Amgen Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
652 Reviews
3.5
652 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
Robert A. Bradway
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Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 67 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 73 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 17 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 30 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from this madness

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Finance  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Finance in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The salaries are higher than anywhere else, for similar titles.

    Cons

    Where do I start...
    >>> 70 hours work weeks are REQUIRED
    >>> An unsustainable business model, with 30% of the workforce being contingent workers (temps)
    >>> Absolutely chaotic environment
    >>> No senior leadership support for improving processes, CONTRARY to what they will tell you during the interview process!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are clueless...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unknown future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay and overall benefits. Summer and winter shutdowns are a nice bonus.

    Cons

    Constant re organizations and layoffs. Little to no respect or trust of senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Benefits  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Benefits in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Campus & Cafeteria and Benefits...

    Cons

    Communication is awful, no loyalty. They keep temp employees very long so they don't pay them benefits... Lay-offs left and right. They hire contractors/temps all the time so they don't have to pay benefits...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your HR departments and they way they operate... Not very honest in telling you what is going on...
    The treatment of employees is horrible! Take a look at your contractors/temps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A lot of hype

    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Company name and product deliverables

    Cons

    All the glam and benefits are only for full time employees. They treat contract/temps as second class citizens despite professional experience. Company intranet sites are blocked so they can't view full time employee perks.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run the other direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    southern california is a great place to live! Summer and winter shutdowns are great 10 extra days of vacation a year

    Cons

    boys club, lack of career progression, no meritocracy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Experience of Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BSR
    Former Employee - BSR

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great products, benefits, salary, bonus

    Cons

    Deceptive Company. All the way to the very end for me. Lied to us about expansion, future ect....Bad culture. From the very beginning I was led to believe this place had a great culture. Wrong! Everyone man from himself at this organization. Co-workers throw each other under the bus and these behaviors are encouraged. At one time perhaps a great culture has now been destroyed. Never have I seen so many incompetent leaders in my life all the way down to District Sales Managers. Worst I've seen. To this day, not sure how this woman was promoted. Absolutely, the laziest manager I have ever worked for. No benefit of the doubt ever. What goes around comes around. No accountability here. You could not pay me enough to work at this co again. Stay away unless you are absolutely desperate. There are much better organizations out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the lip service. Try a little transparency. Stop encouraging bad behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time

    Pros

    Generous benefits, 2 paid shutdowns, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Disorganized leadership, culture based on fear, lack of decision making ability. DIA decision making model implemented in some departments, not others. Shrinking budgets, continually asked to do more with less. Employees spin their wheels and aren't empowered to accomplish results. Morale is at an all time low. What used to be a good place to work isn't anymore. Limited room for advancement. Amgen no longer puts patients first, Bradway sees to it that stockholders are kept happy. Bradway is in a position to gut the company and take a big payout when he's done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to retain good talent to get the company through the rough economic times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Associate-

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, 401K, and easy job. This is a good and bad thing. If you are content in where you are. This is the place to be.

    Cons

    no room for movement at all. Must play the politics game and be good at it cuz there are people that can outwit you. HR services are for managers only and no internal movement process in place. Stuck forever unless you leave. Also, the more cuts they do, the worse it gets for you. 6 days a week working, calling all hours of the night, this leads to no time with family/marriage life or in regard to your health.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet your lower level people and don't form opinions based on hearsay. Also, this type of interactions will show you, who is capable to give you brilliant OpEx ideas. Also, people know when you are speaking around the issue for questions that are difficult to answer at All Staff meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance Manager  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Compliance Manager in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The salary and benefits can't be beat, but...

    Cons

    The management is taught to be tyrannical, disconnected from their employees, and extremely uncaring. I've never worked for worse, and I've been working for Corporate America for 20+ years. They are known for huge layoffs, they don't hire older people and those rare individuals that ARE there have been there for a long time and end up laid off. Finally the executive management fosters and environment of egotistical, self-centered, driven to succeed at all costs individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down from your lofty place and look at how you are treating your employees. Work life balance was a term I learned at Amgen, and it is a joke there. Teach managers how to MANAGE appropriately - not take advantage of staff by taking credit for their work. Get back to basics and treat people with dignity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    POC

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    Current Employee - POC  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - POC in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Amgen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amgen is finally moving(slowly be it) with industries standards.

    Cons

    Workload, work–life balance and senior management's reluctance to identify burnout! It is not uncommon for an entire group to be working on a sunday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sitting around pontificating, instead get out of your ivory tower to network with other big pharma/biotech colleagues. Processes should be implemented to work smarter not harder.

    Approves of CEO

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