Overall Reviews at AstraZeneca
Director | Wilmington, DE | May 23, 2018
Great products, not the best leadership
CEO has done well to turn around lackluster pipeline and there are a lot of products that have promise and will really benefit patients. The pipeline is one you can be proud of as an employee. Commercialization efforts have not been meeting expectations (confusion over market share vs revenue/profit goals driving business priorities) and the commercial teams are under a lot of high stress to achieve unrealistic expectations amidst constant cutting back of resources.
The company has lots of really talented people putting in significant effort to achieve results, however recognition is often misplaced and does not recognize efforts. Significant turnover in key leadership positions over the past few years has been concerning. Not vetting high level leaders who manage up well, but really aren't the best candidates for the job, has allowed ego building empires where favoritism outweighs talent.
Additional significant recent changes to benefits have reduced morale. Company wants to operate more as a biotech, but (other than specialty or biotech sales roles) does not compensate like one. If you are fortunate to be in the specialty divisions where sales salaries are higher, you are compensated very well. In non-specialty and non-sales roles, compensation increases have stagnated and are lower than competitors. Bonus payouts have mostly been very good over the past ten years, with a few exceptions.
Constant headcount reductions to reduce SG&A expenses have hit headquart...more
ProsPipeline promising, great products
ConsLoss of top performers, talent, and leaders
Liaison | Wilmington, DE | Jan 7, 2019
Interactions with bright minds, lots of corporate rules, many only want to look good
upper leadership very prone to only hearing or knowing about your personal performance from direct line manager. Which means you either have a great relationship or you do not. This can be positive or highly detrimental to your career within the company and will determine success or failure. Lots of corporate change in terms of added duties and metrics which require adapting, putting down projects to prioritize activities as leadership sees fit.
Large company does not have a set way for those in certain roles to grow within. Big discrepancy of pay between those performing similar job functions.
Poor leadership, most afraid to speak up or, say what they mean, huge layoff of medical affairs 2016, many only care about their own image or success, few willing to mentor others unless seen as a positive for image within role, biased leadership styles among direct line manager in medical affairs, lots of preferentialism, specific line managers need more leadership, be more inspiring and less authoritarian, policy very open to interpretation by upper managers and can be misleading and interpreted either way causing issues within compliance that could have been avoided many times. Policy easily manipulated to reflect negatively but not clear in many aspects. Can be used against anyone.
Proscompany car, benefits, vacation time, life work flexibility, interactions with influential community leaders in national congresses
Conspoor leadership, most afraid to speak up or, say what they mean, huge layoff of medical affairs 2016, compete to be visible, many only care about their own image or success, few willing to mentor others unless seen as a positive for image within role, biased leadership styles among direct line manager in medical affairs, policy very open to interpretation by upper managers and can be misleading and interpreted
Patient Access Manager | Gaithersburg, MD | Apr 18, 2019
Horrible place to work
The Gaithersburg office is a terrible place to work! All of the management is from Covance, therefore, if you don’t have Covance on your resume, you will not receive a full time position.
The culture there is horrible and they scare the contractors into doing all of the work while the full time employees walk around and mingle all day.
Every week, they change the rules and regulations in regards to their expectations and unfortunately the message isn’t received across the board when it comes to quality.
They used contractors to have a good turn around time for their re-verification season and then fired all of them.
They hired a bunch of full time employees instead of converting the contractors that they had who had been contracting for years!
The place place is a mess and I hated everything about it for the little time that I was there.
ProsOption of having a 30 minute or an hour lunch
ConsCulture, management, forcing unrealistic deadlines, lack of diversity in regards to previous employment history, change of guidelines every week, very biased management
Operations Associate | Gaithersburg, MD | Jan 2, 2020
Fun place & Flexible with your schedule
It has a game room, a pool table, and a free gym. When I get to work I check my emails and reply and attend any meetings if any that day and do any other work that needs to get done. Then leave to pick up my kids. When I get home I get online to do more work. As long as you get your work done and you know your work your manager doesn't micromanage. It is very diverse which is great. I am still getting used to the open space. What makes the open space enjoyable is when you are next to two great co-workers. Being that I have kids they are very flexible with my work hours I am able to work from home after I pick up my kids. There is not a set time as when you have to be into work which is great. My manager is great to work with. The hardest part of the job for me is speaking in a group setting or just attending group meetings being that I am an introvert. What I have learned about being at this job is to always be ready for changes and willing to accept the change.
