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Relaxed place to work

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alderley Park, England (UK)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alderley Park, England (UK)

I have been working at AstraZeneca

Pros

Nice atmosphere, relaxed atmosphere in my area.

Cons

Can be difficult to get people on-board with some projects. The relaxed atmosphere is nice, but it can feel a bit lethargic at times. A bit of an 'old boy' network in the top echelons with the older (mainly men) enjoying excellent salaries, with a bit of a difficult climb for talented younger people. Most of the really talented people move to other companies in order to get ahead.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Better talent spotting at the junior levels. Too stultifying at the top levels.

No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for AstraZeneca

  1.  

    okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    effort goes into trying to make it work/life balance. Effort on trying to improve culture with new influx of leaders from outside the company.

    Cons

    Hard to work globally with time changes. Performance structure relies on making a mistake to meet "partially met" quota. Too much emphasis on behavior and not enough on determining if you have credentials/experience to perform job. You could have a degree in decorating and be the next senior director -- don't challenge anyone even though they say they want you to challenge-- they manage up to the next level and not down to the employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ensure all your senior management have credentials to do job and not just promoted thru the ranks because they have been there 20 years - that is 19 years times the same year of experience. No one should be allowed to be in a leadership role more than 5 to 6 years - otherwise it continues to be an "old boys club"! Have a more regional structure - globalization has slowed many things down.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Not for the faint hearted

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    Former Employee - Legal Counsel  in  Macclesfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Macclesfield, England (UK)

    I worked at AstraZeneca

    Pros

    It's a lovely physical working environment, beautiful surroundings and nice offices. There's a pub onsite, a shop and lovely walks in the summer. There is always plenty of legal work so you'll never get bored and people are generally nice, educated and polite.

    Cons

    You need to be aggressive, focused and ambitious to get ahead at AZ. It's very much who you know, not how well you do. Managers have been there for years and don't want to go anywhere else, so they are not particularly progressive (eg flexible working as an alien concept when I was there). Salaries are not the highest and bonuses tend to be on the low side, but that depends on where you are in the organisation. I worked like a dog on a long term project and was given a bonus of £2k whereas the project manager's bonus enabled him to buy a house in Italy! Hmmm, bit of a mismatch there since I probably spent longer on the project than he did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step out of the past and into the future which involves trusting employees more to work flexibly and remotely. Reward employees for a job well done and stop focusing so much on managers who are usually only productive because they have a good team supporting them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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