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AstraZeneca Reviews

Updated 20 June, 2018
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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
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  • "Negatively affects work life balance" (in 50 reviews)

  • "Sometimes decision making is slow and bureaucratic, tendency to revisit decisions; Sometimes discard the old in favor of the new too soon" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "AZ is a great place to work. Canada has a respectful, fast moving culture that people thrive in."

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large organization but is nimble and runs like a small shop in Canada. I would highly recommend especially for those in the sciences! Great atmosphere, strong leadership team and HR actually knows that they’re doing which is refreshing! Great benefits plan and DC pension plan matching contributions are very competitive.

    Cons

    Global AZ can really complicate things for the local market but this is common in other multinational organizations. I would also say that the global organization is very sophisticated yet they lack rigour and can lack context for the local markets.


  2. "Amazing Company Culture in Canada"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on development and employee well-being. Amazing pipeline of lifesaving meds - there is something incredible being launched regularly! Warm, friendly and fun culture where you can speak your mind. Incredible people who are smart and care. Good boss. Good leaders.

    Cons

    Some processes complex and cumbersome. Sometimes overshadowed by other big AZ sites even though performance and work we do is leading. Lots of work to do and sometimes not enough people to do It.

    Advice to Management

    Keep strong focus on people - both development and fun culture activities. Great job!

  3. "Astrazeneca"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great culture, astrazeneca days

    Cons

    Not the most modern work from home policy (1 day per week)

    Advice to Management

    Increased RRSP match level or stock options for “exceptional” rating would be incredible.


  4. "The Place to Be!"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    -Human employees
    -Diversity of projects/opportunities
    -Fun culture
    -Development opportunities
    -Great pipeline and future
    -Good work conditions
    -Collaborative teams

    Cons

    Include new ideas in projects and think outside the box
    Sometimes, old school of thinking (reps = robots that execute)
    Integrate ideas of everybody and make everyone an equal participant (not only marketing)
    Create more opportunities to meet with the field (sometimes office is stuck in their reality)
    There should be 0 tolerance to disrespect and mean employees (bullies)


  5. "Very good company !"

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

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation / highly talented individuals with broad backgrounds / very collaborative environment / exposure to senior management

    Cons

    Career advancement / risk adverse environment


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Needs to work harder to become a great place to work in the hearts of the employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Established company with crowded pipeline in various therapeutic areas

    Cons

    Non transparent job interview process. Non- existent or poor post interview feedback that does not match with job requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work starts with trust.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and people

    Cons

    Balance between local and global priorities

  8. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, great team, flexible

    Cons

    Poor management, middle management needs an update

    Advice to Management

    You hire great people with great ideas... listen to them.


  9. "Diabetes Sales Specialist"

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

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    great product portfolio, great BI/analytics

    Cons

    limited funds for lunch and learns, relay on the coupons too much

    Advice to Management

    dont relay on the coupons, more marketing to differieante among the SGLT2


  10. "Great Team Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Great bennifits, Great pay, great teams to work with, for the most part great managers.

    Cons

    The Company is changing, some new managers do not "Live the AZ Values". Times are changing and more global services and pressures are being felt. What was once a great company is slipping.

    Advice to Management

    Retain your good people. Be more careful on your hiring practices especially when it comes to people managers.


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