Amgen Reviews

Updated July 21, 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. Only if You're Desperate

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

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Nice landscaping. Easy access to cafeteria-quality food.

    Cons

    Amgen is so afraid of crossing the contractor/employee line that they treat contractors like lepers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using contractors as throw-away employees. When recruiters call, the first thing they ask is if I'm interested in returning to Amgen. They already know the answer because no one wants to work at Amgen.


  2. IT at Amgen

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Specialist in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Amgen (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive. Bonuses are appropriate. Benefits are generally very good. All US staff gets paid vacation. Additionally, each US site shuts down twice a year for a week. This is in addition to an individual's vacation time.

    Cons

    Various key members of IT leadership have changed hands in the last few years. The new leadership is clearly looking to outsource anything that is not nailed down. Opportunities in IT are few and far between. As well, folks working in IT these days will likely be doing on site management of outsourcing partner resources from India.

    Advice to Management

    It may be the best strategy for Amgen that they're outsourcing all of the IT work, and scaling way back on new software projects. Those quality Amgen employees in IT that remain will begin to leave if their jobs are reduced to babysitting outsourcing partner resources.


  3. Amgen

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Bio-pharmaceutical Account Manager in Westpoint, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Bio-pharmaceutical Account Manager in Westpoint, IN

    I have been working at Amgen (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved working there the people at all levels were awesome.

    Cons

    When Amgen restructured you were not allowed to apply for any open positions and you are barred from reemployment even though you are in excellent standing and killing your goal

    Advice to Management

    Allow great employees to be rehired and apply for open postions


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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


  8. 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


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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.



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