Amgen
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Updated Apr 11, 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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Amgen Juncos, Puerto Rico. Good company, bad management

Senior Technician (Former Employee)
Juncos, PR

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

ProsGreat benefits, vacations, vp etc...no one can beat them, great people working there the Best in Manufacturing. If you want to lear this is the company for you.

ConsThe management and HR did not allow you to grow proffecionaly if you are not in their friends circle. If you report something they will discipline you. I moved after 9 years working there and in my new company gave me the chance to prove my self and the promotions $$$ in less than a year.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of all the management they just think in their bonuses and not about the people working there.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Boring, Uninspiring

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsGood Pay, easy job, beautiful campus

ConsLittle gets accomplished/changes, little room to learn new things or participate in projects your interested int.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire about 50% of the people working here.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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palliative medicine

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Juncos, PR

I worked at Amgen full-time

ProsChance to work, if one of the "selected ones" with recent operations/manufacturig tech. No longer the latest, cutting edge. Oportunities are no longer available to pick.
Given the current employment opportunities available locally, having a job is positive. This fact is used daily as a palliative.

ConsSelected ones: the ones in the eye of Directors and above levels, get the few chances to grow a career.
Management has a lot to learn about managing employees, usually there because they were good handling the hectic workload and sacrified their off-work life to get the promotion... no real management skills. So, successors need to work more, and sacrifice much to be seen as candidates... not the ones with proven people skills.
Employee Burnout is not taken care.
Water cooler conversations are sponsored quietly as a way to share information about health, promotions, management, terminations, etc.
Benefits have fallen to a me too stance... we'll see what other companies offer and we offer the same and lately... less.
Profits are the new north... Amgen values are mentioned less and less, and those values no longer are the driving force.
Don't think as a place to work until retirement... you'll be outsourced.
Each year, you will earn less and less, as no cost of living adjustments are done.
Proof? No raises this year for management, and surprise... non- managers were treated the same... but management gets three bonuses anyway.
Performance appraisals are dead ink, a worthless exercise.

Advice to Senior ManagementMuch work/passion/love dedicated by the creators, researchers and pioneers of this industry built a framework sustainable by the exemplary use of its major assets. Our patients deserve the best therapies, as we slowly... become one of them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Tough as a contractor

Regulatory Affairs Associate (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I have been working at Amgen as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsI've learned a lot, worked with some great people and enjoy the restaurants on-site

ConsLife as a contractor is tough. No promotions or upward mobility, hardly any raises.

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Not considering the employees

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Juncos, PR

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

ProsThe individual contrinutors are excellent, top of the top. Great teamwork between them.

ConsThere is no work/life balance and no career development towards their employees

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement have to be more leaders than bosses.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Constant change, lack of leadership at middle levels of management

Category Manager (Former Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

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

Prosgreat place to live, beautiful campus to work, nice people

Consunrealistic expectations by upper management, extremely risk adverse

Advice to Senior Managementrecognize everyone's contributions

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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When I started it was an amazing company. Over the years it has become a place that I would not recommend.

Manager (Former Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

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

ProsAmgen offers great benefits across the board. The 2 week paid shut down is a great plus. Some of the people are amazing.

ConsWork Environment. Middle management isn't always supportive of company decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease start paying attention to middle management.

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

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Bad management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Amgen full-time

ProsGood pay, and nice bonus

ConsBad management, no career opportunity

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Change can be good or....not

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

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

ProsIf you are part of a great team, work is not work.

ConsManagement protects one another, don't think your words matter, they can only get you into trouble. They do not take criticism well not do they want to hear it. Management is very gossipy, your conversations are not confidential.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou need an outside uninvested source to which complaints and concerns can be aired without repercussions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Permatemps wanted!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Thousand Oaks, CA

I have been working at Amgen as a contractor for more than a year

ProsInteresting work. Good salary, benefits, and perks for employees.

ConsPermatemp city! Probably 25% of the people in my department were brought in through staffing agencies and don't have health insurance, a retirement plan, or even vacation or sick pay. We have to take tons of unpaid time off during the year for company shutdowns. (Including two weeks at the end of the year. Merry Christmas to you, too, Amgen!) We basically have the same job functions and are expected to work as hard as regular employees, but are treated as second class citizens in every other sense. They subtly dangle the carrot in front of you that you might get hired at the end of your multiyear contract. It hardly ever happens these days, and they will just replace you with a new temp. Oh, and you will be expected to put a smile on your face and train your replacement.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so greedy and morally bankrupt. Hire real employees who might have a vested interest in the company's success.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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