AstraZeneca Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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AstraZeneca PLC is a Swedish-British multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company with its global headquarters in Cambridge, England. Its R&D is concentrated in Cambridge, Gaithersburg, Maryland, U.S. and Mölndal, Sweden. AstraZeneca has a portfolio of products for major disease areas including cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, infection, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation. The company was founded in 1999 through the merger of the Swedish Astra AB and the British Zeneca Group (itself formed by the demerger of the pharmaceutical operations of Imperial Chemical Industries in 1993). Since the merger it has been among the world's largest pharmaceutical companies and has made numerous corporate acquisitions, including Cambridge Antibody Technology (in 2006), MedImmune (in 2007), Spirogen (in 2013) and Definiens (by MedImmune in 2014).

A former logistics worker shared this demising review: "The worst part of AstraZeneca is the people. They are absolutely horrible people to be around. Everyone from HR/trainers/supervisors/managers/workers are the worst of the worst. Don't come here. This would however be an ideal place for people with serious felonies who need money for awhile. It would be a good place for someone transitioning out of prison to get back on their feet. Stay away from this company, you will regret taking the job the day you start. The "logistics" operations are 30 years behind anything one could even consider modern. Laziest, trashiest people you will ever come across."


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Former Employee - Material Handler says

"The level of incompetence displayed by supervisors and anyone who is not a worker is to another level. The tokenism is laughable and disgusting. This is an anti-American, alt-left company deadset on destroying American values. The obsession with liberal education is too much, with all these graduates not having a clue about anything they think they do, allowing the weak to win. This is against science and basic American values. It is really sad and depressing. Everyone who is not a worker is just an inexperienced idiot. If you aren't a token or fit in with the alt-left, there is no future for you at AstraZeneca. You don't follow the science. You give jobs to tokens. You play to lose. AstraZeneca is a disgusting disgrace."

Former Employee - Internal Communications says

"Although the compensation and on-campus perks are amazing, they do not make up for the stress, anxiety and disrespect I endured while working here as a Black woman. Just weeks after I was hired, my bosses and team started criticizing me for not meeting expectations which were never communicated to me, although I was not properly onboarded and was not provided the proper training on team processes or expectations. I would get reprimanded for little things, like not replying right away to acknowledge that I had received emails, or not telepathically knowing that "get this done whenever you can" actually means "get this done yesterday." Somehow, my peers could get away with spontaneously taking the afternoon off, but when I announced any planned time-off two days in advance, I was told that I was taking "too much time-off." Slowly, the narrative was changing--I was no longer a competent communications professional, but an "inept, consistently absent" employee, even though I hadn't taken any more time-off than my white peers. I constantly felt as if I had to prove myself, prove that I belonged. When I was away from my workstation, my team would sometimes bad-mouth me within earshot of other workers. If I had to leave the office a little early, the comments included, "Where is she going this time?" My manager was once overheard saying that I "always have doctor's appointments." I should clarify here that at the time that I was hired for this role, I had well over 15 years of experience and a proven track record of meeting deadlines and delivering excellent work, and was simply trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance. When I tried reaching out to former managers and mentors for support, I was told that they didn't want to get involved. Eventually, I quit due to increasing anxiety, stress and burnout. And when I did, several other Black colleagues came out of the woodwork to confide in me how poorly treated they had been for many years. To this day, I have a few friends of color who still work there and who are still experiencing the worst forms of microaggressions and sometimes outright racism. AstraZeneca is a great place to work--but not for people of color."

Current Employee - Laboratory Analyst (Microbiology) says

"An incestuous, overly political, extremely poor management team: The department is run by people who don't know what they are doing. Everyone is basically technicians. Majority of them are not professional, have limited management skills and are not even educated with the proper degree for their positions. They repeatedly demonstrate some of the most childish behavior I've ever witnessed it my career. I've never seen a leadership more capable of setting people up for failure, and then blame them for it when they do. They drag you around until you either break or you leave the company. The department is in constant chaos and they continue to re-org with very little benefit it seems. There is no career development whatsoever and there is favoritism abound. Advancement is not based on tenure, education, or experience; it is by who you can get close to. Management makes promises and rarely provides closure. They say engagement is "critical" but do not support individual participation nor do managers encourage inclusion on the annual review process."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Waltham site is increasingly leased out. Center-of-mass in US is Gaithersburg, especially post-Medi integration (which has been going for a year now). Career progression is very slow. Management promises change then slow walks everything like they are saving money."

Current Employee - Associate Director says

"Toxic culture. No leadership"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Those that have been there the longest are the ones that cause drama and gossip the most, they look for reasons to get people in trouble and treat co workers poorly because they are untouchable. I witnessed people get together to discuss what they will say to HR and management regarding people they do not like or plays by the rules set forth by Astra Zeneca and I watched management and HR target those same people. There was encouragement to record people’s conversation and present the recordings although this was against company policy. The place was so toxic and unwelcoming especially towards darker skinned or mixed people when the mixed people were identifying black. There was protection for certain people although they were blatantly racist and discriminate against people who they did not identify with and management as well as HR supported this behavior. Quality group would write untrue things in deviations, training records were falsified by those higher in management and the company got away with these things. The company seems to be racist and makes people that are not of the majority suffer by poor treatment. The people that have been there as manufacturing operators are the worst people to work with, the ad was person is nasty and treated people like crap purposefully intimidating those he did not like and favored those that were Spanish speaking."

Current Employee - CRA says

"The company tried to expand too quickly, resulting in hiring poor quality of CRAs and managers. The management team plays favorites and only promote those who can brown nose their way to the top. Others who work endless hours and provide quality work are overlooked because they are not given visibility to management team. You will not be promoted unless your manager allows you to be promoted."

