AstraZeneca Restructuring

New CEO to announce outcome of new restructuring plan in Jan Feb, what's he going to say?

Pfizer bids to purchase

Pfizer bids to purchase AstraZeneca.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/20/us-pfizer-astrazeneca-bid-idUS...

AZ: Mundane Science, costing

AZ:
Mundane Science, costing billions.

Pfizer to buyout and asset strip - sanity at last!

Excellent argument

Excellent argument

Excellent argument

Excellent argument

Glad to see that even ex-AP

Glad to see that even ex-AP employees haven't lost any of the arrogance they've always been famous for!

As I said, I don't work at

As I said, I don't work at AP. I'm not commenting on my own skills or capabilities, but I know at AP I was surrounded by a lot of great scientists who inspired me every day.

Glad to see that AP employees

Glad to see that AP employees haven't lost any of the arrogance they've always been famous for!

Having taken the redundancy

Having taken the redundancy package last year and moved down to the south east to work for another company, I now believe that in most cases AZ already employ the best. If these employees do not wish to move I have no doubt they can find alternative work and/or apply their talents to other fields. AZ has spent years recruiting the best and developing their workforce in the North West. However, I very much doubt there will be scores of candidates of the same calibre to fill the empty roles in Cambridge.

"Just had a look on Rightmove

"Just had a look on Rightmove and from £125K to £400K there are 629 properties within 5 miles"

Wow, they must be selling quickly then - there are only 140 now !

I think you might want to

I think you might want to recheck your figures and do some sums on how many people are wanting to relocate. Rightmove shows under 10 properties between 125k-400k. I dunno what you get paid, but I would be concerned if I had to wait for the processes of AZ to take hold before I could make a move.

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just had a look on Rightmove and from £125K to £400K there are 629 properties within 5 miles and more than 1000 if you go out to 10 miles.

I think you might want to

I think you might want to recheck your figures and do some sums on how many people are wanting to relocate. Rightmove shows under 10 properties between 125k-400k. I dunno what you get paid, but I would be concerned if I had to wait for the processes of AZ to take hold before I could make a move.

Related to closure of CVGI or

Related to closure of CVGI or large reduction of head count in said department
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"You will require more than

"You will require more than one years salary to move from AE to Cambridge. Literally £250,000 will get you a small 2 bedroom flat. £500,000 will get you a small 3 bed semi with a box kitchen and no garden."

you can get a 3 bed semi within 5 miles of Addenbrookes according to Rightmove, for £250K

"You will require more than

"You will require more than one years salary to move from AE to Cambridge. Literally £250,000 will get you a small 2 bedroom flat. £500,000 will get you a small 3 bed semi with a box kitchen and no garden."

you can get a 3 bed semi within 5 miles of Addenbrookes according to Rightmove.

"You will require more than

"You will require more than one years salary to move from AE to Cambridge. Literally £250,000 will get you a small 2 bedroom flat. £500,000 will get you a small 3 bed semi with a box kitchen and no garden.

You should take your 1 year salary and spend it on the lottery."

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Sounds cheaper than Alderley Edge…..

Actually no we dont... You

Actually no we dont... You are too late. Damn.. :-/

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You will require more than

You will require more than one years salary to move from AE to Cambridge. Literally £250,000 will get you a small 2 bedroom flat. £500,000 will get you a small 3 bed semi with a box kitchen and no garden.

You should take your 1 year salary and spend it on the lottery.

is the one year's salary

is the one year's salary moving bonus not on offer for the move to Cambridge?

Don't know about schools,

Don't know about schools, biggest issue for most are the hilarious house prices, and the equally hilarious "enhanced" relocation. Most people will take the severance and walk. I'm wondering if that's the plan or whether panic will set in by mid 2014 when they realize nobody's going to la-la land. Hey PS - not too late to do the "hard right thing" and stop this insanity. Save the company a billion dollars too. That or double the salaries on offer to give people a chance of actually not living in a shed in the middle of nowhere.

I hear there are no school

I hear there are no school places available in Cambridge. Am I wasting my time considering a move? Will AZ work with Council to increase number of available places?

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Well no one will be offered

Well no one will be offered relocation unless your a senior manager career level F+ (so grab the relocation and what you can obtain in discussions with the HR business partners), serve your two years and jump ship, I'm sure that Mene etc will :o)

So how do you motivate those left in AP for the next 2-3 years, don't think that AZ is going to get much dazzling science from the ones they turn around and leave, not worth selling your soul for a bonus if you have no career.

Best wishes AZ, nice to know you, but hey in 3 years, I wont keep in touch.

Almost enough to pay for a

Almost enough to pay for a plot of land outside the lmb was it?
Stratified medicine initiative. Big massive animal house.
Tax breaks. Bioincubator mark IV. You will have a blast off all those phds around cambridge.
Its a perfect fit that new building n all. Almost as if it were 'by design'.
Whats the pipeline like? Pretty good is it? Being conistently beaten to the punch is not something you should feel sorry about... its not your fault. Move your ass in this modern world and you will be fine. If you can live off the land then good luck to you. Just so happens theres a lot of poaching money around camb uni these days. Lost position to oxford did they.
The way the world works.

Look, thats the whack. Take

Look, thats the whack. Take it.

It aint no wonder drug wonderland. Far from it.

Top deal the mrc got for all your failed, canned phd projects though eh.

