Amgen Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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Pros
  • Work life balance is what you make it (in 82 reviews)

  • Amgen offers great benefits across the board (in 87 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance suffers due to continual firefighting (in 25 reviews)

  • Decision making is delayed due to the Risk averse culture (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Not the company it claims to be

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time

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

    Pros

    401k and onsite daycare are top notch

    Cons

    It's not what you know but who that matters for your career advancement. No work life balance. The Amgen values are meaningless words. People are afraid to speak up because they don't want to be victims in the inevitable next RIF.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your mission and values and see how far you've left them behind in your quest to increase shareholder value.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Program Management

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

    I worked at Amgen full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice Campus. Good 401K plan and paid vacation.

    Cons

    Benefits, bonuses and LTI diminishing year over year. The company has become a flat organization with very little opportunity for advancement unless you spend your time networking instead of doing a good job. This leads to incompetent people at higher positions that don't have the capabilities to effectively lead.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your top performers or they will leave. The belief of opportunities for growth is more important than promotions or compensation/bonuses is incorrect.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Horrible Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous 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

    They try to implement best practices (but don't do a very good job)

    Cons

    Bunch of racist hicks
    Management is terrible
    Employees gang up and blame contractors while it's really their fault
    Horrible project planning with literally no estimation done

    Advice to Management

    Lots to fix here


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  5. Nice campus

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Have you noticed that the main Pro people leave is that Amgen has a nice campus?

    Cons

    Poor management. There are too many contractors, which they treat as employees. It must make the bottom dollar look better than the cost of having actual employees with assigned desks and access to supplies like pens and note paper.


  6. cruz in the slow lane

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Not a good company for an intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Unwelcoming Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Overall, not worth it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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