Amgen Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. cruz in the slow lane

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    very slow pace, and co-workers are nice, non-confrontational(+/-), good contract work

    Cons

    Received no notice when removed from project, full timers appear to have never worked in an industry that needs to drive results -- they appear to be very focused on the ever changing political landscape and not getting things done - not that I blame them. I guess it used to be an awesome place to work?

    Advice to Management

    AFP yourself

  2. Not a good company for an intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Newbury Park, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Newbury Park, CA

    I worked at Amgen as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location (can't think of any other pros)

    Cons

    Lots of politics in selecting candidates, even for an internship. If you have deep knowledge and skills, they won't accept you, unless someone pulls strings. Mediocre interns get hired all the time while the able ones with no strings get rejected. Once you get there, you won't learn much.

    Advice to Management

    Create meritocracy in hiring. Broaden your horizons and hire based in what the candidate can do, rather than immediate shallow knowledge. Bright candidates can learn much quicker than you think, even if they don't know the material right away.

  3. Helpful (3)

    This is the company to work for if you want to work in a demoralizing and a toxic work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Safety in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, gym and campus

    Cons

    Horrible management, Low morale, Lack of career development, Compensation is not competitive, Lack of appreciation of staff, promotes bullying behavior, management ignores issues brought to their attention, inexperienced people managers, management uses bullying tactics which is promoted and not addressed by senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending everything is okay especially when issues are brought to your attention, appreciate your staff, increase pay, stop promoting bullying by management. Provide management training to current management.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Unwelcoming Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Contingent Worker in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Contractor - Contingent Worker in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful, but there are no butterflies, bees, etc, which denotes a very unhealthy landscape.

    Cons

    No one smiles, not even in passing when walking around campus.

    There are too many contingent workers, which is a huge loss in tribal knowledge and causes stress because there is no security in the position you've accepted. In a group of 30 people, 5 were employees.

    Contingent workers are not made to feel a part of the team. They are not assigned work space nor provided resources to get their work done such as pens, notepads, or proper lighting in their work area. I was never comfortable leaving paperwork or even a pen at the desk I was sitting at because I could come in the next day and find someone else has claimed my spot and my pen. Not a great way to make a contractor feel part of the team.

    There are cafes all over campus, but the food is barely edible. The price of some items costs more than if you buy it off campus, but the hike to the parking lot takes too long to run to a drive-thru.

    Amgen plans to reduce the cost of operations by 50% over the next (5?) years. This means more unsettled employees, more contingent workers, and fewer resources.

    I manged to make it to the end of my contract with out walking off the job, so I'm not leaving this review as a disgruntled employee, just someone who was extremely unhappy and highly stressed over the security of my position the whole time I was there. This was not my first assignment at Amgen, but it will be my last.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to think about the employees and not just the stock holders. Word is getting out that this is not a good place to work.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Overall, not worth it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Two week long shutdowns (one mid year and another between Christmas and The new year).
    Good healthcare benefits.
    Onsite gym.
    Reasonable allowance of vacation and personal time.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a joke. It's really all about work. And it keeps getting worse.

    Too many meetings.

    Blatant favoritism.

    Policies that aren't equally enforced between departments and even within groups.

    You WILL be overworked. With the decrease in headcount and the uptick in new projects, most staff are being pushed to the breaking point.

    Morale is low.

    Management is becoming more and more blind to the reality of the situation.

    If you have anything other than a PhD then your career growth prospects are poor.

    Constant reorganization and an environment of fear is prevalent.

    There is a developing trend towards sacrificing quality to get things done. Audits are going to get ugly in the future.

    Advice to Management

    All of the reorganization has cost the organization vital people and all of the tribal knowledge and experience that were critical to the smooth execution of projects. Slow down. Think about what you're doing. Stop playing favorites and start playing fair. You're going to continue to lose great people with a wealth of experience and understanding of "the Amgen way". And, remember, you have some great contributors with BS degrees. Start to consider them for promotions instead of only looking for PhDs from outside the company. You're only causing dissent among some really hard working employees. Stop bleeding everyone dry. You're going to sacrifice quality and it's going to come back and bite you hard during audits.

  7. Amgen Juncos, PR. Good company, bad management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Juncos, PR
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Juncos, PR

    I have been working at Amgen

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, vep, vacations, 401k..

    Cons

    Very bad management, decisions, ethics

  8. Helpful (5)

    Not what it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is still competitive but rapidly deteriorating.

    Cons

    No longer a life sciences company but a profit center run by bean counters and mediocre directors paid to maintain appearances.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and go back to investment banking.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Toxic work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wages, 401k, vacation, sick leave if you can use it (although too many abuse it), used to have many company perks but not anymore

    Cons

    One of the worst work environments I've experienced. People are immoral, lazy, inefficient. It's all about politics and cozying up to the right people. Good talkers get promoted, but they have nothing to show for it. Top-heavy with too many managers that do no real work but get paid the big bucks. People are afraid to speak out in fear of retaliation.

    Advice to Management

    The layoffs were meant to make the company more efficient but the good knowledgeable workers are leaving and the useless managers are being retained. Fix that.

  10. Helpful (7)

    The most dreaded employer. Period

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I see that it gets rated as the top company with glass door. - may be because it has a free gym. I really don't see another big pro

    Cons

    Can't trust anyone. Most are scared to death trying to survive the next layoff. Culture is extremely insensitive. No holiday parties, no lunch outings, no nothing. Everyone is forced to talk about strategy, and science based processes. Everyone tries to pretend they are smarter than Booz, BCG, Bain as these firms are all embedded in company's culture but honestly speaking the employees can't figure out simple processes or manage the easiest controls. Policies are written by some robots and usually have no relevance to reality. Everyone and I mean everyone is super fake

    Advice to Management

    Cultivating culture of fear is easy - try doing the opposite

  11. Helpful (5)

    Used to be a great place to work before the core values were thrown out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The current benefits are great, but don't expect it to last.
    Full pipeline and lots of challenging problems to solve.
    Work life balance is what you make it.

    Cons

    The current executive staff are destroying the company. Morale is incredibly low. There is little contingency planning for the massive reorganization that is in process, and most current employees do not view the changes as being for the better.
    Last year there were no raises for mid career folks and above. This is likely to continue into next year. Salaries are considered overinflated. So, there have been slow cuts to benefits that are likely to continue. Great folks have worked for over 10 years with no hope of a promotion in sight. This leads to entire departmental groups of people skilled enough for promotion. So many in a pool like that leads to backstabbing and cut corners.
    Overspending on poor decisions and corporate perks continues unhindered despite cuts to staff.
    Additionally, there are so many administrative layers that one spends more time on administrative stuff than real science.
    Most who are smart are making plans to move on.

    Advice to Management

    We used to value good science, patient safety, our community, and each other in addition to return for stockholders. Unless you return to these values, Amgen will not survive.

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