Amgen Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Unwelcoming Company

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Overall, not worth it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Thought this was going to be the company I would retire with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Newbury Park, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Newbury Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Good location and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Since closing offices and laying off 1,500 people in Oct. the morale is very bad and another layoff coming in March so it is not improving. No one knows who will get laid off until the day of the layoffs. Very stressful working environment. used to have the best benefits but now many jobs are going contract or laid people off and replacing with new lower salaries for new employees and less benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After laying off so many people, there shouldn't be a need to lower benefits and compensation. Need something to keep employees happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Amgen Juncos, PR. Good company, bad management.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Juncos, PR
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Juncos, PR

    I have been working at Amgen

    Pros

    Great benefits, vep, vacations, 401k..

    Cons

    Very bad management, decisions, ethics

    Neutral Outlook
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Not what it used to be.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Resign and go back to investment banking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Toxic work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful

    The most dreaded employer. Period

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Cultivating culture of fear is easy - try doing the opposite

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful

    Unique company doing its best to become just another big business

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented people, excellent 401K match and PTO (for now)

    Cons

    Layoffs and site closures causing talent to leave in droves. Executive leadership is deliberately ignorant of what it takes to deliver results in all parts of the business.

    Continual erosion of salaries and benefits are making the organization ordinary. Amgen's culture is one of blame and shame. Lack of career growth opportunities, the grade level and salary that you join with are both going to stay stagnant during your employment. Amgen does not promote its people, even more so in Information Services. If you are an IT person who is career oriented I cannot endorse working for Amgen. As an IT professional you will have better opportunities elsewhere.

    The organization used to be a good stepping stone to learn and train at, however now the opportunities to widen one's knowledge base are few and far between at Amgen.

    Be prepared for excessively long work days - 16 hours is the norm, plus weekends. As more people leave the ones that stay are expected to take on more and fall to their knees with thanks that they are employed.

    If you are a contractor be ready to be treated like a second class employee with nothing to offer. Don't even look sideways at a FTE or executive as they will remove you from the account for the most minor infraction, true or not.

    There is an acceptance of high levels of business risk across the organization, through IS, Information Security, product production, etc. There is a group-think strategy of running the entire company via Managed Services which I have never seen be successful in my career, and I don't foresee it being successful in this case either.

    Budgeting is penny wise and dollar foolish, with current financial processes that are so bureaucratic and antiquated as to be tangible business risk.

    The decision making process is a brilliant piece of process engineering, where responsibility of decisions are pushed to the line managers (with reference-able artifacts), yet decisions are truly made at the VP level. So, if a decision is incorrect, guess who is on the hook?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice I would give would fall on deaf ears, as executive leadership is not approachable and unable to process ground truth. Due to this, I have very serious concerns about Amgen's ability to deliver on its promises to launch new products and to safely produce products that are currently on the market.

    2015-2016 will be interesting years for the organization as I fully expect many of the company's strategic plans to fail due to a lack of qualified staff and inadequate funding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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