AstraZeneca

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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."

Reviews

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."
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"
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."
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"
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."
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"
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."
Receptionist/back office, smistamento telefonate (Former Employee) says "Ritardo nei pagamenti dello stipendio. Ancora ora sto aspettando il tfr"

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