AstraZeneca Jobs & Careers in Alderley Park, England

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18 days ago

Business Analyst

AstraZeneca Alderley Park, England

A new Operations Finance Centre of Excellence is being established within Group Financial Planning & Reporting (GFP&R). The Establishment of Centres… AstraZeneca

9 hrs ago

Process Engineering Student Placement – new

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

One of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, AstraZeneca creates innovative and effective treatments for some of the most important areas of… AstraZeneca

9 hrs ago

Senior Scientist - PAT – new

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

AstraZeneca is a major international company with over 50,000 employees in over 100 countries. We conduct research and development across… AstraZeneca

18 days ago

Supply Chain Study Manager - Maximum 2 year Fixed Term Contract / Secondment

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

The Supply Chain Study Manager (SCSM) plays a key leadership role within R&D Supply Chain. You will be managing the supply chain for global clinical… AstraZeneca

8 days ago

NMR Spectroscopist

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

Bring your expertise in NMR spectroscopy to one of the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies. We need a highly motivated NMR Spectroscopist to… AstraZeneca

30+ days ago

Pharmacy Summer Placement

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

What role can pharmacists fulfil at AstraZeneca? Pharmacists are ideally suited for work in the pharmaceutical industry as a result of their… AstraZeneca

18 days ago

Team Manager (CPUT team), Chemical Development

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

If youre ready to make a difference through your career in Pharmaceutical Development, then theres no better place to make that happen than in our… AstraZeneca

18 days ago

Quality Assurance Associate

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

We are currently recruiting for a Quality Assurance Associate to join our dedicated QMS team at our manufacturing facility in Macclesfield. As a… AstraZeneca

5 days ago

Manufacturing Manager / Process Leader

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

The Manufacturing Manager (First Line Manager) opportunities are within Zoladex manufacturing at the Macclesfield site which is part of UK Operations… AstraZeneca

3 days ago

Quality Lead and QP - Zoladex and Zomig

AstraZeneca Macclesfield, England

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business. We push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. Our bold… AstraZeneca

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Park, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Alderley Park, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca


    I started at AstraZeneca in 1996. I had a fantastic time and met a lot of wonderful people. I was trained and invested in for the first 10 years. There are some very clever people at AstraZeneca, people who are excellent at their job and quite inspirational. When you concentrate on the science and medicine, you have a wonderful environment. Recent developments to increase and expand the pipeline have been very interesting. Alderley Park was a beautiful environment.


    When I started, my compensation was standard for the time, and good. However, that eroded so badly over time that when I was promoted, I had to have substantial salary increases to reach the BOTTOM of the next salary band. When I recently moved company to do exactly the same job, my pay almost doubled. In addition, the management structure is antiquated and dysfunctional. If you don't get on with your manager, you will not get on. And there is a nasty habit of putting people in managerial positions who cannot do and have never done the job of the people they manage. My last department will now have 2 senior managers, neither of whom can work at the level expected of their staff. Due to recent events, staff are now under a lot of pressure to perform miraculous amounts of work while under a lot of pressure, both professional and personal. This leads to a lot of bad behaviour which was awful. Physicians, in particular, can be a dreadful bunch, rude, unprofessional and unable to accept instruction, whilst contributing little and being rewarded the most. If you are a contractor, you will make a lot of money while doing a job that is not performance managed, from home. Difficult to accept for the permanent staff.

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    AZ needs to change its management style and give their best people, not just the elite few, a proper career structure that reflects the new company they're trying to be. Pay needs to be increased, particularly with the move to Cambridge, and stop paying contractors an absolute fortune to do jobs they're not qualified for, in a way that will jeopardise the licence to operate. I had to leave the company in order to progress in terms of salary, job title and development after 19 years faithful service. What is that all about? Never mind, if I ever return, it will be to sort out your mess and you will pay me handsomely to do it.

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