Current Employee - National Account Manager says

"No work life balance Use old bell curve for evaluation Ruthless management"

Current Employee - Field Sales says

"You are a number, you are not valued and the majority of upper management has been promoted through nepotism, not merit."

Phd Scientist says

"Getting treated like you’re a worthless piece of garbage. Lack of transparency of data sharing across functions. The high level of a competitive nature that’s counterproductive for advancing the science. All the trash talking that happens behind your back (like they’re so clever and good at doing it discretely)"

Logistics Worker (Former Employee) says

"The worst part of this place is the people. They are absolutely horrible people to be around. Everyone from HR/trainers/supervisors/managers/workers are the worst of the worst. Don't come here.This would however be an ideal place for people with serious felonies who need money for awhile. It would be a good place for someone transitioning out of prison to get back on their feet.Stay away from this company, you will regret taking the job the day you start. The "logistics" operations are 30 years behind anything one could even consider modern. Laziest, trashiest people you will ever come across. Absolutely nothingPeople, the actual job, everything"

Representative (Former Employee) says

"They have their favorites. If you worked at Covance than you’re ok to become a FTE. Which is a bunch of bull. The majority of the employees are from Covance even the managers. They hire family and place them on different teams. As an contractor you have to work extra hard as the FTE walk around an talk all day. Once they decide they no longer need you they end your contract even if you’ve worked there for over an year. This place was the worst place I’ve ever worked. Management is the worstRelaxed dress “ jeans everyday”Management is the worst they have no clue"

Patient Access Specialist (Former Employee) says

"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.Option of having a 30 minute or an hour lunchCulture, management, forcing unrealistic deadlines, lack of diversity in regards to previous employment history, change of guidelines every week, very biased management"

Receptionist/back office, smistamento telefonate (Former Employee) says

"Ritardo nei pagamenti dello stipendio. Ancora ora sto aspettando il tfr"

data entry every week (Former Employee) says

"I worked as a contractor and the management only wanted numbers with no work in the system. The right hand didn't care what the left hand was doing.working from home during the snow dayLow numbers managers not getting reason why"

Fitness Center Receptionist (Former Employee) says

"Checked people into a small gym cleaned equipment, took towels to laundry room. Made sure people were safe and using the equipment properly. Never had any issues."

Sales Representative (Former Employee) says

"boys' club atmosphere in our area- not always evidenced throughout country. some people surprised at our area. we had very little chance to advance compared to others.good pay for geographic areaawful stress, poor managers"

Package Technician (Former Employee) says

"On the surface the My Vernon sight appears to be fourth right, but once you peal away the surface it's surprising the doors are still open... The company has several continent workers from at least 5 different agencies, so the pay various depending on the contract agency you work for.... Their hiring practice is to say the least shady, it's a shame because the personal rewards of being a part of something that saves lives, was personality rewarding. If AZ held its full time employees to the same standard as their contingent employees, cGMS would be followed to the T.Easy work, if your hired full time you could work well into your 60'sEthics."

Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"Frequent Layoffs, not a good company to work for. Definitely, not a place that you would consider working for longevitiy. Probably one of the worse places I have worked for.Good Cafeteria, Onsite GymLayoffs, poor training, bad corporate culture"

Pharmacuetical sales representative (Current Employee) says

"ok. I did not enjoy my experience at this company. I wish i would have worked elsewhere. This company is poorly managed and is not interested in its employees. This company is only interested in what benefits the company .paylife"

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative (Former Employee) says

"I did not like working for this company/. There are frequent consistent changes over and over and its too much. It is not a good thing."

Test Lead - People Services (Former Employee) says

"Very productive, work/life balance culture, flexibility of work hours, friendly, fun work place, very supportive management Overall rating - work/life balance, salary/benefits, job culture"

Clinical Study Associate (Former Employee) says

"the culture of this place is horrible only thing I liked was the working from home"

Medical Director (Current Employee) says

"management is shady at best. The organization is fragmented between Medimmune and AstraZeneca, they do not collaborate. Politics are worse than capital hill. Also very sexist organization. There are a few good people but they never stay because talent is not valued.noneliars"

Visitor (Former Employee) says

"N/A, Nothing to say, I have not work in AstraZeneca. Is international, multidiciplinary."

Senior Strategy Manager (Current Employee) says

"Highly colloborative and diverse global environment where I work with varied stakeholders across our global footprint to deliver value through IT products and services."

Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) says

"I was a contractor here and you are constantly reminded that you are one. There’s no hope for moving up unless you are related to someone and there is a bit of a racists culture within the company. It’s a decent holdover but it’s not the place you grow with, get some experience and get out. Would not recommend"

Distribution Manager, Global Logistics EMEA (Former Employee) says

"Negativa aspekter: Stressig men utvecklande. Mycket fokus på brandkårsutryckningar samt att det läggs väldigt lite tid på att göra långsiktiga förbättringar. Positiva aspekter: Trevliga kollegor."

DELEGUEE MEDICALE (Former Employee) says

"Suite à l'achat de mon réseau j'ai intégré AZ qui n'est pas du tout une société humaine la RH a bien été formé par Bille pour licencier rapidement.voiture fonctionrh"

Worker (Current Employee) says

"You can be physically assulted in the hallway and they do nothing about. When you keep asking for resolution, the fire you. A lot of favoritism shown"

Eileen says

"The Covid vaccine laId me flat for two days with a 103 degree fever. After that, back cramps from hell!"

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