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MedImmune Reviews

Updated 4 October 2017
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  • At times, work/life balance will suck (in 26 reviews)

  • since its growing quickly with AZ acquisition, lots of work to do (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great science, great working environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great 'Biotech' atmosphere. and a great place to work Lots of opportunities to engage with the scientific community and to share and also publish research.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for career development, often suggested you have to 'move on to move up'. Flattened hierarchical structure means it is difficult to gain management experience required for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities to gain management experience to allow for career development.


  2. "Hit and miss"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and knowledgeable colleagues. Exciting projects.

    Cons

    Quite a lot of pressure and not very good work and life balance. The quality of managers varies wildly. You might be lucky. Or you may not!

    Advice to Management

    Train inexperienced managers and hold them to account. Try and improve work and life balance.


  3. "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a free commuter bus to cambridge train station.

    Cons

    You are micromanaged by managers with very little global pharmaceutical experience. Its a company culture where there is little to none opportunity to be promote and develop your career.

    Advice to Management

    You need to clean out your weak management team.


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  5. "physician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Biotech culture, Invest in people

    Cons

    cultural change after the takeover by AstraZeneca


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work but uncompetitive salaries"

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility; good benefits, work atmosphere

    Cons

    Lower pay compared to other companies

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate employee pay or you will loose people


  7. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MedImmune full-time

    Pros

    Good Environment and good relationship whit colleagues, good facilities and OK benefits

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promotions or salary increases.


  8. "good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really good company, great people, nice leadership in general.

    Cons

    Experience depends hugely on who is your line manager.

    Advice to Management

    You could boost retention if you were to audit line managers, even if anonymously, or would facilitate internal promotion.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "good place but overworked"

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Scientist I in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn lots and there is a genuine push for people to learn and understand the science. The culture in the UK side is pretty nice and relaxed and the leadership in the UK is good.

    Cons

    difficult to get promoted.
    More emphasis paid to doing pet projects rather than day job.
    Confusion over the brand of Medimmune, Astra Zeneca (AZ) pay the bills, everyone has heard of AZ Medi US just need to get over it and move on with the brand.

    Advice to Management

    Apprecaiate the work that gets done and not just the flashy projects. There is little or no reward for working hard on standard projects that push the pipeline forward. This is what you built your careers on.


  10. "Glass ceiling but otherwise great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Big vision
    Great capabilities
    Robust science
    Robust debate
    Strong desire to work with the most innovative field leaders, to patent and publish.

    Cons

    Poor appraisal system (fair but VERY clunky and time consuming)
    Limited career opportunities
    Struggling with budget constraints given AZ's widely publicised issues with medicines coming off patent

    Advice to Management

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  11. Helpful (2)

    "Arbitrary performance review system!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    > good science in some departments
    > free food & drinks on TGIF
    > nice building

    Cons

    > HR is overwhelmingly poor
    > performance rating system is time consuming and arbitrary
    > IT is clunky
    > a lot of pressure
    > little rewards for hard work
    > bistro is horrible
    > too many unnecessary meetings (every manager thinks his meeting is the most important meeting in the world)
    > lots of staff losses (e.g high turnover)

    Advice to Management

    > don't show up for a meeting and tell that you want to retain staff and then make 150 people redundant the following week


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