Intake Specialist | Germantown, MD | Jul 31, 2019
The typical work day at AstraZeneca was daily faxes, dat entry, creating cases for researchers to begin benefit cases for patients to start medication. What i learned in this field and at this job is that accuracy and punctuality is very important. The time that we get the faxes and create the cases for the researcher was very important because the patients need their medicines on time to better their health. Management was not up to par. I believe i was judged and not taken seriously at my place of employment at the time. I believe my manager and supervisor did not care for me. The work place environment was very diverse. The hardest part of the job was working extra hours and going above and beyond to get hired for the permanent position and not getting the position. I met a lot of people who helped expand my experience and knowledge as well as demonstrating my knowledge on the companies product.
Administrative Coordinator | Wilmington, DE | Mar 24, 2020
Excellent Company - Great job if you have the right boss
I would go back to Astra Zeneca, excellent benefits and working environment. Most people are great, but being a big company, there's the full range. You can be in a job you love with a great boss and change departments and have a boss that is very limiting of your role and all about themselves. Not to sound sexist but reality is that most of the women are on a power trip and try to be very controlling and keep you "down" in your position. Difficult to get out of an Administrative position unless you are finishing or have a graduate degree and really hustle and have the right supportive boss. The male bosses I worked for at AZ were much more supportive, encouraging, acknowledging good work and pleasant to work for. So all in all, AZ is a really great place to work when you have the right boss. With the wrong boss you could feel like it's the wrong company.
Sales Specialist | Chicago, IL | Mar 4, 2020
The Good & The Bad
Being an employee at AstraZeneca has both pros and cons.
Pros: Based on your position, your objectives and your teammates, it is a great place to work. Working at AstraZeneca was one of the best decisions that I have made in my career. The pharmaceutical industry has forged incredible relationships with customers and work colleagues. And as a Sales Rep, I have a lot of fun doing my job.
Cons: The workplace culture can be very toxic and the industry itself has significant volatility. Often, I have found that unless you are hand picked by management, the leadership/development opportunities are extremely scarce, no matter how well you perform. Also, for some of the development opportunities (which are auxiliary roles), there is no additional compensation or development reward for assuming these roles, which is very discouraging.
Administrative Coordinator | Gaithersburg, MD | Jun 13, 2019
Great place to work until it's not
Having worked for other "Best Places to Work" prior to coming to work for AZ, I was completely smitten with the company when I first started. The culture was great, the work was interesting, very forward thinking and wonderful team environment. Job security is non-existent and reorganization happens far too frequently. They treat you like gold, until you are yesterdays news. There is little empathy for countless employees who lose their jobs, some of whom have worked for the company for many years, some of whom have relocated for these positions, some of whom have moved their families cross country or even across the globe. All the wonderful perks to working here can not compensate for the constant reorg and lack of job security.
ProsEco-friendly, work-life balance, compensation
ConsNo job security at all, Upper management is out of touch.
Project Manager | Wilmington, DE | Nov 13, 2018
I applied to AstraZeneca's engineering department as part of a cooperative opportunity (co-op). It lasted 6 months and in that short amount of time I was able to sit-in on decommissioning meetings as AstraZeneca was in the process to getting rid of its research and developing (R&D) building; researched and priced vendors products for bathroom remodeling projects; assisted in the redesign of a data-center as the servers wasn't being cooled properly in the current location and would occasionally over-heat; led an upgrade elevator project where I received bids and sat on the approval meetings to award bids to contractors, also, developed the scope, schedule, and cost analysis for approval by department head; lastly, assisted in the summer high school internship program.
ProsPleasant working environment and flexible work schedule.
ConsDown sized and had huge lay-off.
Senior Territory Manager | Wilmington, DE | Jan 18, 2019
Great company, great manager
Daily persuasive selling to physicians and office staff regarding medications. Constant interaction with physicians and staff both on a professional and personal level. What I have learned in over 25 years of being a pharmaceutical representative is that rapport building is the best sales tool you can have. Management is constantly shifting and or leaving. The culture is that to be successful and work both hard and smart but not to forget time with family. The hardest part of the job is dealing with formulary inclusions (or not) for medications for both commercial and medicare patients. The most enjoyable part of the job is the daily interactions I have with the doctors and the staff, like many other phrama reps I have become close friends with some of my physicians.