Great environment if you like learning and change. Good pay and benefits, interesting work with lots of opportunity to experience different facets of the organization. I am easily bored with routine but Pharma has so many pieces (research, development, clinical, medical, manufacturing, legal, procurement / supply) that I don't think you could ever run out of new things to learn. The Gaithersburg MD site recently switched to open office so be sure that is something you can handle if you are thinking of working there. Long hours, most people take their laptops home every night BUT most people there love their job. If work is an important part of who you are this is a great place.
Executive Sales Specialist (Current Employee) – Omaha, NE – July 10, 2018
Patient focused corporation that has a diverse culture and follows the science of medical needs. Management values employee feedback and continuously tries to make adjustments and improvements to make our work most efficient.
The most difficult part of the job is frustration with things we cannot control, i.e. insurance coverage. The company does its best to offer coupons and vouchers to help patients get the medicines most appropriate for their disease state.
Pharmaceutical Representative 2 (Former Employee) – Wilmington, DE – July 2, 2018
AstraZeneca and its products were there to help people live better lives health wise. You would start your day at one Doctors office and end your day at a different Doctors office. Was always given valuable planning time to reach your goals. Team members always willing to help one another through lunches with Doctors and share time. The hardest part of the job would be to reach a Doctor who was in a extremely rural area. Most enjoyable was the team coordination and helping people lead better lives through the medicines that AstraZeneca provided.
Team oriented activities, reward and recognition program
Healthcare coverage changed and it became harder to access Doctors
QC Analyst, Raw Materials (Current Employee) – Mount Vernon, IN – June 25, 2018
They pay well and have decent benefits, but there is still a high turnover rate. Management talks like they respect everybody, but they treat people like gears in the machine. There is hardly any advancement opportunities. If you are good at your job, you get told that you are too valuable to move anywhere else. The best employees get some experience there and leave. Management doesn't want to do anything but talk and refuse to face any problems. Multiple issues could have been avoided if management was proactive about dealing with problems in advance.
Data Analyst (Former Employee) – Wilmington, DE – June 4, 2018
AstraZeneca treated contractors like permanent employees. The only meeting we were excluded from were personal meetings regarding benefits. I worked on the Crestor project and was included in the FDA approval filming, and the celebration upon approval. Management took time everyday to visit with employees to discuss any problems or concerns.
A wide range of quality of managers, some great, some terrible. Your experience will be based on your manager. That in itself should speak to the company leadership and culture, allowing such a wide range of management skill levels for similar jobs. Do you want to work for a company that encourages bad management?
Director (Former Employee) – Wilmington, DE – May 23, 2018
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 headquarter support positions hard, with sales positions relatively untouched. Expectations to "do more withmore... less" are persistent, but everything remains a priority as senior leaders don't prioritize either at all or effectively. Result is continuous increases in workload for remaining employees at HQ. Expectations to leverage global resources for efficiency have taken time to get used to and in some cases haven't worked well where non-US support teams don't have the business understanding needed to address issues effectively.less
New Product Introduction (Former Employee) – West Chester, OH – May 22, 2018
AZ is a great company, but the actual position that you have makes all the difference. If you can stay with them, they are usually loyal company and will try to make every effort to accommodate their employees. Very empowering in terms of allowing people to make decisions, they invest in employee development. Lean culture is starting to penetrate.
Sr. Director Clinical Development (Former Employee) – Wilmington, DE – May 7, 2018
The pharmaceutical environment is dynamic and AZ is working hard to continue to be responsive. Multiple organization changes are occurring, therefore one culture in the company can be very different than another. All in all, it has been a great learning experience.
Clinical Research Manager (Former Employee) – Wilmington, DE – May 2, 2018
Innovative projects. Teams and colleagues are approachable and collaborative. You are given the information needed to do your job. Management is very approachable and resourceful. You are given the autonomy to make decisions to move your project along. Systems and processes are accessible and so is support. Knowledgeable team. I had fun running clinical trials.
Innovative projects and many opportunities to learn.