Bet that was a nice little earner.

Idiot

Idiot

Oh, and just in case you were

Oh, and just in case you were thinking I had missed something.
'Northerners', or people pretending towards being northern, or those infected by 'North', are NOT welcome in oxford. So scratch that one off entirely.

Because cambridge is where

Because cambridge is where its at.
Its either that or stevenage or slough.
Besides, from cambridge you can get anywhere using roads.
Up at AE you dont have roads, so you may not be familiar with some of the advantages.
By the way, cambridge is modern, and the modern trends are to try to use roads less. So it appears you may have missed out on a small yet significant stage in civilisation, where use of roads was/is free and widespread. This is no longer the case in modern places like cambridge because so many people migrate there to make use of the roads that there are too many 'road users'.
If migrating to stevenage and slough, you would be destined to give up all hopes and future plans of using roads, leading to nihilism, or you would flee to dorset or norwich, taking a detour as either an environmentalist, or plant scientist, before starting a small holding or farm as a means of survival.
Interestingly the small holding, or farm, is not exclusive from or an exception to any of the above, even staying at AE. It is just one of the few restricted endpoints you may arrive at through being a scientist.

Alternative routes are: retrain as a teacher, accountant, air hostess, personal trainer (descartes dualism manifest) hair dresser, property tycoon, or food nutritionalist. But be aware that willful regression of your own ambitions may cause you to trascend self, missing the point entirely, and assume a fate destined only for nihilism in its most cataclysmic form, as a way of inflicting an encumbrance worser than working of AZ.

The latter can be identified by one key symptom of finding ones-self considering moving to London. The 'London Gutterhouse Disorder'. A good therapeutic exercise to avoid this horrible disease is to use self analysis and meditation. Each morning (4:00am) before you shovel shit down the farm, use a mirror and say to yourself "in london, all we can afford is a gutterhouse". Repeat this until you feel content with the idea that shovelling shit is a more attractive endpoint than working for AZ.

Can someone please remind me

Can someone please remind me why we're moving to Cambridge again? I'm trying to be optimistic but would appreciate some help. Still no plans for the new site, rushing people down (panic - or dire attempt to convince the market things are really happening) to multiple sites (I have a really radical idea for getting everyone on one site - a stated aim - that would save a billion pounds or so), either being deceitful about numbers required or just unable to count. More people might consider moving but for the lack of trust. Helpful reassurance would be appreciated.

Sounds like somebody had one

Sounds like somebody had one too many last night.

so what I'm hearing is that

so what I'm hearing is that you hate your biological mother

I went swanning around

I went swanning around cambridge the other day telling everyone how I had been offered a relocation for being such a handsome smart-arse. Good thing I found all those wonder drugs and got myself such a sweet deal with AZ. Your relocation package is what you negotiate when you join AZ losers! Not at your exit interview.

Did anyone get the talk about joining linkedin?

Go and sell your arses around stevenage. There are a bunch of cunts like me down there and the houses are cheap as shit so they can try and fill the catalyst.

Shame most of all the real scientists are relegated to support roles for the phd student elites running shit down the pan.

Me. Relocation package was

Me. Relocation package was minimal since I have to move two teenagers out of their school, but we're thinking to take it and run. I think we might rent out to some rich bankers while hubby finds a new job. Good news is cambridge is quite good for jobs.

We checked out house prices and it looks like we will have one less bedroom and no garden, but there are a few things available and we found somewhere fitting.... So the cultural change will be starting at home. St Neots seems likea nice town, full of failed scientists. We could always buy a boat instead.

Has anyone thought of starting their own company?

So has anyone had an offer to

So has anyone had an offer to go to Cambridge?

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Some GMD support functions

Some GMD support functions

Are they iMed scientists or

Are they iMed scientists or one of the supporting units?

Not still at Macc - moving

Not still at Macc - moving from AP to Macc. Was news to me.

This is not news? From the

This is not news? From the start we've known there would be some R&D staff still at Macc. What's changed?

Who knew? Macc works is a

Who knew? Macc works is a Science Unit and there will be R&D staff there. After all the promises of co-location and vibrancy in Cambridge, oh and promises/threats of redundancy...

Who knew? Macc works is a

Who knew? Macc works is a Science Unit and there will be R&D staff there. After all the promises of co-location and vibrancy in Cambridge, oh and promises/threats of redundancy...

Despite all this talk of a

Despite all this talk of a new start and new culture in Cambridge I'm hearing that many of the old management have already been offered their jobs in the new haven.

What does the standard

What does the standard relocation package look like?

so much for a fresh start at

so much for a fresh start at Cambridge. Having 3 different categories of relocation is going to cause a lot of bad blood....as if AZ didn't have enough of that already

so much for a fresh start at

so much for a fresh start at Cambridge. Having 3 different categories of relocation is going to cause a lot of bad blood....as if AZ didn't have enough of that already

So I went on a "relocation

So I went on a "relocation awareness" session. It now transpires that there are 3 categories of relocation packages to Cambridge:
Enhanced (1 year's salary bonus)
Standard (no bonus)
No relocation support (less than they would give to a new-starter).

They also said that they may look to recruit some positions in locally in Cambridge rather than offering AP staff a job! i.e. they no longer want to mitigate against redundancies.

Good to see AZ rumours back on-line. As an ex-AZ, let's have some updates on what's been happening in the past couple of months !

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