Amgen Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
673 Reviews
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway
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Pros
  • With many tight deadlines, work life balance is available but not easily obtainable (in 76 reviews)

  • It has great benefits in their retirement plan and then have a great matching 401K plan (in 85 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees (in 23 reviews)

  • Culture does not promote decision-making at lower management levels (in 35 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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)

    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unique company doing its best to become just another big business

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    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much stress, very poor management, treat contract workers like aliens

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice campus. Food options for lunch are great. .

    Cons

    The workload can get overwhelming when there is lack of management or guidance. Huge discrepancy between treatment of full time staff and contract workers. 30% of employees laid off between now through 2016, while the CEO, VP and execs rake in millions of dollars a year in bonuses and stocks. No job stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure new staff gets the proper training that is needed. Maybe if execs weren't so hung up on raking in millions in bonuses, thousands of people would still have jobs. Replacing full time staff for contract workers will save the company money, but work morale, company reputation and work attitude is on a steep downhill.

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

    Stay away from this madness

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unknown future

    • 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 full-time (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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Benefits in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Benefits in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Amgen as a contractor (more than an 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
  8. 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 (less than an 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.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run the other direction

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Amgen full-time (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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Experience of Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - BSR
    Former Employee - BSR

    I worked at Amgen full-time (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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Sinking Ship

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

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