AstraZeneca Employee Reviews about "medimmune"

Updated Oct 7, 2020

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AstraZeneca Executive Director, CEO Pascal Soriot
Pascal Soriot
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  1. "Review"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Pilot Production Technician III in Gaithersburg, MD

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Gym on campus at Gaithersburg site

    Cons

    Culture has changed since Astrazeneca bought off Medimmune. No longer Friday happy hours

  2. Helpful (1)

    "AZ is not the company Medimmune Was"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, bonus, LTI. You can learn a lot and work with very smart folks.

    Cons

    No work/life balance with 60 hours/week expected or you will get a low job review rating. AZ has biases against the former Medimmune employees and has made an effort to push them out of the organization and was told that in 2019 60% of those such employees left company. Has become a big pharma company and very political. UK management calls all the shots over the USA staff.

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  3. "Better as MedImmune but Not Terrible"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits. Very knowledgeable scientists so you can improve or gain a plethora of knowledge if you use the resources provided.

    Cons

    Many pains as the company that was formerly MedImmune aligns with AstraZeneca policies. The "great place to work" phrase that was earned by MedImmune is now long gone. While there are attempts to maintain a great workplace there is a long way to go until this may be an actuality under the new management and teams.

  4. "Medimmune No More"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Science-based research and great people to work with

    Cons

    Since AstraZeneca took over and retired the Medimmune name the biotech culture has been lost. Feels like big pharma with a higher emphasis on throughput and corporate image

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  5. "Company undergoing big changes"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ambitious plan to return to growth appears to be working

    Cons

    I originally joined CAT which then became MedImmune and then AZ. The changes that brought weren't for everyone, including me!

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Experience at AstraZeneca"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Boston, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people, good US location, excellent facilities

    Cons

    Below industry average for compensation, cost cutting across the company, consistent worry about US site closures, disjointed relationship with Medimmune that drives a two company model

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "Good place with a good environment-Many facets of learning"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Scientist II in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at AstraZeneca full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn and grow in terms of projects. Lots of Autonomy to make decision If you are with a good Manager, you can have a great career at MedImmune Small company feel in a BIG pharma tier 1 Global company environment GREAT fantastic fitness facility TGIF on Fridays have good food LOTS of vendors and supplier fairs that allow you to grow your circle and expand your horizons...making connections Lots of huddle rooms to help with team cross functional work Fantastic work life balance!

    Cons

    EVERYTHING is contracted out-YOU are responsible for purchase requisitions, quotations and processing it through. EVERY minor & major decision goes up to the product develompent teams and then to the GLOBAL project teams (GPT) When you sit in a GPT meeting, its all numbers, figures and values being dictated by Sweden & UK headquarters. The jargon is so convoluted, complex, abstract and hard to understand. Your decisions mean nothing really. Its all being influenced by another higher up GOOD LUCK getting a promotion! Nepotism is rampant. Cliques are common. If you are not a specific "demographic" good luck going above senior manager level The directors are mostly a specific "demographic" Low salaries compared to industry standard You will see many candidates with 0 years experience with a PHD become a Scientist II or Senior Manager, where as people with a Masters and 20 years experience be a Scientist I The science track is so hard to escape. Very difficult to get into managerial track Everybody is a scientist, Get used to a Science project environment. You get recognition and fame by doing posters....more posters, and EVEN more Science posters that result in no commercial launches. Just follow the science and do your poster! GET ready to work on a project for 2 months...put ALL YOUR HEART and SOUL in it and then have it RIPPED from you. then you start another project and work on it for 3 months....then have it transitioned to a new hire who is two levels above you who has NO knowledge whatsoever. Great way to ensure project continuity Get ready to put all your effort into a project...write all the plans and protocols, only to have your manager and the senior management go on that rosy business trip your place. Management have a DOG EAT DOG, Ghost KILL Ghost approach. They never align and constantly bicker Many colleagues come and join the company and leave the company in less than a year. They can barely hire replacements faster than personnel leaving Its always the favorites that go to the GPT meetings and GET ALL the CREDIT for the work you do Every project revolves around a HIGH LEVEL POWER POINT. Get ready to go to powerpoint school. Everything is about a HI level powerpoint presentation Learn to work with "snakes in suits", corporate psychopaths, bullies and narcissists Lots of Megalomaniacs around -Watch out! Good luck getting paper work approved Good luck getting people to show up to CRITICAL meetings It will be the project managers and senior scientists/Principal scientists that take all the glory and credit, They do nothing actually except do powerpoints and delgate work.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away, run away from Clinical Applications and Standards(CAS) team in clinical data management (CDM)!!"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time

    Pros

    Medimmune itself is a great company. The team members are knowledgeable and personable.

    Cons

    CAS is the technical clinical study build team(EDC) within clinical data management(CDM) The team morale has suffered tremendously. Micromanagement and Cronyism of the worst kind. Ineffectiveness, incredible incompetence, insecurity and a hopeless communication are all hall marks of this group. Team members put up with it just because they need a job. There is NO scope for technical growth, independence or empowerment The entire CDM group knows this and they put up with it simply because they are forced to. This has created a toxic work culture in and otherwise great group. It is so bad that two new full time employees( including a senior manager) quit in the recent past. This can be verified via linkedin. The CAS group has no credibility within the CDM team and internal customers actively avoid wherever possible. Complaints to HR unfortunately go no where. It is a suffocating experience to be in the CAS team. There is no growth, team morale is at its lowest ever.

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  9. Helpful (10)

    "Shooting themselves in the foot"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaithersburg, MD
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are dedicated to what they do and are great to work with Facility in Gaithersburg is nice, lots of perks

    Cons

    Starting in June 2018, it was announced that the telework arrangements that MedImmune employees had enjoyed for years were being eliminated because of the bad behavior of a few who took advantage. Are we in middle school? This was the single dumbest thing I have ever seen any management team do. It has bred a great deal of resentment, and many employees are leaving the organization because of it. My own department is seriously understaffed -- we had three directors leave within 4 months -- and it's hard to see how they are going to fill those positions, given that Gaithersburg isn't exactly a hotbed of excitement and that most career advancement opportunities involve moving to the parent company (AstraZeneca).

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "CEO is loosing touch with staff, benefits being cut, pay increase is low"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Cambridge, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at AstraZeneca full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Struggling to come up with any pros these days. The pipeline is good and there are some exceptionally talent staff but MedImmune as an employer has gone down hill and is loosing quality people due to continued "alignment" with AstraZeneca.

    Cons

    Big benefit cuts to pensions makes working here less attractive. MedI use to be head and shoulders above in their pension scheme which attracted and retained staff. Now they have decided to "align" with the market which means a lot of current staff taking a cut, making the company less attractive to current staff and new staff. CEO is getting more out of touch with the staff. Working from home is no longer allowed! Get real this is 2018, she also describing the UK as a tiny island was not a good move. Year on year very low percentage pay increases.

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