more for people who work for them."

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cared for patient care too

    Cons

    Too much politics and mass lay offs over a period of time caused demoralization

    Advice to Management

    Culture creates results. Be cognizant of your decisions


  10. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial Environment, Top talent, smart work

    Cons

    Coming is getting smaller and putting pressure on those who are left.

    Advice to Management

    remember the talent in place


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall a great company with strong leadership from the top. Pascal is doing his best to guide the ship in the right direction. A lot of talented people and great benefits (good pay, bonus, retirement plan, etc.).

    Cons

    Way too many organizational changes with job reductions during my tenure. I've seen good people let go so the company can hit year end targets and then they back fill the position in the new year.

    Advice to Management

    Try to cut down on the number of organizational changes and job reductions, it does impact employee morale. Also, I've seen a lot of money wasted with one leader going in one direction and then there is an org change and the new leader goes in a new direction which wastes resources.


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