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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."


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)"

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