I am a Working Team lead for a therapeutic area, so my typical day is resourcing work, editing corrupted document and publishing. I've learned how to work harmoniously with the Swedes. My co-workers are knowledgeable and team players. The hardest part of my job is jumping between a very involving project and having to stop and resource work within my working team. I enjoy my job for the most part but I enjoy getting submissions done with quality and having my team appreciate all my efforts.
Work remotely when needed; flexible hours; great vacation time.
Work more than 10 hours a day for the most part. Advancement in a big organization is slow.
Specialty Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Poughkeepsie, NY – August 8, 2016
AstraZeneca offered a good paying job, with a very nice work/life balance. There was no room to advance with the small minded managerial appointments made during 2013 and 2014. Management promoted who they liked, not who could sell. The culture suffers greatly from the high school like atmosphere I witnessed during my tenure.
Associate General Counsel (Former Employee) – Gaithersburg, MD – September 27, 2016
I had a close to ten years career at AstraZeneca, beginning with a role as incoming corporate counsel and ending as a senior corporate and transactions counsel - lots of deal and risk management exposure. Great experience and environment.
Senior Engineer, Validation (Former Employee) – West Chester, OH – June 24, 2016
They are moving to a very LEAN Culture without taking into account they are producing a Sterile Injectable. The concept is a good one, but they are cutting far to close to the bone to allow the people to remain nimble and able to address changes or issues quickly...
Expansion and rapid growth destabilized many established teams which left the team members uncertain about the future and lowered productivity.
Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist (Former Employee) – New Jersey – October 8, 2016
Rapid growth and acquisition of a new company changed the dynamics of the Pulmonary division leaving many district team members uncertain and the future of their team. Many managers committed themselves to future opportunities and spent little time focused on the development of teams already established. There was little to no concrete information shared by management about the future of many existing teams therefore, seasoned employees focused on finding new positions elsewhere leaving 30% of the existing sales team displaced to be absorbed by other districts. The team members that were left had uncertain roles for the future with the very real possibility that current positions would be dissolved or replaced with no promotional or lateral opportunities available. The typical work days are spent calling on high target HCP's working to maintain market share and reverse automatic product switches due to loss of formulary status of major local and state insurance providers. Lunches are held several times a week where I capitalize on the opportunity to promote the product benefits for the patient. As an experienced and effective representative, I was able to spin the negative and spend less time on damage control. Management was not forthcoming or reassuring about upcoming changes which left remaining co-workers gossiping and scrambling for positions that where not yet posted. About 50% of employees share this less optimistic view of the companies culture and direction. The other 50% that have had some history with the company share views of a brighter and more stablemore... times when the company was not in a state of flux defending against hostile takeovers and managing the growing pains of acquisition to stay in a solvent position of power. This time in the history of the company will only be remembered as a bump in the road. This will quickly pass and the company will shine as bright as it always has until the next shuffle of power in the top management. I hope that they learn from history and not repeat the cracks in the core that could shake the foundation.less
The benefits of the company are good if you are there long enough to take advantage of them.
Growth and change brought instability & chaos to this company affecting it's most valuable resource, the employees.
PSS (Current Employee) – Wilmington, DE – August 11, 2016
The company is very proud and generates its local focus on getting respiratory patients the best medicine at the most convenient cost. AstraZeneca has developed a great culture around placing the patient first in every call with a provider.
Packaging Supervisor (Former Employee) – West Chester, OH – October 13, 2016
Great Pay and Benefits but too many changes and not enough opportunities. More of the good old boy system catering to the white males. Have military backgrounds and your good regardless of less experience. Not enough diversity or support for female professionals. Position was impacted under 2 yrs. Have many years of experience but director kept a former military with first year experience. How he could be more qualified isn't possible.
Flexible schedule, good benefits, not a lot of growth opportunities.
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sales Specialist (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – May 18, 2016
It's a good starting company for your career. Once you have a set salary, you'll be lucky to get $2000 of increased pay a year. Not a lot of room for significant growth. They're cutting down on budgets because Crestor is now generic. Flexible schedule. Good benefits.
Production Technician II (Current Employee) – Frederick, MD – June 28, 2016
Good job. Management needs to communicate better to subordinates! Overall good company with good pipeline. For the most part, the people are of good quality, although some won't hesitate to throw you under the bus!!
Sr. Diabetes Sales Specialist (Current Employee) – Wilmington, DE – November 1, 2016
It's a good company that's really family oriented. The hardest challenge is their progression process. Even if you have years of experience, you still have to start at the bottom in regards to getting promoted.
Family and patient oriented
Challenge in career progression until you put in the years
District Sales Manager (Former Employee) – Sarasota, FL – September 8, 2016
AstraZeneca is a large organization that still feels like a medium sized company. There are opportunities for growth and management is supportive. There has been a lot of change but that is becoming standard in the industry.