Amgen
3.5 of 5 531 reviews
www.amgen.com Thousand Oaks, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 4, 2014
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Amgen President & CEO Robert A. Bradway

Robert A. Bradway

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT

Compliance Manager (Former Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

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

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

ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementCome 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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

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

ConsWorkload, 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

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No values, focused entirely on profits.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Amgen

ProsSorry, there are no pros.

ConsFor a company supposedly dedicated to health, the culture is toxic. Staff overworked, constantly asked to "do more with less." Many of the perks of the past decade have gone away.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Greed, outsourcing, and corporate reorg.

Associate (Current Employee)
Longmont, CO

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

ProsCompensation is very high for the amount of work involved.

ConsLayoffs, culture needs improvement, did I mention layoffs? My job has been sent off shore.

Advice to Senior ManagementCoach and give others feedback to improve performance.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Company policies only apply to Senior Leadership

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Longmont, CO

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

ProsPay and Benefits are the only reason people stay.

ConsNo rights for employees unless they are senior leadership. Management allowed to show private information with no rules enforced. Company policy states that showing private information is grounds for termination, this does not apply to certain grade levels.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management that will enforce rules and policies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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overall, a very disappointing experience, lots of corporate politics, back stabbing, and gossip.

Senior Associate (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

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

Prosthe health care benefits, "work-life" balance, two paid weeks holiday on top of the normal holiday schedule.

Conspeople being promoted to highest degree of ineptitude. Possible drug abuse discovered, interoffice politics, gossip, back stabbing, stressful environment.

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to employees, empower employees to grow and develop their careers, not just say it, do it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unfortunate to be part of the decline of a once exciting and important company.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I worked at Amgen

ProsLeaders in implementing new technologies and business strategies. Benefits are very good and they offer a lot of employee programs to support health and family. (Unfortunately, everyone is so over worked they can't benefit from these programs, but at least the company is making them available.)

ConsMore time is spent on corporate spin than on actually developing and manufacturing drugs. The politics have overwhelmed the work that is being done. Every bit of data is massaged and presented in presentations and more time is actually spent on colors and charts than on the actual data that went into the reports. So much time is spent "talking" about the data, the message behind the data is actually missing.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's not ALL about the shareholders. Put more focus on development and manufacturing. Elevate those within the company and be open to contrary opinions. Appreciate that dissonance creates value. Bring back Gordon Binder as a consultant to assist with identifying new opportunities that can grow Amgen beyond financial positioning.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I have been working at Amgen

ProsThe company has very good benefits

Consthere are too many layers in the company so work never gets done

Advice to Senior Managementclean house, 17000 people are not needed to run a company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Started great, ended bad

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Longmont, CO

I worked at Amgen

ProsThe nature of work is very satisfying: serving patients

ConsEverything else, esp the management or so called leaders

Advice to Senior Managementget your act together or leave

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not someplace I would recommend

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I worked at Amgen

ProsLarge company = great amenities on campus, good salary and benefits

ConsManagement is TERRIBLE. In my business unit management was completely incompetent. They were not qualified in the area they were leading, had no vision, no strategy & only talked about the issues, but put no plans in place. A total of about 8 people ruined my experience there. They played a nasty game of politics/empire building.

Advice to Senior Managementstick to what you know. try relying on the professionals you hired! Take a hard look at yourself and stop hiding behind alot of talk. do something.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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